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South Africa’s ICJ case has already altered its foreign policy space

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South Africa’s decision to take Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on charges of genocide has elicited polarised global responses. Critics accuse...

SA speaks at ICJ case

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Israel’s response to the Hamas attack on 7 October 2023 has crossed the line and breaches the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of...

Al-Shabaab hopes to recruit by celebrating Hamas attacks

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It only took a matter of days for the Somali terror group al-Shabaab to congratulate Hamas for its deadly October 7 attack on Israel. Al-Shabaab,...

Migration and world peace highlighted by top SA government appointees

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A senior South African Parliamentary official wants “no effort spared” to rid the world of conflict with a Cabinet Minister calling for a “transparent...

Palestinians urge Sudan to hand over confiscated assets

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The Palestinian Authority urged Sudan's government on Saturday to hand over assets it has seized as part of a crackdown targeting Sudan-based operations to...

Call for peaceful negotiation to end Israel, Palestine conflict

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is committed to being part of international efforts aimed at reviving a political process that will lead to...

South Africa stands in solidarity with Palestine, Western Sahara

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Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) Minister Dr Naledi Pandor again expressed solidarity with the people of Palestine and Western Sahara in their...

Iranian support for Palestine

Iran will support Palestinian armed groups as much as it can, Iran’s Supreme Leader said, urging Palestinians to confront a US plan for Israeli-Palestinian...

Palestine denounces Trump ME peace plan

US President Donald Trump proposed creating a Palestinian state as part of a Middle East peace plan, drawing Palestinian condemnation for strict conditions and...

Egyptian Navy allegedly kills Palestinian fisherman

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Egyptian naval forces fired on a Palestinian fishing boat allegedly killing a fisherman, Gaza's interior ministry said with an Egyptian military source...

Jordan says U.S. move to halt U.N. refugee agency funding fuels...

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Jordan said on Saturday it regretted a U.S. decision to halt funding to a United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it...

Trump cuts more than $200 million in U.S. aid to Palestinians

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The United States is cutting more than $200 million (£155.7 million) in aid to the Palestinians, the State Department said on Friday,...

Palestinian killed as Gaza protests against Israel enter fourth month

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A Palestinian taking part in a border protests was killed on Friday, Gazan medical officials said, bringing to 136 the number killed...

Gazans send fire-starting kites into Israel; minister threatens lethal response

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Palestinians are sending kites dangling coal embers or burning rags across the Gaza border to set fire to farmland and forests, in...

Gazans bury dead after bloodiest day of Israel border protests

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Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Tuesday for the funerals of scores of people killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, while on...

Israel says Iran recruited Palestinian militants via South Africa

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Israel said on Wednesday it had cracked a Palestinian militant cell suspected of having been recruited and handled by Iranian intelligence officers...

Two killed on Gaza-Egypt border in confrontation between Hamas and rival...

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A Hamas security man and a member of a rival Islamist militant group were killed on Thursday in a confrontation in the...

Hamas sets ‘honey traps’ to hack Israeli soldiers’ phones

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Using photos of young women and Hebrew slang, the Palestinian militant group Hamas chatted up dozens of Israeli soldiers online, gaining control...

Without two-state solution, Middle East faces ‘perpetual violence’ – U.N.

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A two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more remote than ever, with the risk of generations of violence and radicalism unless...

Eritrean mistaken for gunman killed in Israeli bus station attack

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An Eritrean migrant, shot by a security guard and kicked by an angry Israeli crowd that mistook him for a gunman, was...

Islamic State withdraws from Yarmouk camp, Nusra remains

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Islamic State fighters have largely withdrawn from a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus after expelling their main rival, several...

Islamic State seizes vast Damascus refugee camp

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Islamic State fighters seized most of a vast camp for Palestinian refugees on the outskirts of Damascus from other insurgents on Wednesday...

Gaza militants condemn Egypt’s branding of Hamas as terror group

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In a statement read by a masked gunman, 10 armed Palestinian factions jointly condemned on Thursday an Egyptian decision to list the...

Egyptian court bans Hamas’ armed wing, lists as terrorist organisation

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An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organisation. The ruling...

Hamas welcomes ICC inquiry into Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it welcomed a decision by the International Criminal Court to launch an inquiry into...

Abbas rolls statehood dice with International Criminal Court move

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For someone nearing 80, President Mahmoud Abbas still knows how to shake things up. But his decision last week to join the...

Israel freezes funds to Palestinians over ICC approach

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Israel has decided to freeze a monthly revenue transfer to the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas's approach to the International...

Egyptian troops kill Palestinian youth infiltrating from Gaza: sources

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Egyptian border troops shot dead a Palestinian youth as he tried to cross illegally from the Gaza Strip on Friday, Palestinian and...

Sweden recognises Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

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The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine on Thursday, the first Western European country to do so, reflecting growing international...

PLO says global public opinion backs recognising Palestine

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A senior Palestinian official said on Thursday that European moves toward recognising an independent Palestine would bring them in line with global...

End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

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A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive...

Gaza truce holding but Israel’s Netanyahu under fire at home

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An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a...

Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts, Israel orders negotiators home

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A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets at Israel and Israel launching air...

Israel, Palestinians renew truce but see risk of more Gaza violence

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The chief Palestinian delegate to truce talks with Israel warned on Tuesday that Gaza violence could erupt anew unless progress is made...

Renewed Gaza truce holds after rocky start

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A renewed truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding on Thursday despite a shaky start, after both sides agreed to...

Truce crumbles as 40 killed in Gaza, rockets hit Israel

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A Gaza ceasefire crumbled only hours after it began on Friday, with at least 40 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and Israel...

Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border

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A grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift...

Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow – Pentagon intel chief

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A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its...

Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll...

Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel

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Gaza fighting raged on Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts...

Israeli strikes kill more Palestinians; rocket causes huge blaze in Israel

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Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed four more Palestinians before dawn on Friday, raising the death toll from the four day offensive...

Palestinian death toll rises to 77 as Israel hits Gaza over...

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At least 77 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday, and militants...

Surviving “death boat”, Syria Palestinians locked up in Egypt

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After escaping shelling in Damascus and terrifying bloodshed at sea, 14 month-old Palestinian twin girls are now among hundreds of people living...

Israel blames Palestinians for spurning peace talks

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Israel blamed the Palestinians for rejecting a call to hold face-to-face peace talks when representatives of Middle East power brokers visit the...

Israeli strikes kill 3 in Gaza, rockets hit Israel

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Violence across the Israeli-Gaza border escalated today with Israeli air strikes killing at least three people and Palestinian militants firing rockets deep...

Establishing a peaceful Palestinian State next to Israel long overdue –...

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday led a chorus of United Nations officials in stressing the need for a just and lasting solution to...

Palestinians will keep knocking on UN’s door

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The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) endorsed a decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to request a United Nations Security Council vote on a...

UN panel draft signals Palestinian UN bid doomed

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A key UN Security Council committee could not reach consensus on whether Palestine should be accepted as a UN member, a draft...

Israel to speed up settlement building in West Bank

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Israel decided to accelerate Jewish settlement building and withhold Palestinian Authority funds, moves likely to further hold up international efforts to revive...

Palestinians granted full membership in UNESCO

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The United Nations' cultural agency granted the Palestinians full membership a step forward in their long-running efforts to achieve recognition before the...

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