Below are daily news feeds from several publications that cover the Middle East. Recommended web sites to check regularly are Ha'aretz.com (an Israeli newspaper) and Maan News (a Palestinian newspaper). BBC News (a British source covering the Middle East. IMEU (Institute for Middle East Understanding) provides a summary of media highlights covering Israel and Palestine. The Jerusalem Post provides an opportunity to read news that generally mirrors Israel's official positions.

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    • Cooking the Book: 'Olives, Lemons and Za'atar' (Naomi Zeveloff, The Jewish Daily Forward)
      Apr 24, 2014 - 01:18:40 AM
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      Chef and owner Rawia Bishara's menu is inspired by her hometown of Nazareth, yet many of her dishes share DNA with the West Bank cuisine I missed out on. Every time I go to Tanoreen, my vegetarianism flies out the window. My favorite item on the menu is the lamb-stuffed baby squash. The dish is elaborately flavored - the yogurt is sour, the spices sweet, the lamb gamy and the squash earthy. This interplay of flavors is found throughout Bishara's menu, and also in her new cookbook, "Olives, Lemons & Za'atar," published this spring.
    • Another stillborn Palestinian "reconciliation" (Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada)
      Apr 24, 2014 - 01:15:30 AM
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      Alongside the endless and sterile Palestinian-Israeli "peace process" is another long-running saga: the "peace process" between the main Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah. Today, with much fanfare, leaders of Hamas and the Fatah-dominated Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) signed a "reconciliation" agreement in Gaza... The excitement with which many Palestinians have greeted the deal reflects real public frustration with the long-running division and yearning for a truly national leadership. But Haniyeh's declaration is more than a little premature. This "reconciliation" is not going to be any more successful than previous deals signed in Cairo in 2011, in Doha in 2012 and again in Cairo in 2012.
    • 7 injured in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza Strip (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 24, 2014 - 01:13:39 AM
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      Seven Palestinians were wounded on Wednesday when an Israeli airstrike hit the northern Gaza Strip, medical sources said. Spokesman for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said that a 50-year-old man and two children had been "moderately" injured in the strike on Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Four others were also injured in the strike, although their identities were still unclear... The airstrike hit Gaza as Hamas and the PLO announced a unity deal during a press conference in Gaza City.
    • Palestinians in Israel condemn plan to recruit Christians (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 24, 2014 - 01:08:14 AM
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      Several Israel-based organizations on Wednesday condemned a new campaign to recruit Palestinian Christian citizens of the country to serve in the military. In a joint statement, more than 15 Palestinian youth movements and community organizations said the Israeli move was an effort to divide Palestinian citizens of Israel from their own people. The groups said they would "struggle against (the campaign for) enlistment in the Israeli army" to ensure that such divisions would not occur.
    • 7 injured in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza Strip (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 09:17:37 PM
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      GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Seven Palestinians were wounded on Wednesday when an Israeli airstrike hit the northern Gaza Strip, medical sources said.

      Spokesman for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said that a 50-year-old man and two children had been "moderately" injured in the strike on Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.
    • PLO, Hamas announce agreement to end political division (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 09:12:21 PM
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      GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- PLO and Hamas representatives announced an historic unity deal on Wednesday to bring to an end more than seven years of political division between the main Palestinian political parties.

      Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced the end of years of Palestinian political division in a press conference in Gaza City, saying that the Hamas and PLO delegations had worked as "one team" throughout the reconciliation dialogue and had stressed the necessity of achieving results in this round of dialogue.
    • 'There is no 'Palestine Exception' to free speech rights': Northeastern overturns Students for Justice in Palestine suspension (Mondoweiss)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 09:01:33 PM
      Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has announced that the University is backing off of its decision to suspend the student organization until January 2015. "This is a victory for freedom of expression on campus," said SJP leader Tori Porell who thanked SJP supporters. "Weeks of protests, picket lines, petitions, phone calls, and emails appear to have paid off and SJP will be operational next semester," Porell said. "This is also a victory for the national student movement for justice in Palestine."
    • Earth Day Network dumps SodaStream and Scarlett Johansson (Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 11:52:57 AM
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      The Earth Day Network, which promotes the annual Earth Day environmental consciousness initiative, has cut ties to a campaign launched by Israeli occupation profiteer SodaStream and endorsed by its spokesmodel Scarlett Johansson.

      The screenshot above [see original article for image] shows the SodaStream logo as it appeared previously on the Earth Day Network's official sponsor page. On the current version of the page, the SodaStream logo is gone.
    • Report: Palestinian Prisoners Denied the Right to Education (Palestine News Network)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 11:48:54 AM
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      Ramallah/PNN - UFree Network issued on Monday a new report on Palestinian Prisoners, as follows:

      The right of children and youth to education, including those who are imprisoned, is enshrined in inter- national human rights law, specifically Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 94 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention.
    • Israel Navy Opens Fire at Palestinian Boat Sailing in the Permitted Fishing Zone (Palestine News Network)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 11:35:00 AM
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      Gaza/PNN - Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen off Gaza shore on Monday. No casualties were reported.

      Media sources reported that Israeli forces opened fire toward Palestinian boat under the pretext that it was sailing outside the permitted fishing zone.
    • US Supreme Court takes up status of Jerusalem (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 11:26:07 AM
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      WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The US Supreme Court Monday decided to hear the case of an American born in Jerusalem, once again taking up the sensitive issue of the status of the contested city.

      The justices will hear arguments in the case in the fall before deciding on the constitutionality of a 2002 law that directs the State Department to give Israel as the country of birth in passports of Americans born in Jerusalem.
    • Israel to recruit Palestinian Christian citizens to army (Agence France-Presse)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 01:43:36 AM
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      Israel is to start sending call-up papers to all Christian Palestinian-Israelis of military service age, army radio reported Tuesday, angering Palestinian MKs who accused the government of seeking to divide Christians from Muslims. Military service will remain voluntary for Israel's 130,000 Palestinian-Israeli Christians as it is for its more than 1.3 million Palestinian-Israeli Muslims.
    • Northeastern lifts suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine (Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 01:41:46 AM
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      After seven weeks of sustained media attention and organizing by student activists, Northeastern University today announced that it has lifted the suspension of Northeastern Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Not only will the group will be fully reinstated on 1 September, but they will have access to more funding for educational events than was available before the 7 March suspension. Northeastern SJP will be able to plan for those events immediately.
    • New Palestinian poetry flourishes online (Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 01:39:24 AM
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      The last few weeks have seen a generous selection of Palestinian poetry appear in online publications. As well as reflecting the role of the Internet in making translated literature available across the globe, the diversity of the poems themselves shows the many ways in which writers in occupied Palestine and the diaspora use art to explore their particular situations.
    • Israeli troops shower Bethlehem-area village with tear gas (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 23, 2014 - 01:37:36 AM
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      Israeli forces raided a village in the southern West Bank overnight and fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades, locals said Tuesday. Witnesses told Ma'an that two Israeli military vehicles entered the village of Tuqu near Bethlehem and fired tear gas and stun grenades without being provoked. The tear gas canisters and stun grenades smashed through the windows of several houses in the village, causing a small fire to break out in one of them, locals added.
    • Sabt El Nour: The Miracle of Light (VIVIEN SANSOUR, IMEU)
      Apr 22, 2014 - 02:40:02 PM
      Palestinians who trace their ancestry to the first Christians in the holy land consider Easter one of the most important holidays of all because of its symbolism of new life and the perseverance of their community through time and occupation. Holy Saturday or Sabt El Nour in Arabic, Saturday of Light, sometimes known in English as Holy Fire Saturday, is one of the most beautiful traditions in Jerusalem and cities and towns around it such as Bethlehem.
    • Palestinian Christians marking Easter struggle to reach Jerusalem holy site, U.N. envoy says (Ruth Eglash and William Booth, The Washington Post)
      Apr 22, 2014 - 01:56:49 AM
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      Robert H. Serry, the United Nations' special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, said he and several other senior diplomats had joined with Palestinian Christians in a special procession to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is built on the hill where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried before rising from the dead. But despite earlier assurances of unhindered access to the church for the Saturday of Light ceremonies, Serry said in a statement, Israeli police refused to allow the group entry, saying they had orders to that effect.
    • Over 1,000 protest 'price tag' attacks in Umm al-Fahm (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 22, 2014 - 01:54:53 AM
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      Over 1,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel in Umm al-Fahm protested Monday against "price tag" attacks after a mosque in the town was vandalized by suspected Jewish extremists days before. Protesters closed Route 65 and Israeli police were heavily deployed in the area, Palestinian member of the Knesset Taleb al-Sana told Ma'an. Al-Sana said Israel "should arrest members of the 'price tag' gang and prosecute them as a terrorist organization."
    • Dozens hurt from tear gas as Israeli forces raid Nablus village (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 22, 2014 - 01:53:22 AM
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      Over 35 Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation late Monday after Israeli forces raided a Nablus-area village, a local official said. Qais Awwad, head of the joint services council in southern Nablus, told Ma'an that clashes broke out in the village of Awarta after several Israeli military jeeps entered the area... More than 10 people, including three children and a woman, were taken to National Hospital in Nablus for treatment, he added.
    • Israeli forces set up military base in Palestinian home (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 21, 2014 - 01:30:13 AM
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      Israeli forces in the Bethlehem district on Sunday set up a military base on the roof of a Palestinian house, a Ma'an reporter said. In the village of Tuqu southeast of Bethlehem, Israeli soldiers climbed to the rooftop of a house belonging to Nayef Hussein Moussa. The soldiers stationed machine guns on the roof and installed cameras to monitor the movement of Palestinians on a road that connects Jerusalem to illegal Israeli settlements in Hebron.
  • BBC Middle East News

    BBC Middle East News

    • VIDEO: US medics killed in Kabul attack
      Apr 24, 2014 - 02:33:36 PM
      Three American medics have been shot dead by a policeman at a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, US officials say.
    • Netanyahu: Abbas must end Hamas pact
      Apr 24, 2014 - 12:58:18 PM
      Israeli PM Netanyahu tells the BBC Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must abandon his pact with Hamas if he wants peace talks to resume.
    • Deadly air strike on Syria market
      Apr 24, 2014 - 10:06:14 AM
      A Syrian government air strike on a market in a rebel-held town in Aleppo kills more than 20 people, activist groups say.
    • Morocco country profile - Overview
      Apr 24, 2014 - 08:30:25 AM
      Provides an overview of Morocco, including key events and facts about this mountainous kingdom at the far end of the Maghreb
    • Yemen profile
      Apr 24, 2014 - 07:16:43 AM
      Provides an overview of Yemen, including key events and facts about one of the poorest countries in the Middle East
    • VIDEO: Ethiopia's Jewish community divided
      Apr 24, 2014 - 07:07:22 AM
      Thousands of Ethiopian Jews have been left disappointed by an Israeli government decision to end a 30-year-old programme that saw tens thousands of Ethiopian Jews airlifted to the Holy Land.
    • Palestinian territories profile
      Apr 24, 2014 - 03:49:51 AM
      Provides an overview of the Palestinian territories, including key events and facts
    • Ban blames all Syria sides over aid
      Apr 23, 2014 - 08:02:52 PM
      UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accuses all parties in Syria's civil war of "flagrant violations" of international law over the delivery of aid.
    • Scepticism over Hamas and Fatah reconciliation deal
      Apr 23, 2014 - 05:03:19 PM
      Scepticism over Hamas and Fatah reconciliation deal
    • VIDEO: Jeremy Bowen on Hamas-Fatah deal
      Apr 23, 2014 - 02:26:02 PM
      The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen on the deal between Fatah and Hamas
    • VIDEO: Hamas-Fatah announce reconciliation
      Apr 23, 2014 - 01:33:14 PM
      Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.
    • Iran replaces prison service chief
      Apr 23, 2014 - 08:45:59 AM
      The head of Iran's prison service is replaced following allegations that political prisoners were beaten by guards at Tehran's Evin jail last week.
    • Lebanese MPs fail to elect president
      Apr 23, 2014 - 07:27:10 AM
      Members of Lebanon's parliament fail to elect a new president at the first attempt before Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on 25 May.
    • Bomb 'kills senior Egypt policeman'
      Apr 23, 2014 - 05:48:27 AM
      A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, officials say.
    • VIDEO: Blair's warning on Mid-East politics
      Apr 23, 2014 - 05:14:24 AM
      Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on Western nations to address the role of religion in politics in the Middle East.
    • No UN action on Iran envoy visa ban
      Apr 23, 2014 - 03:54:01 AM
      A UN committee takes no action against the US refusal to grant a visa to Iran's newly appointed permanent representative in New York.
    • Blair warns West over radical Islam
      Apr 23, 2014 - 02:22:26 AM
      Tony Blair warns Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.
    • Moroccan Jew asks to join Islamists
      Apr 23, 2014 - 02:11:48 AM
      A Jewish lawyer in Morocco challenges the political establishment by asking to join the ruling Islamist PJD party, it is reported.
    • Why Palestinians love St George
      Apr 22, 2014 - 04:14:26 PM
      Why St George is a hero on the West Bank
    • Iranian prisoners' families protest
      Apr 22, 2014 - 09:10:57 AM
      Relatives of Iranian political prisoners allegedly beaten during an inspection last week hold a protest outside President Hassan Rouhani's office.
    • VIDEO: Libya's youth driven out by fear
      Apr 22, 2014 - 08:38:31 AM
      The growing number of armed groups in Libya is causing many of its younger people to leave, out of fear of kidnap.
    • Yemen identifying dead 'militants'
      Apr 22, 2014 - 06:44:56 AM
      Yemen is carrying out DNA tests to identify suspected militants killed in air strikes in recent days, amid reports they include al-Qaeda leaders.
    • Algeria profile
      Apr 18, 2014 - 02:02:40 PM
      Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria
    • VIDEO: Ester Rada: Israel's rising music star
      Apr 17, 2014 - 04:32:18 PM
      Israel's latest star and her musical heritage
    • What makes Jerusalem so holy?
      Apr 17, 2014 - 04:18:45 PM
      What makes Jerusalem so holy to three religions?
    • Syrian children at mercy of attacks
      Apr 17, 2014 - 12:29:43 PM
      Syria families in fear of randomness of mortar attacks
    • The Saudi women smoking shishas
      Apr 17, 2014 - 12:26:25 PM
      Should a woman need a man with her to smoke a hookah?
    • Iran killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions
      Apr 17, 2014 - 11:27:57 AM
      Killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions in Iran
    • Lebanon profile
      Apr 04, 2014 - 08:11:01 AM
      Provides an overview of Lebanon, including key events and facts about a country which has often been at the centre of Middle Eastern conflicts
    • Egypt profile
      Apr 01, 2014 - 08:11:56 AM
      Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.
    • Saudi Arabia profile
      Mar 28, 2014 - 09:27:26 AM
      Provides an overview of Saudi Arabia, including key events and facts about the birthplace of Islam
    • Iraq country profile
      Mar 26, 2014 - 09:04:09 AM
      Provides an overview of Iraq, including key events and facts about the home of some of the earliest civilisations
    • Syria profile
      Mar 19, 2014 - 04:26:51 AM
      Provides an overview of Syria, including key events and facts about this influential Middle Eastern country.
    • Libya country profile
      Mar 18, 2014 - 05:03:55 AM
      Provides an overview of Libya, including key events and facts about this major oil producer which was ruled by Colonel Gaddafi for 42 years.
    • Qatar country profile
      Mar 11, 2014 - 04:51:59 AM
      Provides an overview of Qatar, including key events and facts about this small country which has become a major oil producer.
    • Mauritania country profile
      Jan 01, 2014 - 06:14:50 AM
      Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this oil-producing, mainly desert country in west Africa
    • Tunisia profile
      Dec 17, 2013 - 09:31:21 AM
      Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia
    • Iran country profile
      Nov 24, 2013 - 05:16:56 AM
      Provides an overview of Iran, including key events and facts about this country whose supreme leader is an Islamic cleric
    • Jordan profile
      Oct 29, 2013 - 03:01:16 AM
      Provides an overview of Jordan, including key events and facts about this small country in the Middle East.
    • Kuwait profile
      Oct 29, 2013 - 02:52:33 AM
      Provides an overview of Kuwait, including key events and facts about this oil-rich state.
    • Oman profile
      Oct 26, 2013 - 04:03:15 AM
      Provides an overview of Oman, including key events and facts about the oldest independent state in the Arab world
    • Sudan country profile
      Oct 26, 2013 - 03:19:36 AM
      Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
    • United Arab Emirates profile
      Oct 26, 2013 - 02:47:50 AM
      Provides an overview of the United Arab Emirates - known as the UAE - including key events and facts about this federation of seven states.
    • Bahrain country profile
      Sep 19, 2013 - 09:08:05 AM
      Provides an overview of Bahrain, including key events and facts about this oil-rich state which has become a financial services centre
    • Golan Heights profile
      May 21, 2013 - 03:15:29 AM
      Provides an overview of the Golan Heights, including key events and facts about this strategically important Syrian territory occupied by Israel.
    • Israel profile
      Mar 17, 2013 - 05:59:13 AM
      Provides an overview of Israel, including key events and facts about the world's only state with a majority Jewish population
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