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Middle East Media Watch

In the new peace negotiations in the Middle East every word is analyzed with the greatest scrutiny. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's use of the term "occupied" in reference to the West Bank and Gaza Strip garnered hundreds of news stories. Seemingly in a matter of minutes after a speech by Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas at the Summit in Aquaba, Jordan calling for an end to the "armed intifada" the Israeli newspaper HA'ARETZ presented a response from Palestinian group Hamas on its Web site responding to the speech.

How can you keep watch on the constantly developing situation? Below are some sites which update their Middle East coverage with great frequency. They represent a variety of opinions and perspectives.

There are numerous mainstream news outlets offering coverage of events in the Middle East. The following sites maintain frequently-updated hub pages of their coverage:

BBC News
BBC news presents this in-depth section on Israel and the Palestinians, with updates on the latest news, analysis of current events and issues, a history told through maps and timelines, and a feature on Jerusalem's holy sites.

NEW YORK TIMES Middle East Coverage
The Times site maintains extensive archives of Middle East coverage and interactive features.

The Online NewsHour
The Online NewsHour is the companion Web site to PBS' THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER. The site features a special subsection devoted to coverage of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. This area offers current and archived information and analysis related to the conflict.

THE WASHINGTON POST's site holds and extensive archive of coverage and an in-depth feature called "One Land, Two People" well worth investigating.

To explore coverage of the evolving peace process in the Middle East and the rest of the world use our Foreign Press on the Web guide.

The following links provide the perspectives of Israelis and Palestinians, as well as other media and organizational resources.

Ha'aretz Daily Newspaper
Ha'aretz is an independent daily newspaper based in Tel Aviv covering both domestic issues and international affairs. The paper is perhaps best known for its Op-ed page, where its senior columnists - among them some of Israel's leading commentators and analysts - reflect on current events.

The Israeli Government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents a news flash section, headlines divided into categories such as Diplomatic Contact and Palestinian terrorism and the Israeli response, as well as the opportunity to learn more about Israel in sections such as Facts about Israel, Foreign Affairs, Peace Process, and Culture.

Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information
IPCRI, founded in Jerusalem in 1988, is the only joint Palestinian-Israeli public policy think-tank in the world. It is devoted to developing, what is described as, "practical solutions" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Web site includes articles and research findings such as "Israeli-Palestinian Youth Encounter Workshops in the Framework of IPCRI Educational Peace" and "A New American Peace Initiative: Can it Work?"

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is an international news service that provides up-to-the-minute reports, analysis and features on events and issues of concern to the Jewish people. The JTA correspondents in New York, Washington, Jerusalem, Moscow and 30 other cities around the globe provide coverage of political, economic and social developments affecting Jews in North and South America, Israel, Europe, Africa and Australia. View the JTA Web site for daily reports on news and politics in Israel.

Middle East Media and Research Institute
MEMRI, an independent, non-profit organization providing translations of the Arabic and Farsi media and original analysis and research on developments in the Middle East.

Zondervan News Links
Zondervan is an international Christian communications company. Most notably, its site offers links to approximately 100 different religion news services and news wires, including specialized presses, religion pages of mainstream papers, and some religion search engines.

Middle East News Online
Middle East News Online (MENO) is the companion site to the Middle East News Service Inc., which syndicates news and information about the Middle East and North Africa regions. The site and service specializes in information related to the political, economic, social and cultural realities of the Middle East and North Africa, with particular emphasis on economic and financial coverage and policy analysis. MENO aggregates a massive amount of constantly updated information obtained from over 120 sources, and offers daily local and regional news content. The online news can be read in English, French or Arabic and is organized according to both country and topic.

Palestinian National Authority
The official web site of the Palestinian National Authority offers daily headlines, and arranges news and interviews within categories such as Peace Process, On the Ground, Building the State, and Palestine & UN.

The Palestinian Report
The Jerusalem Media and Communications Center was established in 1988 by a group of Palestinian journalists and researchers. The weekly online news digest covers events in the Gaza Strip and West Bank through feature stories, photo galleries and commentary.

PLO Negotiations Affairs Department
The Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) is an institution of the Palestinian Liberation Organization that was established in 1994 in Gaza in order to follow up on the implementation of the Interim Agreement signed between Israel and the PLO. This site offers an eye on negotiations, a description of the Palestinian position on Jerusalem, settlements, refugees, borders, security, and much more.

The United Nations
Fifty-one countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security established the United Nations on October 2, 1945. This URL links to a subsection of the UN site entitled "The Question of Palestine." The area collects a wide variety of materials offering deeper insight on the subjects in question, including a historical overview of the region, an outline of the current obstacles to a resolution of the conflict between Israel-Palestine and a database of U.N. documents discussing aspects of the conflict.

UN News Centre
The United Nations News Centre presents this Middle East section, which includes chronological detail of Security Council action, the Secretary-General's statements, information on UN envoys, and much more.

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