Middle-east

 
  • Tunisia tourism: Is it secure for UK holidaymakers?

    Tunisia tourism: Is it secure for UK holidaymakers?

    Tour operator Thomas Cook is taking British tourists back to Tunisia this week for the first time since an ISIS gunman massacred 38 people – 30 of them British – on a beach in Sousse in 2015. Until last summer, the Foreign Office advised against travel there due to the high risk of terrorism. So what has changed and is […]

     
     
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel‘s dilemma over PM‘s future

    Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel‘s dilemma over PM‘s future

    During his first tenure as Israel‘s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was dubbed “the magician” by the local media because of his uncanny ability to extricate himself from the most difficult of situations – starting with his unexpected victory over Shimon Peres in the 1996 election. Mr Netanyahu‘s luck – or expertise – may have run its course. It appears that […]

     
     
  • Virgin Atlantic in Palestinian couscous row

    Virgin Atlantic in Palestinian couscous row

    Virgin Atlantic has found itself at the centre of a social media row after removing the word Palestinian from an in-flight meal following complaints. A couscous-style salad had been described on a menu as “inspired by the flavours of Palestine”. Pro-Israel social media users called for a boycott of the airline, saying it pandered to Palestinian supporters. However, the airline‘s […]

     
     
  • Ahed Tamimi: Palestinian viral slap video teen goes on trial

    Ahed Tamimi: Palestinian viral slap video teen goes on trial

    A Palestinian teenage girl filmed slapping an Israeli soldier has gone on trial in an Israeli military court in a case which has split public opinion. Ahed Tamimi, 17, is charged with 12 offences, including assaulting security forces and incitement to violence. If convicted, she could face a lengthy jail term. For Palestinians, Ms Tamimi is a symbol of resistance […]

     
     
  • Israel PM Netanyahu faces corruption fees

    Israel PM Netanyahu faces corruption fees

    Israeli police say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged over alleged bribery cases. A police statement said there was enough evidence to indict Mr Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. Speaking on Israeli television, Mr Netanyahu said the allegations were baseless and that he would continue as prime minister. The allegations, he […]