Syria monitors say cause of blast and large fires unclear, but Hezbollah TV channel claims it was probably an Israeli airstrikeA massive explosion struck near Damascus international airport early on Thursday setting off large fires, according to a monitoring group

Massive explosion strikes near Damascus airport


Benjamin Netanyahu cancels talks with Sigmar Gabriel after German foreign minister vows to meet Israeli rights groupsIsrael’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has abruptly cancelled a meeting with the visiting German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, in a high-profile diplomatic row over the German minister’s plan to meet two Israeli rights groups

Israel snubs German foreign minister in row over human rights talks


Some staff and students say invitation to Mark Regev is provocative and urge director Lady Amos to stop meetingStudents and academics at Soas University of London have said a visit by the Israeli ambassador Mark Regev this week could lead to serious tension and substantial distress on the campus

Israeli ambassador’s visit sparks unrest at Soas University of London


Open letter signed by liked of Ken Loach, Roger Waters and Young Fathers urges band to join cultural boycottHigh-profile figures from the arts world, including Ken Loach to Roger Waters, have called on Radiohead to cancel an upcoming gig in Israel as part of a cultural boycott

Artists urge Radiohead to cancel gig in Israel


Michael Kadar, a US-Israeli citizen arrested over bomb threats, allegedly made hoax calls worldwide and is accused of trying to blackmail US senatorAn Israeli teenager arrested for allegedly making bomb threats against Jewish centres in the US is facing charges relating to an online crime spree including thousands of hoax calls worldwide, according to an indictment filed to a Tel Aviv court

Israeli teenager ‘falsely threatened thousands of Jewish institutions’


Marwan Barghouti relocated to another jail as Israeli officials say they will not negotiate with ‘terrorists and incarcerated murderers’Marwan Barghouti, the leader of a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, has been moved to solitary confinement amid warnings by Israeli officials that they will “not negotiate” with the striking detainees

Palestinian hunger strikers’ leader moved to solitary confinement


Thousands of prisoners expected to join rights protest led by Marwan Barghouti that has significant political backingHundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails have gone on hunger strike over conditions of captivity, with more expected to join on Monday, in one of the biggest protests in recent years

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israel go on hunger strike


Sadly, Professor Hassassian’s piece (Opinion, 13 April) has nothing to say about the Palestinian leadership’s propagation of anti-Jewish hate speech, support for terrorism and continued rejection of peace talks

Balfour declaration still creating division | Letters


Woman in her twenties allegedly killed by Palestinian assailant on light railway near Old City, say Israeli media A British woman in her twenties has been stabbed to death in Jerusalem according to Israeli media reports, as thousands of Jewish and Christian pilgrims descended on the city’s holy sites for Good Friday and the continuing Passover holiday

British woman ‘stabbed to death in Jerusalem’


Team at Israel’s Hebrew University test system that uses lasers and modified bacteria to locate buried devices A team of researchers at an Israeli university has successfully tested a technology using fluorescent bacteria and lasers that could become a safer system for detecting buried landmines

Glowing bacteria offer hope for safe detection of 100m landmines