Below are daily news feeds from several publications that cover the Middle East. Recommended web sites to check regularly are Ha' (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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    • Chicago Palestine Film Festival returns with Oscar-nominated "Omar" (Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada)
      Apr 20, 2014 - 01:13:53 AM
      The world's longest-running Palestine film festival returns to Chicago's prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center tomorrow; the opening night screening of Hany Abu-Assad’s Oscar-nominated "Omar" has already sold out... "Omar" is being shown with Nicolas Damuni's creatively-shot and darkly humorous "Maqloubeh," named for the famous traditional Palestinian "upside down" casserole.
    • Easter in the destroyed Palestinian village of Maalul (Alex Shams, Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 20, 2014 - 01:12:03 AM
      As thousands of Palestinian Christians descend on Jerusalem for Holy Week festivities, the villagers of Maalul are busy preparing their own Easter celebration for the one day a year Israeli authorities allow them to hold services in their village church. Their forefathers were expelled from their homes in the village in 1948 by Israeli forces, and today hundreds of their descendants live in nearby Nazareth, Yafa al-Naseriyye, and Haifa. They are forbidden from returning to the village, even though it sits mere kilometers away from their new homes.
    • Israeli forces fire tear gas at Christian pilgrims in al-Eizariya (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 20, 2014 - 01:08:42 AM
      Dozens of Christian pilgrims suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation on Friday after Israeli troops fired tear gas canisters as they performed religious rites at the Tomb of Lazarus in al-Eizariya in East Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers reportedly refused to stop firing tear gas canisters despite the presence of pilgrims after clashes had broken out between local youths and Israeli forces in the area.
    • Suspected Jewish extremists torch mosque in northern Israel (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 19, 2014 - 01:44:42 AM
      Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a mosque and sprayed racist graffiti in the town of Umm al-Fahm on Friday, an Israeli police spokesman said. Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an that there was "damage to the front door of the mosque and graffiti found on nearby walls." Israeli police and border police arrived at the scene and are investigating the incident, he said, adding that the attack had "price tag" motives.
    • A one-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis (Estephan Salameh, Chicago Sun-Times)
      Apr 19, 2014 - 01:42:34 AM
      Negotiations toward a one-state solution is one that all Palestinians should be able to accept. Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians should no longer be the sole strategy for ending the occupation. Another round of negotiations must no longer be based on the 1967 border. The next round should work toward one state with equal rights for all.
    • The Spectrum: On being Palestinian in a pro-Israel institution (Serene Darwish, The Daily Northwestern)
      Apr 19, 2014 - 01:34:52 AM
      At this point, Northwestern's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian issue is clear as day. When University President Morton Schapiro actively releases a statement in opposition to the American Studies Association resolution and ensures that it reaches the inbox of every student from Evanston to Doha, students are marginalized.
    • Call to Pope Francis for Passover Week: 'Palestine Wants Justice' (International Middle East Media Center)
      Apr 17, 2014 - 03:23:05 PM
      Palestinian Christians carried a bold message as part of the annual Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives to the Old City in East Jerusalem, this year. The parishes of various Palestinian villages carried banners reading: "Pope Francis: Palestine Wants Justice."
    • Settlers Throw Stones on Palestinian Cars near Bethlehem (Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA)
      Apr 17, 2014 - 03:11:22 PM
      BETHLEHEM, April 16, 2014 (WAFA) - Israeli settlers on Tuesday night attacked Palestinian vehicles while passing near the settlement of Gush Etzion to the south of Bethlehem, according to security sources.
    • Rasha Kashkoush & Dana Salloum Create New Online Tool (IMEU)
      Apr 17, 2014 - 02:04:07 PM
      "We don't want to create another nonprofit when there are already so many incredible ones around the world that dedicate their work to Palestinians. Instead we want to provide nonprofits already serving Palestinians with additional support," explains Rasha Kashkoush, cofounder of Bilbaal, an online platform launching later this year that will make it easy for people to find Palestine-focused initiatives and organizations.
    • American citizen, translator and student - Mariam Barghouti arrested and detained in West Bank (Allison Deger, Mondoweiss)
      Apr 17, 2014 - 01:22:32 AM
      To a journalist working in the West Bank, Mariam Barghouti, a 20 year-old university student and translator who was arrested last Friday in Nabi Saleh, is a familiar name. In spite of her age, Mariam is a polished resource. She's known for her professionalism, sweetness and infectious smile - she makes me smile and almost seems to have bounce in her step. But as I type this young woman is locked in an Israeli jail cell, missing her exams, for her studies in English and Psychology. Mariam and journalist Abir Kopty were arrested last week while translating for a foreign journalist. Abir has been released. Five days later Mariam is still lingering in a military prison.
    • The Palestinians and the "Jewish state" (Vijay Prashad, The Electronic Intifada)
      Apr 17, 2014 - 01:19:43 AM
      For decades Israeli negotiators would sullenly say that the Palestinian parties refused to accept Israel's right to exist. Oslo invalided that call, but of course it did not bring from Israel its corollary - namely, the right to existence of Palestine. Not long after Oslo, the Israeli position morphed; no longer was it sufficient to demand that Palestinians recognize Israel, they also had to accept that Israel is a "Jewish state." It has become a demand of the current negotiations ongoing in fits and starts under the auspices of US Secretary of State John Kerry. The Israeli demand is so outrageous that Kerry told US Congress on 13 March that this is a "mistake."
    • Israeli forces fire tear gas in Hebron prep school (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 17, 2014 - 01:18:16 AM
      Israeli forces on Wednesday raided a prep school in Hebron and fired tear gas on school grounds, witnesses told Ma'an. Israeli soldiers erected an encampment in the schoolyard of al-Mutanabby preparatory in southern Hebron and raised the Israeli flag on top of the school, locals said. Israeli troops also fired what witnesses called "excessive" amounts of tear gas on school grounds, lightly injuring several students.
    • Ramsey Nijem says UFC Fight Night 39 'was my title fight' (MMAjunkie)
      Apr 16, 2014 - 11:04:40 AM
      ABU DHABI - Ramsey Nijem's UFC Fight Night 39 appearance proved memorable in many ways for the 26-year-old veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 13." A big win for the underdog, a $50,000 bonus check for the effort - all important milestones, but not what Nijem considered most important.
    • Resisting the "cannibalization" of Palestine's heritage (Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada)
      Apr 16, 2014 - 01:31:15 AM
      The port city of Akka (also known as Acre) is one of the places where the conflict over ownership of Palestinian history and culture is most stark. The recent campaign to prevent the historic Khan al-Umdan being turned into a luxury hotel by Israeli developers highlighted the struggle by an economically and politically marginalized Palestinian community to resist gentrification and an insidious ethnic cleansing. Director Patrick Stewart does an admirable job in "It's Better to Jump" of conveying both the staggeringly long history of this beautiful port and the challenges which beset its people on a daily basis.
    • Medics: Palestinian woman dies after inhaling tear gas (Agence France-Presse)
      Apr 16, 2014 - 01:29:47 AM
      A Palestinian woman died in hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army to disperse protesters near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official said Tuesday. Late on Monday the army "fired tear gas near the home of the woman, who was suffering from health problems," the medical official told AFP. The woman, in her 40s, "died after arriving at hospital," the official said.
    • Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian youth in northern Gaza (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 16, 2014 - 01:28:17 AM
      Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, witnesses told Ma'an. Soldiers positioned at Erez crossing opened fire at a group of Palestinian men collecting stones from nearby fields, hitting 19-year-old Wasim Abu Audah in the leg, locals said. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the shooting, saying there were 30 Palestinians gathered in the area.
    • Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar aims for a global stage (Kate Linthicum, The Los Angeles Times)
      Apr 15, 2014 - 01:45:58 AM
      Tamer Nafar, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, has undergone a vivid transformation since his teenage years in the nightclubs of Tel Aviv, where he got his start rapping in Hebrew under the wing of a Zionist Jewish MC. Politicized during the Second Intifada, Nafar denounced his mentor, shifted to Arabic and gave voice to a generation of young, disaffected Palestinians on both sides of the green line.
    • Israel allows settlers back into contested West Bank home (Agence France-Presse)
      Apr 15, 2014 - 01:44:45 AM
      Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Sunday approved the return of Jewish settlers to a contested house in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, his office said. The supreme court ruled last month that settlers were the lawful owners of the building in the heart of the occupied Palestinian city, ending a legal dispute lasting nearly seven years.
    • Israeli forces critically injure, detain youth in Aida camp (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 15, 2014 - 01:43:07 AM
      Israeli forces raided Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem late Sunday, where they shot and arrested a Palestinian youth, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society told Ma'an. The society quoted the family of 20-year-old Hamza Battah as saying Israeli soldiers shot him in the leg and the abdomen. Israeli soldiers then detained him and brought him to Shaare Zedek medical center in Jerusalem in critical condition.
    • Israeli forces close down Beit Ummar village (Ma'an News Agency)
      Apr 15, 2014 - 01:41:46 AM
      Israeli forces closed down the village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron and erected several flying checkpoints around it. Spokesman for the local resistance committee Mohammad Ayyad Awad said dozens of Israeli soldiers and vehicles were deployed at the entrances of the village and were searching passersby. Awad said that Israeli forces raided the house of Ahmad Younis Abu Ayyash and turned it into a military barracks.
  • BBC Middle East News

    BBC Middle East News

    • In pictures: Easter celebrations
      Apr 20, 2014 - 07:46:57 AM
      Images from around the world as Christians mark Easter Sunday
    • Yemen drone strike kills militants
      Apr 20, 2014 - 06:33:17 AM
      A drone attack in south Yemen has killed at least three suspected al-Qaeda fighters, defence officials and local tribal chiefs say.
    • Hostage reporters 'chained' in Syria
      Apr 20, 2014 - 03:11:44 AM
      Four French journalists who spent 10 months in captivity in Syria were chained to each other and kept in basements without light, one recounts.
    • UN envoy and Israel in access row
      Apr 19, 2014 - 05:08:38 PM
      The UN envoy to the Middle East accuses Israel of blocking his way to an Easter ceremony in Jerusalem, as Israel questions his judgement.
    • Iran condemns US skyscraper seizure
      Apr 19, 2014 - 03:05:03 PM
      Iran condemns a decision by the US to seize a Manhattan high-rise belonging to a charitable foundation and sell proceeds to victims of attacks by Iran-backed militants.
    • Car blast kills two in Bahrain
      Apr 19, 2014 - 07:32:29 AM
      Two people killed and a third severely wounded after the car they were travelling in exploded in a village near Manama.
    • Anti-Semitic leaflets in Donetsk stir old fears
      Apr 19, 2014 - 07:25:13 AM
      Donetsk anti-Semitic leaflets may be fakes but stir old fears
    • Egypt left-winger to challenge Sisi
      Apr 19, 2014 - 07:22:12 AM
      Egyptian left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi submits his official bid to run for president, the only challenger so far to ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
    • 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
    • Obama signs UN envoy visa ban law
      Apr 18, 2014 - 01:19:22 PM
      President Barack Obama signs into law a measure that would bar entry to any UN ambassador whom the US says has engaged in "terrorist activity", amid a row with Iran.
    • British teenager killed in Syria
      Apr 18, 2014 - 12:41:24 PM
      A British teenager said to have "died in battle" fighting with anti-government forces in Syria, is described as a "martyr" by his father.
    • Algeria's president gets fourth term
      Apr 18, 2014 - 09:54:31 AM
      Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, wins a fourth term in office taking more than 81% of the vote.
    • Bomb kills at least 14 in Syria
      Apr 18, 2014 - 08:49:32 AM
      At least 14 people are killed after a car bomb explodes in a government-controlled area of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.
    • US freeing Iran funds as deal 'kept'
      Apr 18, 2014 - 02:30:38 AM
      The United States is to release frozen Iranian funds, saying Tehran has kept commitments made under an interim deal over its nuclear programme.
    • 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
    • Fresh Syria gas attack alleged
      Apr 17, 2014 - 08:40:07 AM
      Activists in Syria have published what they say is evidence of a chlorine gas attack by government forces - the fourth, they say, this month.
    • A return to Londonistan?
      Apr 16, 2014 - 04:04:44 PM
      Concern about UK becoming haven for Arab dissidents
    • Uplifting letters of hope sent to children of Syria
      Apr 15, 2014 - 05:10:37 PM
      Children's uplifting letters of hope to homeless Syrians
    • On a hill, in sight of Europe
      Apr 15, 2014 - 04:56:04 PM
      Trying to get into Europe from Morocco
    • AUDIO: 'Killing books' in Libya
      Apr 15, 2014 - 08:39:42 AM
      Libyan author Mansour Bushnaf says Libya does not have much of reading culture because under Col Muammar Gaddafi, people were afraid of books.
    • Analysis: Why Assad can have confidence in his survival
      Apr 14, 2014 - 07:56:48 AM
      Why Syria's president can be confident of his survival
    • VIDEO: Jerusalem's holy sites in 2.5 minutes
      Apr 14, 2014 - 04:52:16 AM
      Guided tour of Jerusalem's holiest sites in two-and-a-half minutes.
    • VIDEO: Cleaning up Cairo's waste system
      Apr 14, 2014 - 04:19:29 AM
      The Egyptian government is turning to its traditional rubbish collectors - the Zabaleen - to revolutionise Cario's waste disposal industry.
    • VIDEO: Green-fingered Kuwaitis' labour of love
      Apr 13, 2014 - 02:22:32 AM
      A growing number of Kuwaitis are overcoming the country's arid desert conditions to experience the joys of gardening.
    • VIDEO: Al-Jazeera trial dismissed as 'joke'
      Apr 10, 2014 - 01:27:58 PM
      Three Al-Jazeera journalists have denounced as a "joke" the latest hearing in their trial on terrorism charges in Egypt.
    • VIDEO: Lucky turtle gets prosthetic fin
      Apr 10, 2014 - 09:24:59 AM
      A turtle in Israel which lost two limbs has been given a designer prosthetic dorsal fin.
    • 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.
    • Morocco country profile - Overview
      Oct 26, 2013 - 05:10:12 AM
      Provides an overview of Morocco, including key events and facts about this mountainous kingdom at the far end of the Maghreb
    • 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.
    • Yemen profile
      Oct 26, 2013 - 01:36:09 AM
      Provides an overview of Yemen, including key events and facts about one of the poorest countries in the Middle East
    • 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
    • Palestinian territories profile
      Feb 28, 2013 - 05:22:46 AM
      Provides an overview of the Palestinian territories, including key events and facts
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