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Expropriations and restrictive planning threaten Palestinian neighbourhoods of Israeli cities, including Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem Reciprocity Images / Alamy Stock Photo

How urban planning plays a role in Israel-Palestine

From discriminatory land-use policies to evictions and demolitions, urban planning has long been weaponised against the Palestinian people
A Palestinian boy inspects his destroyed house after it was shelled by Israeli aircraft, Gaza, May 18, 2021. Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Can the world stop Israel and Hamas from committing war crimes? 7 questions answered about international law

Both sides in the Israel-Hamas conflict may be violating the international laws that govern armed conflict. A legal scholar explains these rules – and whether anyone enforces them.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a briefing at the Hakirya military base in Tel Aviv on May 19, 2021. Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

As trust between Israeli Jews and Arabs reaches new lows, Netanyahu rises again

There are two splits in public opinion about the current Israel-Palestine violence, though everyone has the same set of facts. A cognitive psychologist explains how this can happen.
On the left, fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli warplanes target the Palestinian enclave on May 17, 2021; on the right, rockets launched from Gaza flying toward Israel on May 10, 2021. Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images and Mahmoud Issa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

Both Israel and Hamas are aiming to look strong, instead of finding a way out of their endless war

In most wars, each side's aggression is meant to get the other side to back down. But that's not the case with how Israeli and Palestinian leaders have conducted their long-running war.

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