Israeli settlements are the leading cause of human rights violations against Palestinians, and settlement expansion is destroying the possibility of a two-state solution, say signatories including Prof David HarelWe, concerned citizens of Israel, welcome the recent ruling of the European court of justice, which in confirming that Israeli settlement products cannot be labelled as originating in the State of Israel, reaffirmed the illegality of settlements and the importance of international law (Report, 12 November)

Ban import of Israeli settlement goods | Letter


An unnerving and acclaimed new film about an Israeli actor’s meteoric career in adult movies and horrifying descent into drug addiction saved his life, he saysThe documentary Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life begins with the fresh-faced gay Israeli porn star winning a top industry award in Berlin, and ends with him high on drugs, writhing around on the floor, his life in tatters

Former porn star Jonathan Agassi: I’d be dead if they hadn’t made a documentary about me


Islamic Jihad says truce has begun as Israel says ‘quiet will be answered with quiet’, following two days of clashesThe Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce, calming the worst surge in fighting in months

Gaza attacks: tentative truce after Israel strike kills six Palestinian family members


Islamic Jihad fire 250 rockets at Israel from strip in heaviest fighting for monthsTwo days of Israeli airstrikes against Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants have killed 21 people in Gaza, in some of the heaviest fighting for months that resulted in widespread bombardment and more than 250 rockets launched from the strip

Gaza death toll rises to 21 as Israel confronts militant rocket fire


European court of justice says origin must be identified in decision likely to anger Israel The European Union’s top court has ruled that EU countries must oblige retailers to identify products made in Israeli settlements with special labels, in a ruling likely to spark anger in Israel

Products from Israeli settlements must be labelled, EU court rules


Militant group launches retaliatory rocket fire after Baha Abu al-Ata killed with his wife in their home Israel killed a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander in a strike in Gaza overnight on Monday, a rare targeted assassination that immediately prompted rounds of retaliatory rocket fire

Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, sparking reprisal rocket attacks


From Korea to Cyprus to Berlin to Israel, Kai Wiedenhöfer has spent decades photographing all the major border walls – and learned how despite what their defenders say, each is far from uniqueOn October 1989, as the first television images of the fall of the Berlin Wall began to be broadcast, Kai Wiedenhöfer, a 23-year-old student photographer, was attending a symposium in Dortmund with the well-known American photojournalist Leonard Freed

Symbols of failure: the deeper issue that connects border walls


Top court backs expulsion of Omar Shakir for allegedly promoting pro-Palestinian boycottsIsrael’s highest court has upheld the government’s decision to deport the local director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) for his alleged support for a boycott movement, ending a long-running landmark case that questioned the country’s ability to expel its critics

Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official, court rules


Israel says it has completed investigation into woman seen in year-old videoIsrael has completed an investigation into the case of a former police officer who shot an unarmed Palestinian in the back with a sponge-tipped bullet

Footage leaked of Israeli officer shooting Palestinian in the back


The Israeli army said the raids were in response to at least 10 rockets being fired at Israel from Gaza on FridayA Palestinian was killed by Israeli air strikes on Saturday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip said, in an attack launched in response to rocket fire

Palestinian killed in Israeli air strikes on ‘wide range’ of Hamas targets