Palestinian Affairs: Read all about it

Why are Arabs so fascinated with Israeli newspapers whilst the opposite is true of the reverse?

September 26, 2010 10:00
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Man reads Arabic newspaper in J'lem. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Years ago, to my considerable surprise, I discovered that Arab newspapers – and the Palestinian press, in particular – feature an inordinate number of articles that appeared the day before in the Israeli and Jewish press. In fact, the Arab press hire local services to translate these articles into Arabic. Hebrew newspapers fascinate Arabs.

Take Al-Quds, for example, the most widely read Palestinian daily. A copy from a Friday in late July, which I selected at random from the heap that I have at home, features on page 16 an interview with President Shimon Peres taken from Yedioth Ahronoth.


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