Man reads Arabic newspaper in J'lem.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
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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