Thursday, July 06, 2006

Where to Go for News on Palestine


Here’s where to go for news on Palestine. The last week has brought into sharp focus the inadequacy of mainstream news services for keeping apace with what is really going on in the middle east. The widespread use of the term 'kidnapping' to describe the capture of an Israeli tank gunner manning a military checkpoint betrays the extent to which much of the media are willing to accept the language, the arguments and the versions of event put out by the Israeli government. So where do we go if we want to get good, regular news on the situation in Palestine?

Luckily there are numerous sources that provide very good news, facts and analysis:

http://www.electronicintifada.net/ is probably the best resource on the net. Good news, articles, info, currently a palestine diary happening, excellent analysis of the situation.

http://www.gush-shalom.org/ - likewise an excellent resource. Run by the Israeli organisation Gush Shalom includes a lot of info that you dont get anywhere else about dissidence within Israel and Israeli Palestinian collaboration agaisnt the occupation along with more general news. And contains the brilliant writing of Uri Avneri.

The Palestine News agency (http://english.wafa.ps/default.asp ). News rather than analysis - updated several times an hour, some irrelevant but a lot that is worth knowing about.

Palestine Red Crescent Society (http://www.palestinercs.org/ ) Not exactly light reading but if you were after light reading you wouldn't have read down this far. Has both current updates and more long term information and stats about deaths, injuries, attacks on ambulances, effect of the wall etc. If you have to speak, right debate on the occupation, this is worth looking at. Reuben

9 comments:

myblackfriendsays said...

hmmm...socialists. I hope GW doesn't start tracking me for posting a comment here.

AN said...

Note that Uri Avnery (also tranliterated Avneri from the Hebrew : אורי אבנרי), regularly has stuff in the Morning Star, which I find a very useful paper.

AN said...

Any black friend, who or what is GW?

AN said...

Obvioulsy that should hab=ve been

"And Black friend ..."

not

"Any black friend ..."

i really am a crap typist

DesertPeace said...

i try to keep a pretty updated account on my blog on the situation in Israel/Palestine.
You are all welcome to visit there.

AN said...

Thabnks Desert peace.

Chralie Pottins' blog is also an excellent source:
http://randompottins.blogspot.com/

DesertPeace said...

Charlie is a link on my blog... he's a great guy.

AN said...

The Englisdh lnaguage egyptian paper, Al Arhram, is also an exceent resource:
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/index.htm

sappho said...

Thank you for these great sites!
And I believe Myblackfriendsays meant George W Bush....and if so...he is nothing to fear! Bush & most of the US goverment links Communists & Socialists together & makes both out to be boogeymen in which to fear. Nothing could be further from the truth, as we here all know & understand. But to the many ignorant people in the US, they take these negative slurs as the gospel, which is unfortanate. If people just took the time to really read up & talk to Socialists, they would educate their ignorance.
Thanks again for the links!
-Sappho