Israel's offensive in Rafah
What would make Egypt open its border to Palestinians?
As an Israeli military campaign causes casualties in densely crowded Rafah, near the Egyptian border, Egypt is under increasing pressure to admit displaced Palestinians
Hamas and sexual violence
"No atrocity ever justifies another atrocity"
In early December, it was made public that Hamas fighters had systematically used sexual violence on 7 October. For international law expert Heidi Matthews, the offences undoubtedly require rigorous investigation. At the same time, however, the accusations are also being used as justification for Israel's disproportionate response in Gaza
Israeli author and peace activist David Grossman
"I believe what Hamas says"
Israeli author David Grossman still holds fast to the two-state solution, even in the wake of the October 7 massacres. The Israelis are fated to do business with Hamas, he says
Yemen, USA and the war in Gaza
Houthi 'terrorist' label a threat to Yemen aid?
Houthi rebels in Yemen have been designated a "terrorist group" once before. Back in 2021, aid organisations said they feared the impact on "one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world". So what's changed?
Egypt, Jordan and the Gaza war
The pressure is growing
Israel's war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip has effectively put Jordan and Egypt on the frontline of any escalation. If the situation continues to deteriorate, masses of Palestinians could end up fleeing across their borders. A report from Amman and Cairo
Gaza and a world order in ruins
Stop the descent into the abyss!
The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas has dealt a crushing blow to our multilateral security system and threatens to alienate the entire Arab and Muslim world
The EU response to the Gaza war
A tale of contradiction and division
Faced with the worst-ever Israeli-Palestinian violence, Europe's selective moralism has also led to strategic blindness
Israel and the ICJ
UN court ruling on Gaza 'hard to ignore'
All eyes were on The Hague as the UN's International Court of Justice ordered Israel to prevent genocidal acts in Gaza but failed to demand a ceasefire. The decision puts Israel's allies in a difficult spot
Germany and the Gaza war
Arab criticism of German hypocrisy
Germany used to be a role model for the Arab world. That has changed since the Israeli army killed thousands of civilians in the war against Hamas – with barely a murmur of opposition from German politicians
War in the Middle East
Israel's shaky emergency alliance
Opposition politician Benny Gantz has been working together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since the Hamas attacks. But it's only a matter of time before he pulls out of the war cabinet
"Red Buds" – a TV series divides the country
The Turkish media authority has imposed a two-week broadcasting ban and fine on the series "Red Buds", in which religious and liberal worlds collide. The series is apparently too close to the bone
War in Gaza
Will Iraq finally expel all remaining U.S. troops?
Following the assassination of an Iraqi militia leader in Baghdad by the USA, the Iraqi government has said it will kick U.S. troops out. Do tensions surrounding the war in Gaza make it more likely this time?