HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Palestine - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up vs Palestine's Sareyyet Ramallah on Saturday, 4:45 pm

Hamas agrees to steps toward Palestinian unity

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Palestinian Islamist movement agrees to dissolve a so-called 'administrative committee' and says it is prepared for elections

A Palestinian man and his daughter walk past a graffiti reading in Arabic ''Division'' in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections. Hamas said it had agreed to key demands made by Fatah: dissolving the so-called "administrative committee", while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations toward a unity government. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Pessimism as Kushner holds Israeli-Palestinian talks

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:06 PM

The visit comes with both Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not in position to make major concessions some analysts say

PROTESTING KUSHNER. A picture taken on August 24, 2017 in the West Bank city of Ramallah shows Palestinian demonstrators holding a cartoon depicting Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner along with other slogans protesting against the arrival of a US delegation headed by Kushner to meet with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Jordanian king backs Palestinian leader in rare visit

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Abdullah s visit is seen by analysts as providing support to Abbas who has been isolated by Israel over his response to the Al Aqsa row

Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) observe the honor guard during a visit in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 7, 2017.  Jordan's King began a rare visit to the occupied West Bank to meet with Palestinain president, amid shared tensions with Israel over a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

Israeli army arrests Hamas lawmaker – NGO

Aug 04, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Muhammed Abu Teir s arrest brings to 13 the number of people from the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council currently jailed by Israel according to the Palestinian rights group Addameer

MOHAMMED ABU TEIR. Palestinian Senior Hamas legislator and east Jerusalem resident Mohammed Abu Teir talks on the phone as he is welcomed by supporters after crossing into the West Bank town of Betunya following his released from Israel's Offer prison and deported to the West Bank, on December 8, 2010. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

UN chief to make first visit to Israel, Palestinian territories

Aug 04, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The UN chief will hold talks with Israeli leaders travel to Ramallah to meet Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and to the Gaza Strip where the United Nations runs a major Palestinian aid program

FIRST VISIT. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will pay his first visit since taking the UN helm to Israel and the Palestinian territories. File photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

For Palestinians, holy site showdown represents rare victory

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:54 AM

The celebrations came nearly two weeks after the attack near the Haram al Sharif compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount

Israeli security forces are seen during clashes between them and Palestinian demonstrators at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

The week in photos: July 22-28, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:57 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SWIM COMPETITION. China's Zhang Yufei in the women's 200m butterfly semifinals at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Palestinians to end boycott of Jerusalem holy site

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Muslim authorities announce a boycott of the Haram al Sharif compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount is to end on Thursday afternoon after Israel removed remaining new security measures

CELEBRATION. Palestinians celebrate outside the Lion's Gate entrance to Al Aqsa mosque on July 27 2017 after more Israeli barriers were removed from the holy site. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

All new security measures removed from Jerusalem holy site – Israel police

Jul 27, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Police: The police returned the security measures to how they were before the terrorist attack at the Haram al Sharif before July 14

A general view taken on October 13, 2016, shows the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a UNESCO heritage site, in the Old City of Jerusalem. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel removes holy site metal detectors, but boycott maintained

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:55 AM

4th UPDATE The move comes after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak of wider unrest with warnings that it could spread far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories

HOLY SITE. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

TIMELINE: Jerusalem holy site crisis

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:48 PM

The series of events that led to the violence that killed 8 people in Jerusalem s Haram al Sharif compound

JERUSALEM CRISIS. A Palestinian Red Crescent member aids a protester injured during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 21, 2017. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Netanyahu faces pressure over holy site after violence kills 8

Jul 23, 2017 - 7:33 PM

Israeli officials signaled they may be open to changing the measures at the Haram al Sharif mosque compound after the violence that killed 8 people two policemen included

THREAT. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces pressure over violence in Jerusalem holy site that killed 8 people. File photo by Menahem Kahana /AFP

Palestinians die in new clashes over Jerusalem holy site

Jul 23, 2017 - 1:24 PM

The UN Security Council will hold closed door talks Monday July 24 about the spiraling violence after Egypt France and Sweden sought a meeting to discuss the issue

Palestinian demonstrators attempt the block the road ahead of Israeli police cars outside Lions' Gate, a main entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 22, 2017. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Rappler Talk: Israel Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau on PH-Israel relations

Jul 20, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Rappler talks to the Israeli Ambassador amid the shifting power dynamics in the Middle East

Gaza Strip in peril as Hamas marks decade in power

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts poverty and Israel s blockade

IN THE DARK. A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Netanyahu tells Israeli settlers 'nobody will be uprooted'

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:52 AM

His comments come as Israeli authorities also advances plans for some 1 500 settlement homes in the West Bank including units for the first new official settlement in some 25 years

DISPUTED. A partial view taken on December 18, 2014 shows the east Jerusalem Israeli settlement of Har Homa (upper half) from the West Bank city of Bethlehem (lower half), which was originally built in the 1990s, in the annexed Arab east Jerusalem area of Jabal Abu Ghneim. Thomas Coex/AFP

Trump wants Mideast peace 'compromise' but admits won't be easy

May 23, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Trump s speech comes after he met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day

TRUMP. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio on October 20, 2016. File photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

Trump lashes out at Iran during Jerusalem visit

May 22, 2017 - 6:47 PM

3rd UPDATE While in Saudi Arabia Trump had accused Iran of fuelling the fires of sectarian conflict and terror while calling for its international isolation

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Row over Trump's Israel policy ahead of his visit

May 16, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces political backlash for allegedly advising US President Donald Trump against moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem

US-ISRAEL TIES. US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Jordanian stabs Israeli officer in Jerusalem, shot dead – police

May 13, 2017 - 7:43 PM

The officer who sustained moderate injuries was attacked in one of the alleys of the Old City

Abbas says ready to meet Israel PM as part of Trump peace efforts

May 09, 2017 - 6:23 PM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump has been seeking ways to restart Israeli Palestinian peace efforts which have been at a standstill since a US led initiative collapsed in April 2014

PEACE EFFORTS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas in the Oval Office of the White House on May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

May 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community Hamas officials say it formally softens its stance in a few key areas

NEW POLICY. The exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal (L) speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on May 1, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Palestinian, UN alarm after Israel approves new settlement

Mar 31, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Israel s security cabinet gives its backing to the new settlement late on Thursday as the government presses ahead with settlement expansion in defiance of international concern

AMONA. A view of Amona from April 28, 2013. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Arab leaders denounce 'foreign interference'

Mar 30, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The leaders of the 22 member Arab League also call for the settlement of conflicts that are tearing the region apart

LEADERS' SUMMIT. A general view shows the Arab League summit in the Jordanian Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh on March 29, 2017. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Islamist movement Hamas accuses Israeli intelligence agency Mossad of being behind the killing of Mazen Faqha

Hamas security forces stand guard at Erez border crossing into Israel, in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip on March 26, 2017, after it was shut by the Islamist movement after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Israel ignores UN demand against settlements – diplomat

Mar 25, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The January spike in illegal settlement announcements by Israel is deeply concerning says envoy Nickolay Mladenov

U.S. Senate approves settlement backer as Israel envoy

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:51 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared on Twitter that Friedman will be warmly welcomed as President Trump s representative and as a close friend of Israel

SETTLEMENT. A general view taken on January 23, 2017 from the Palestinian West Bank village of Rafat shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Leshem. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Trump envoy meets Israeli settlers in unusual move

Mar 17, 2017 - 12:47 PM

A US government official says Jason Greenblatt reiterated to the Yesha Council President Trump s previously expressed views regarding settlements

File photos from Menahem Kahana/AFP and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump envoy meets Abbas as White House wades into Mideast conflict

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:42 PM

UPDATED US officials have described the visit as a fact finding mission as the White House seeks a way forward in restarting long deadlocked peace efforts

ABBAS. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House 'soon'

Mar 10, 2017 - 8:26 PM

UPDATED Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas spokesman says US President Donald Trump stressed his commitment to a peace process that would lead to a real peace between Palestinians and Israelis

CALLING. President-elect Donald Trump will call Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the afternoon. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

Feb 22, 2017 - 7:03 AM

Defense lawyers announce an appeal and right wing Israeli ministers immediately called for a pardon while the Palestinian government and the victim s family condemns the sentence as too lenient

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria (C), who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, arrives at the military court in Tel Aviv on January 31, 2017. Jack Guez/AFP

FAST FACTS: What is the two-state solution?

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Here are some questions and answers about the two state solution and the possible alternatives

Trump drops U.S. commitment to 'two-state' Mideast deal

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:22 AM

UPDATED This change in the US stance was calculated to please Netanyahu and his right wing coalition and Trump s views on the shortcomings of the Palestinian position will delight them

US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. shift on two-state solution 'doesn't make sense' – Palestinians

Feb 15, 2017 - 5:22 PM

This does not make sense Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi explains This is not a responsible policy and it does not serve the cause of peace

HANAN ASHRAWI. The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) executive committee member, Hanan Ashrawi speaks during a press conference on February 24, 2015 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Trump will not insist on two-state solution as Netanyahu visits

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:33 AM

UPDATED A senior White House official said the United States would no longer seek to dictate the terms of any eventual peace settlement but would support what the two sides agree to together

This photo taken on January 25, 2017 shows an Israeli soldier standing guard in a monitoring cabin in the Israeli settlement of Beit El near the West Bank city of Ramallah (background). Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel hits Hamas after 'projectile' fired – army

Feb 06, 2017 - 11:07 PM

Two Hamas posts were targeted by Israeli tank fire a Palestinian security source says while air strikes later hit targets in northern Gaza sending a column of black smoke into the air

AIR STRIKE. Palestinians run for cover as smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip on February 6, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Abed/ AFP

White House says new Israeli settlements 'may not be helpful'

Feb 03, 2017 - 8:43 AM

The statement is a break from Donald Trump s previously full throated defense of Israeli settlement building

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Hidden away in Jakarta's back streets, refugees wait for years to live decently

Feb 02, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Tucked behind malls and in small streets in Jakarta are refugees trying their best to hang on to hope – as they wait for a chance to start life anew

WAITING. Refugee children are unable to study in Indonesia due to their refugee status. Photo by Han Nguyen/Rappler

Israel authorizes 3,000 settler homes in West Bank – ministry

Feb 01, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Since the January 20 inauguration of Trump Israel has approved the construction of 566 housing units in 3 settlement areas of east Jerusalem and announced the building of 2 502 more in the West Bank

A picture taken on January 26, 2017 shows new apartments under construction in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground-L) situated in East Jerusalem, in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem (background-R)  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel plans 2,500 settler homes in post-Trump expansion

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:24 AM

The United Nations denounces the move stressing unilateral actions were an obstacle to peace

A general view taken on January 23, 2017 from the Palestinian West Bank village of Rafat shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Leshem. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The agreement between the top Palestinian parties comes after 3 days of reconciliation talks in Moscow

UNITY NEAR. Fatah movement official Azzam al-Ahmad (L), in charge of his party's reconciliation team, Abed al-Hafeez Nofal (C), the Palestinian ambassador to Moscow, and exiled Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq (R) give a press conference along with other representatives of Palestinian political parties and movements in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Paris summit warns against 'unilateral' steps in Mideast conflict

Jan 15, 2017 - 10:19 PM

UPDATED Around 70 countries attending talks in Paris calls on the two sides to avoid moves that prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final status issues including inter alia Jerusalem borders security refugees

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Mideast peace conference in Paris on January 15, 2017. Bertrand Guay/Pool/AFP

Abbas opens Vatican mission, warns over US embassy move

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Abbas reiterates his opposition to the possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem as pledged by US President elect Donald Trump

DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C, R) looks on after he inaugurated the new Palestinian diplomatic mission to the Holy See with Palestinian Ambassador Issa Kassissieh (L) in Rome on January 14, 2017. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

U.S. House votes to repudiate anti-Israel UN resolution

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Incensed US lawmakers have assailed Barack Obama s outgoing administration for abstaining in the December 23 vote instead of vetoing the UN resolution essentially clearing the way for its passage

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. In this file photo, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (C), R-Wisconsin, swears in the newly elected members of the House of Representatives during the opening of the 115th US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 3, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Israeli soldier guilty of manslaughter for shooting Palestinian

Jan 04, 2017 - 8:27 PM

Sentencing is expected at a later date He faces up to 20 years in prison

THE ELOR AZARIA TRIAL. An Israeli woman holds a poster reading in Hebrew: "terrorists = victims, defending soliders = murder" as she demonstrates outside the defense ministry in Tel Aviv on January 4, 2017. Photo by Jack Guez/ AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 29, 2016

Dec 29, 2016 - 12:03 PM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday

BEFORE THE BLAST. The plaza before the bombings occurred. Photo by VSU Student Ritchmon Relente.

Kerry warns Israel settlements threaten democracy

Dec 29, 2016 - 7:53 AM

Trends indicate a comprehensive effort to take West Bank land for Israel and prevent any Palestinian development there says US Secretary of State John Kerry in a landmark speech criticizing Israel for its settler agenda

TWO-STATE SOLUTION. In this photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry attends the Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) summit, a 3-day conference on security in the Mediterranean region, on December 2, 2016 in Rome. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Israel says 'reducing' ties with nations over UN vote

Dec 27, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Israeli media have reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked officials to visit the countries that voted for the resolution as little as possible for now

'REDUCING' TIES? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on December 25, 2016. File photo by Dan Balilty/AFP

Netanyahu calls in US envoy in fallout over UN vote

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:39 AM

Their meeting comes after Israel earlier Sunday December 25 called in 10 representatives of 14 other states that voted for the resolution