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.

  • Institute for Middle East Understanding

    The Institute for Middle East Understanding offers journalists and editors quick access to information about Palestine and the Palestinians.

    • In West Bank, Palestinians gird for settler attacks on olive trees
      Oct 22, 2014 - 04:48:00 PM
      The rains have come to wash away the dust of summer from the olives, and so the annual harvest begins — and with it, another cycle of violence against man and tree. Mohammad Hamoudah and his wife were picking olives in their grove last week when he saw five or six men darting among the trees, their faces hidden by scarves, carrying sticks and shepherd’s crooks.
    • Palestinian Authority should end joint security with Israel, says chief Palestinian negotiator
      Oct 22, 2014 - 04:07:00 PM
      The Palestinian Authority should end its security coordination with Israel if the United States vetoes a Palestinian-sponsored UN Security Council resolution recognizing a Palestinian state, according to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Erekat made this recommendation in a position paper he submitted to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO Executive Committee, a copy of which was obtained by Haaretz.
    • Palestine shines in global literature prizes
      Oct 21, 2014 - 04:00:00 PM
      Poetry and prose by Palestinian writers has been celebrated by the organizers of two international literary awards. The longlist for the Sheikh Zayed Prize — an Arabic culture award — features three Palestinian writers. Probably the best-known Palestinian on the longlist is Ghassan Zaqtan, whose poetry collection Like a Straw Bird it Follows Me, translated by Fady Joudeh, won the Griffin Prize in 2013.
    • Protesters challenge Israeli basketball tour in Ohio, Oregon
      Oct 21, 2014 - 03:45:00 PM
      Basketball fans joined with human rights supporters in several U.S. towns to call for a boycott of Israeli sports teams, and to challenge what they call a 'public relations tour' by Israeli teams in the U.S. They gathered outside and inside the exhibition games to try to bring attention to the ongoing Israeli military occupation of Palestine.
    • UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions
      Oct 21, 2014 - 03:37:00 PM
      UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday to move away from unilateral actions stoking tensions and make the "tough compromises" needed to end their decades-old conflict. Ban spoke to the UN Security Council after returning from a visit to the Middle East where he saw first-hand the destruction in Gaza wrought by the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants.
    • Settlers construct settlement units in Nablus, seize hundreds of acres in less than a month
      Oct 21, 2014 - 03:15:00 PM
      Israeli settlers constructed two setltement units in less than a month on Yanun village, South East Nablus, and seized hundreds of acres to connect the two. Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of Israeli Settlements File at the Palestinian Authority in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, told Wafa news agency that the settlers have constructed two units as a start for the settlements in the areas of Al-Dawa south Yanun, connecting it to another north east Yanun.
    • Ashrawi Warns Israel Destroying Christian Presence in the Holy Land at Middle East Christian Confab
      Oct 21, 2014 - 03:00:00 PM
      Last September, Middle East Christians were thrust into a spotlight they have long deserved when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz told a questionable Washington D.C. group ostensibly organized to "defend them" that if they didn't support Israel then they weren't really Christians at all. It was a shocking and hateful comment from an American politician who was clearly positioning himself to earn financial campaign support from Israel's powerful lobby.
    • Israeli Policy of Segregation Continues to Dominate Occupied East Jerusalem and West Bank
      Oct 21, 2014 - 02:45:00 PM
      The Israeli parliament of the Knesset is expected to decide on a new bill, this coming month, which would impose both a temporal and spatial division of al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Muslims and Jews, said Israeli sources. In the South Hebron Hills, Israeli forces continue to deny Palestinians access to their land. while illegally allowing colonial settlers to build there.
    • Settlers Continue Work on Two Illegal Settlements near Nablus
      Oct 21, 2014 - 02:30:00 PM
      Israeli settlers have been illegally constructing two settlement outposts on a land they have unlawfully stolen from Palestinian residents in the village of Yanoun, southeast of Nablus, according to a local activist. For the last month, settlers have been working on two settlement outposts; one in Dowa area to the south, and the other to the northeast of the village.
    • Former U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on the Legitimacy of Hope in the Palestinian Struggle
      Oct 21, 2014 - 09:00:00 AM
      On Monday, the Israeli government made a rare appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, but its delegation refused to acknowledge responsibility for the conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, occupied by Israel for nearly half a century. We speak to a legal expert who has just spent six years trying to hold Israel to account for its actions in the Occupied Territories.
  • BBC Middle East News

    BBC Middle East News

    • Jerusalem car 'attack' kills baby
      Oct 22, 2014 - 04:42:36 PM
      A baby girl is killed and eight others injured after a car hits pedestrians in Jerusalem, in what Israeli police describe as a "terrorist attack".
    • Four guilty of Blackwater killings
      Oct 22, 2014 - 11:16:30 AM
      A US federal jury finds four Blackwater security guards guilty of killing 14 Iraqis in a square in Baghdad in 2007.
    • Syria air force 'steps up strikes'
      Oct 22, 2014 - 08:41:31 AM
      The Syrian military has stepped up its air strikes on rebel-held areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, activists say.
    • VIDEO: Kurds' fury as Kobane battle rages on
      Oct 22, 2014 - 05:54:39 AM
      The fighting in Kobane has pushed relations between the Turkish government and Turkey's Kurdish population to the lowest point for years
    • UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry
      Oct 21, 2014 - 08:54:24 PM
      UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.
    • US probes 'stray Syria air drop'
      Oct 21, 2014 - 08:49:13 PM
      The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters.
    • Tales from the India Office
      Oct 21, 2014 - 04:04:32 PM
      Tales from the days when British diplomats ran the Gulf
    • IS video 'shows man stone daughter'
      Oct 21, 2014 - 02:45:16 PM
      The Islamic State group has released an undated video that appears to show an elderly Syrian man stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery.
    • Who are the Kurds?
      Oct 21, 2014 - 08:22:44 AM
      Race, culture and language in common - but who are the Kurds?
    • Who will be Iran's next Supreme Leader?
      Oct 21, 2014 - 07:19:43 AM
      What will happen when Iran chooses a new Supreme Leader?
    • Islamic State: The US volunteers who fight with Syria's Kurds
      Oct 21, 2014 - 04:01:42 AM
      The Americans who have joined the Kurds in the fight against IS
    • AUDIO: Kurds 'need more support in Kobane'
      Oct 21, 2014 - 03:43:05 AM
      Karwan Zebari, head of the Kurdish Regional Government mission to Washington DC, says that the Kurdish army in Kobane needs more supplies.
    • VIDEO: Baghdad: Where one bomb is a quiet day
      Oct 21, 2014 - 01:03:29 AM
      The regularity of bombings in Baghdad makes fire-fighting a busy and dangerous profession.
    • Four held 'over Iran acid attacks'
      Oct 20, 2014 - 09:41:49 AM
      Iranian police arrest four men following a string of acid attacks against women allegedly for not following the country's strict dress code.
    • Syria's Kobane no longer so isolated
      Oct 20, 2014 - 08:45:37 AM
      Kobane gets breathing space in battle against IS
    • The mock Islamic State slave auction
      Oct 20, 2014 - 07:35:09 AM
      The mock Islamic State 'sex slave market' in London
    • Battle for Kobane: Before and after images
      Oct 20, 2014 - 12:11:58 AM
      Satellite images show Kobane's changing landscape
    • Mother helped son flee IS in Syria
      Oct 19, 2014 - 10:23:48 PM
      The British mother who helped her son flee IS in Syria
    • Egypt profile
      Oct 19, 2014 - 02:39:54 AM
      Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.
    • VIDEO: Refugee misery for Iraqi Christians
      Oct 19, 2014 - 01:40:00 AM
      When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq during the summer, people from Christian communities were threatened with death if they refused to convert to Islam.
    • VIDEO: 'We live with the threat of IS'
      Oct 17, 2014 - 10:20:18 AM
      Baghdad residents speak about their determination to carry on with life as normal despite the on-going threat from Islamic State militants.
    • VIDEO: Jihadist's son returns from Syria
      Oct 16, 2014 - 03:31:35 PM
      An eight-year-old boy form Kosovo has been reunited with his mother after returning from Syria.
    • Tunisia profile
      Oct 14, 2014 - 05:47:48 AM
      Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia
    • Libya country profile
      Oct 14, 2014 - 03:07:41 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.
    • Israel profile
      Oct 14, 2014 - 01:45:38 AM
      Provides an overview of Israel, including key events and facts about the world's only state with a majority Jewish population
    • Qatar country profile
      Oct 08, 2014 - 08:02:10 AM
      Provides an overview of Qatar, including key events and facts about this small country which has become a major oil producer.
    • Yemen profile
      Oct 08, 2014 - 06:30:36 AM
      Provides an overview of Yemen, including key events and facts about one of the poorest countries in the Middle East
    • Saudi Arabia profile
      Oct 08, 2014 - 05:42:26 AM
      Provides an overview of Saudi Arabia, including key events and facts about the birthplace of Islam
    • Syria profile
      Oct 07, 2014 - 04:30:42 AM
      Provides an overview of Syria, including key events and facts about this influential Middle Eastern country.
    • Algeria profile
      Sep 24, 2014 - 09:42:22 AM
      Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria
    • Iraq country profile
      Sep 16, 2014 - 04:16:25 AM
      Provides an overview of Iraq, including key events and facts about the home of some of the earliest civilisations
    • Iran country profile
      Sep 10, 2014 - 07:16:21 AM
      Provides an overview of Iran, including key events and facts about this country whose supreme leader is an Islamic cleric
    • Palestinian territories profile
      Sep 06, 2014 - 04:19:04 AM
      Provides an overview of the Palestinian territories, including key events and facts
    • Mauritania country profile
      Sep 03, 2014 - 02:05:36 AM
      Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this oil-producing, mainly desert country in west Africa
    • Iraqi Kurdistan profile - Overview
      Jul 03, 2014 - 05:20:46 AM
      Provides an overview of Iraqi Kurdistan, including key events and facts about this autonomous region
    • United Arab Emirates profile
      Jul 01, 2014 - 08:18:04 AM
      Provides an overview of the United Arab Emirates - known as the UAE - including key events and facts about this federation of seven states.
    • Oman profile
      Jul 01, 2014 - 04:19:53 AM
      Provides an overview of Oman, including key events and facts about the oldest independent state in the Arab world
    • Jordan profile
      Jul 01, 2014 - 02:47:12 AM
      Provides an overview of Jordan, including key events and facts about this small country in the Middle East.
    • Sudan country profile
      Jun 05, 2014 - 09:01:40 AM
      Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
    • Bahrain country profile
      Jun 05, 2014 - 07:44:27 AM
      Provides an overview of Bahrain, including key events and facts about this oil-rich state which has become a financial services centre
    • 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
    • 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
    • Kuwait profile
      Oct 29, 2013 - 02:52:33 AM
      Provides an overview of Kuwait, including key events and facts about this oil-rich state.
    • 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.
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