Monday, November 13, 2006

Al-Quds for all your Israel news

Local leaders of Israeli northern villages bordering Lebanon commemorated the passage of three months since the end of the Lebanon war with a warning. During these three months the Israeli government has ignored them and has failed to follow through on promises of compensation for war-damages. If this continues, they say they will sever all links with the Israeli government, and study ways of cutting through the border and ask the Lebanese government to look after them.

I came upon this in an Arabic version in Al-Quds al-Arabi, which was datelined UPI and cited the website of the Israeli paper Yehdioth Ahronoth (I'm going to call it YA, if you don't mind). Unable to find any trace of the UPI story, I went to which is YA's English-language site. The piece is there in an English version, but you'd never find it there either, because it's slotted into their "Money" section.

I mention all of this as a buildup to something: Unlike the US media, papers like Al-Quds al-Arabi go out of their way to present a full rendition of those views that are the opposite of their own, and this includes, in the case of Al-Quds, a full page every day of Arabic translations of Hebrew-language articles from the Israeli papers.

Taking the major Israeli papers from left to right, Haaretz in puts all or most of its content into an English version on its website, apparently in more or less timely fashion. reproduces only some of its content in English, and Maariv offers none. So in the case of the last two, if you know a little Arabic, your best bet for the news from Israel is Al-Quds al-Arabi.

Bringing me to the next point, which is that Alex Fishman, military reporter for YA wrote an important piece that appeared, I guess, on Friday, and which Al-Quds reproduced on the weekend in Arabic. He said the Beit Hanoun "errant shelling" incident was a gift from heaven for Hamas, and it places the incident in the context of the broader Mideast picture. The gist of his argument is summarized in the post just ahead of this one.


Blogger markfromireland said...

good catches both posts.

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