Nikki Haley says council is ‘protector of human rights abusers’ that targets Israel in particular and ignores atrocities elsewhereThe US is withdrawing from the United Nations human rights council, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday, calling it a “cesspool of political bias” that targets Israel in particular while ignoring atrocities in other countries

US quits UN human rights council – ‘a cesspool of political bias’


The IHRA definition has government backing and is fast becoming the standard non-legal guide as to what constitutes antisemitism, writes Dave RichThe academics and others who suggest a new definition of antisemitism (Letters, 16 June) ignore the existence of a perfectly good definition of antisemitism, adopted by the 31-member-state International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in May 2016

Antisemitism is well-defined already | Letters


Gonen Segev allegedly met Iranian ‘operators’ in hotels and apartments around worldIsrael has arrested and indicted a former government minister on charges of spying for Iran, the country’s internal security services have said

Israel indicts former cabinet minister on Iran spying charges


Sources say attempts at reform have failed to satisfy US, which claims the council is stacked with opponents of IsraelTalks over how to reform the United Nations human rights council have failed to meet US demands, activists and diplomats said, suggesting the Trump administration will quit the panel, whose session opens on Monday

US expected to quit UN human rights panel over perceived anti-Israel bias


Julie Bishop will not follow US lead, despite pressure from her party to do soAustralia will not be following Donald Trump’s lead and moving its embassy to Jerusalem, Julie Bishop has said, despite strong support from the party’s base

Australia rules out moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem


A group of prominent academics and other figures call for clarity about what constitutes antisemitismThere are disturbing signs round the world that age-old prejudices against Jews are reviving once more

We must define antisemitism to fight it effectively | Letters


Israel’s disregard for civilian lives is clear

The two-state solution is dead. Palestine needs a new UN mandate | Mark Seddon


Israel is poised to demolish Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank – an act that could be a war crime

Israel is about to destroy this Palestinian village. Will Britain step in? | David Zonsheine


Inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water has reached its lowest level in a century The shrinking Sea of Galilee, the inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water, is to be topped up with desalinated seawater

Israel to top up Sea of Galiliee after years of drought


Exquisite Old Testament-era head of a king found in Israel but subject’s identity a mystery An enigmatic sculpture of a king’s head dating back nearly 3,000 years has left researchers guessing at whose face it depicts

3,000-year-old sculpture leaves researchers scratching their heads