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