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.

    • Gaza Sewage Spill Floods Farmland
      May 04, 2016 - 12:00:00 PM
      Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory. Residents said about 40,000 cubic meters (10.5 million gallons) of raw sewage poured out of the reservoir on Tuesday and flooded the Sheikh Ejleen neighborhood in southern Gaza City in just 15 minutes.
    • Palestinian Teen’s Father Speaks After Killer is Jailed: ‘No Money Can Bring Back My Son’
      May 04, 2016 - 11:15:00 AM
      The father of the Palestinian teenager burnt alive in Jerusalem, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, has said that no compensation could bring back his son after an Israeli court on Tuesday ordered his killer to a life sentence and to pay the family 150,000 shekels ($39,000). An Israeli court convicted Yosef Haim Ben-David, 31, of 16-year-old Khdeir’s murder and handed him an additional 20 years for other crimes.
    • UN Needs $80 Million for Schools for Palestinian Refugees
      May 04, 2016 - 07:00:00 AM
      The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August. Last year, a $101 million shortfall in the budget of the agency, known as UNRWA, almost led to a delay in starting school.
    • Israel Holding 10 Palestinian Journalists, Six of Them Without Charges
      May 03, 2016 - 12:00:00 PM
      Israel has arrested 19 Palestinian journalists since the latest wave of violence began last October, and 10 are still behind bars. The Palestinian Authority accuses Israel of persecuting journalists in order to intimidate them. It noted that six of those detained are being held in administrative detention, without charges, and said it’s not even clear what they are suspected of.
    • Gaza Sewage Crisis, Festering in Conflict, Poisons Coast
      May 03, 2016 - 10:30:00 AM
      Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone. The sewage has damaged Gaza's limited fresh water supplies, decimated fishing zones, and after years of neglect, is now floating northward and affecting Israel as well, where a nearby desalination plant was forced to shut down, apparently due to pollution.
    • Abu Khdeir Murderer Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Plus 20 Years
      May 03, 2016 - 10:00:00 AM
      The main perpetrator in the murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July 2014 was sentenced to life in prison and an additional 20 years on Tuesday. Yosef Chaim Ben-David, along with two accomplices, both minors, abducted 16-year-old Abu Khdeir early on July 2, 2014, from the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood Shoafat, near his home.
    • In Palestine, Women Run for Their Rights
      May 03, 2016 - 08:30:00 AM
      When the sun rose over Bethlehem on April first, the streets were already buzzing with life. Families lined up along the sidewalks and police officers tried to direct a few confused drivers off the main roads. In the meantime, thousands of people in white t-shirts with ‘Right to Movement’ written over the chest flocked to the ancient Manger Square in front of one the world’s most famous Christian sites, the Church of Nativity.
    • Gaza’s Only Orphanage Struggles Against Odds
      May 03, 2016 - 07:45:00 AM
      In spite of all he has been through, nothing hurts Yousif al-Shimbari more than getting used to mornings without hearing his mother’s voice. During Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2014, the 14-year-old and his family sought refuge from their Beit Hanoun neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip to a UN-run school in the area, thinking themselves protected by its blue flags and logos.
    • Israeli Forces Open Fire on Fishermen, Level Land in Gaza
      May 02, 2016 - 09:00:00 AM
      Several Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers leveled lands inside the southern Gaza Strip Monday morning, as Israeli forces also opened fire on Palestinian fisherman in the northern Gaza Strip. Witnesses told Ma’an that four armored military bulldozers and three digging machines escorted by Israeli military vehicles stormed the Gaza Strip buffer zone east of Rafah.
    • Israeli Military Orders Detention of Palestinian Journalist Omar Nazzal
      May 02, 2016 - 09:00:00 AM
      Israel’s military has ordered a Palestinian journalist to be held for four months without charges or trial. The military said Omar Nazzal is being held in administrative detention on suspicion of “unlawful activity” for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a PLO faction that has been labelled a terrorist organisation by Israel.
  • Ha'aretz

    The online edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, with real-time breaking news, opinions and analysis from Israel and the Middle East.


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  • BBC Middle East News

    BBC Middle East News

    • Conductor to hold Palmyra concert
      May 05, 2016 - 02:51:45 AM
      Renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev will perform in the ruins of Palmyra in Syria on Thursday, Russian media say.
    • Uneasy calm as Aleppo truce takes hold
      May 05, 2016 - 02:48:06 AM
      An uneasy calm is reported across the war-torn northern Syrian city of Aleppo as a partial truce comes into effect.
    • Australia IS recruiter 'killed in Iraq'
      May 05, 2016 - 02:36:32 AM
      An Australian man considered a senior recruiter for so-called Islamic State has been killed in a US air strike in Iraq, Australia's government says.
    • Injuries after Etihad flight turbulence
      May 05, 2016 - 01:31:16 AM
      More than 30 people are injured after an Etihad Airways flight hit "severe and unexpected' turbulence flying into Indonesia.
    • VIDEO: Russia helps Assad make gains in Syria
      May 04, 2016 - 09:45:27 PM
      On the ground in Syria, accompanied by Russian military.
    • VIDEO: Iranian comedy in under 60 seconds
      May 04, 2016 - 05:27:39 PM
      In under 60 seconds
    • Iraqis deride politicians with show of ‘sofa pride’
      May 04, 2016 - 09:03:07 AM
      Iraqis weep for the state of their furniture in dig at politicians
    • Egypt court jails activist for 'insult'
      May 04, 2016 - 09:01:07 AM
      A court in Egypt sentences the prominent human rights activist Sanaa Seif to six months in prison in absentia for "insulting the judiciary".
    • Iraq country profile
      May 04, 2016 - 02:45:50 AM
      Provides an overview of Iraq, including key events and facts about the home of some of the earliest civilisations
    • US Navy Seal dies in IS attack in Iraq
      May 03, 2016 - 05:55:24 PM
      A US Navy Seal advising Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq is killed in an attack by Islamic State militants, US officials say.
    • Israel-Palestinian tensions return to boiling point
      May 03, 2016 - 04:41:59 PM
      Months of unrest pushing Israel and Palestinians to the edge
    • Syrian refugee students rebuild from Beirut
      May 03, 2016 - 04:18:34 PM
      Syrian refugee students rebuild from Beirut
    • VIDEO: Inside stormed Iraqi parliament
      May 02, 2016 - 10:23:03 AM
      The BBC has gained special access to the Iraqi parliament, after it was stormed by anti-government protestors.
    • VIDEO: Kerry: 'Blatant violation' of Syria deal
      May 02, 2016 - 07:39:43 AM
      US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused the Syrian government of "blatantly violating" the nine-week Syria truce.
    • Legacy of Bin Laden's death
      May 01, 2016 - 04:16:27 PM
      Has Bin Laden left a lasting legacy?
    • Why Iran's moderates must capitalise quickly
      Apr 30, 2016 - 03:33:24 PM
      Why Iran's moderates must capitalise quickly on poll win
    • VIDEO: Jordan lifts ban on Lebanese band
      Apr 29, 2016 - 09:56:06 AM
      A Jordanian official has said a ban has been lifted on a concert by a Lebanese band that tackles taboos in the Arab world and has a gay lead singer.
    • VIDEO: Ethiopian Jews' Israel migration hope
      Apr 27, 2016 - 11:01:06 PM
      Thousands of Ethiopian Jews are hoping that an announcement by the Israeli government will pave the way for a new life in the Middle East.
    • VIDEO: Iraqi PM 'to address political crisis'
      Apr 27, 2016 - 10:58:20 PM
      Iraq's Prime Minister is expected to attempt to end the country's political crisis with a cabinet reshuffle.
    • Libya country profile
      Apr 20, 2016 - 07:48:33 AM
      Provides an overview of Libya, including key events and facts about this major oil producer
    • Israel profile
      Apr 19, 2016 - 07:05:31 AM
      Provides an overview of Israel, including key events and facts about the world's only state with a majority Jewish population
    • Iran country profile
      Feb 29, 2016 - 08:34:10 AM
      Key information about Iran and its leaders, media and history
    • Syria country profile
      Feb 29, 2016 - 08:10:09 AM
      Provides an overview of Syria, including key events and facts about this influential Middle Eastern country.
    • Iraqi Kurdistan profile
      Feb 05, 2016 - 03:31:52 PM
      Provides an overview of Iraqi Kurdistan, including key events and facts about this autonomous region
    • Sudan country profile
      Dec 07, 2015 - 08:07:21 AM
      Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
    • Tunisia profile
      Dec 03, 2015 - 08:23:47 AM
      Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia
    • Kuwait profile
      Dec 03, 2015 - 03:32:26 AM
      Provides an overview of Kuwait, including key events and facts about this oil-rich state.
    • Saudi Arabia profile
      Nov 30, 2015 - 03:26:31 AM
      Provides an overview of Saudi Arabia, including key events and facts about the birthplace of Islam
    • Golan Heights profile
      Nov 27, 2015 - 02:08:27 AM
      Provides an overview of the Golan Heights, including key events and facts about this strategically important Syrian territory occupied by Israel
    • Yemen country profile
      Nov 25, 2015 - 08:36:09 AM
      Provides an overview of Yemen, including key events and facts about one of the poorest countries in the Middle East
    • Mauritania country profile
      Nov 24, 2015 - 04:59:58 AM
      Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this oil-producing, mainly desert country in west Africa
    • Bahrain country profile
      Nov 24, 2015 - 02:17:25 AM
      Provides an overview of Bahrain, including key events and facts about this oil-rich state which has become a financial services centre
    • Qatar country profile
      Nov 19, 2015 - 03:27:38 AM
      Provides an overview of Qatar, including key events and facts about this small country which has become a major oil producer.
    • United Arab Emirates profile
      Nov 18, 2015 - 05:41:10 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
      Nov 17, 2015 - 06:49:36 AM
      Provides an overview of Oman, including key events and facts about the oldest independent state in the Arab world
    • Lebanon country profile
      Nov 12, 2015 - 09:15:15 AM
      Provides information about Lebanon, including key events and facts about a country which has often been at the centre of Middle Eastern conflicts
    • Jordan country profile
      Nov 12, 2015 - 05:11:00 AM
      Provides information about Jordan, including key events and facts about this country in the Middle East.
    • Morocco country profile
      Nov 11, 2015 - 08:37:57 AM
      Provides an overview of Morocco, including key events and facts about this mountainous kingdom at the far end of the Maghreb
    • Egypt country profile
      Nov 06, 2015 - 04:03:15 AM
      Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.
    • Algeria profile
      Nov 05, 2015 - 07:28:52 AM
      Provides an overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria
    • Palestinian territories profile
      Jul 08, 2015 - 06:42:02 AM
      Provides an overview of the Palestinian territories, including key events and facts
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