Fifty years after the founding of the PLO, journalist Anat Saragusti talks about the first interview Yasser Arafat gave to an Israeli media outlet, looking for the real story in Beirut under siege, and the importance of pushing the limits of society’s comfort zone. By Anat Saragusti This story can go in a number of directions. It can be a story about war, or about different world views, it can be a political story or a societal one, and it is of course, first and foremost a journalistic story. For me, it’s all of those things together. It was the beginning…Read More... | 8 Comments
Twenty percent of Israel's citizens are Palestinian but they are covered in only 2 percent of prime time news. Part of the reason why lies in who reports the news. By Lia Tarachansky/The Real News Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Canadian filmmaker and journalist with the The Real News Network.Read More... | 24 Comments
The Israeli army still refuses to comment on several incidents in which journalists affiliated with Hamas, but with no connection to military activities, were targeted. In response to an inquiry by an Israeli journalist, an IDF Spokesperson representative wondered why he cares about a couple of Palestinians that died 'a million years ago.' On November 20, during the Israeli army’s last operation in Gaza ("Pillar of Defense"), the IDF targeted a car on a Gaza City street with two cameramen from al-Aqsa TV - Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama - killing them both. Al-Aqsa is the official television station of…Read More... | 2 Comments
Palestinian journalists have published a petition aimed at pressuring Israel to grant them full freedom of movement and access in order to do their jobs, just as it allows Israeli journalists to work freely in Israel and Palestine. We at +972 support their petition and call on all of our Israeli and international colleagues to do the same. By the +972 Magazine and Activestills collectives For more than a decade, Israel has placed serious hurdles in the path of Palestinian journalists, often preventing them from covering the news in their own territory and at times even putting their lives at…Read More... | 12 Comments
Palestinian photographer Mohammad Al-Azza was arrested earlier this week. He had spent months evading the same Israeli forces that had shot him in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet last April while he was covering an incursion into Aida Refugee Camp, where he lives. Journalist Amahl Bishara provides this detailed account of the ordeal Al-Azza and his family faced the night soldiers broke into their home: On it went, for over an hour, until the soldiers decided to search one room for a third time. Nisreen was stunned to see soldiers throw up the bed and find Mohammad al-Azza. Immediately, they began kicking him…Read More... | 2 Comments
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES Israeli soldiers target a Palestinian photographer who was taking pictures of them invading Aida Refugee Camp, shooting him in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet. At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Israeli soldiers entered Aida Refugee Camp through a gate in the separation wall dividing Rachel’s Tomb from Bethlehem. There were no clashes at the time, and their presence in the camp was not provoked, but was itself a provocation. Mohammad Al-Azza began photographing the advancing soldiers from the second-floor balcony of the Lajee Center, a children’s center near the camp entrance where he has long volunteered in…Read More... | 25 Comments
+972 Magazine and Israel Social TV are happy to announce the beginning of a new partnership in which Social TV's grassroots, independent video reporting and content will be published and presented in English on +972 Magazine. Like +972, Social TV is an independent media organization working to promote social change, human rights, social justice and equality as well as to mobilize its viewers toward activism. Social TV was established in 2006 out of the belief that objective and diverse media is crucial for a healthy democracy in Israel. It seeks to report on social injustices and human right violations, and…Read More... | 3 Comments
+972 Magazine's Haggai Matar was recently awarded the 2012 Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award in the Online Media Category for his 12-part series "The Wall, 10 years on," which was first published on +972. The series surveys Israel's separation wall in the West Bank, or what Haggai calls the "biggest, most expensive and most influential construction project in Israel’s history." Haggai shared the 5,000 euro prize with Sophie Chamas (Lebanon), whose piece also won. Click here for the entire project: The Wall: 10 years on / Haggai Matar The award was first launched by the Anna Lindh Foundation in 2006 to recognize the role…Read More... | 7 Comments
Demolitions and arrests in the West Bank, solidarity with Rachel Corrie's family, preparing for war, and more. Activestills images tell the stories of the week. Activestills is a collective of Israeli, international and Palestinian photographers, united by a conviction that photography is a vehicle for political and social change. To stay updated on our latest images, like Activestills on Facebook or follow @activestills on Twitter. You can also visit our flickr photostream.Read More... | 1 Comment
Israeli army's Facebook status chides journalists for not choosing sides and becoming active participants in conflict. By Mati Milstein "Pictured is Zehava Weiss, who was injured earlier this year when Palestinians threw bricks at her windshield. Reporters on the scene were positioned to film the ambush and did nothing to stop it." The status update above, on the Israeli military's Facebook page last week, exposed its dangerous misunderstanding – and outright perversion – of the role of journalists in conflict situations. This potentially endangers both the lives of journalists and their ability to freely expose situations of conflict to the…Read More... | 15 Comments
Oren Ziv is one of the founders of Activestills, the photo agency that +972 has been working with since the site was launched. Activestills' photographers are present in places that other media organizations often avoid: On their flickr photostream you can see images from the front lines of unarmed protest in Palestinian villages, arrests of Israeli activists during J14 demonstrations, evacuations of Palestinians and poor Jewish families from their homes, trials of activists and whistleblowers, and much more. There are more pictures by Oren Ziv on +972 than by any other photographer, including our own bloggers. On Tuesday, Oren was hit…Read More... | 1 Comment
Next month, the Palestinian non-violent resistance movement will take center stage at an art gallery in New Mexico. Mati Milstein, an Israeli photojournalist, has spent the last year documenting the activities of a group of women activists fighting the occupation. He discusses "Nesa'iyéh (a woman thing)," his exhibition of their struggle as depicted through his lens, in an interview with Noa Yachot. How did you get involved in the project? I was in downtown Ramallah on March 15, 2011, photographing Palestinian demonstrations calling for unity between disparate political factions. I noticed that many of the protest leaders were, in fact,…Read More... | 42 Comments
+972 bloggers Joseph Dana, Aziz Abu Sarah, Noam Sheizaf and Lisa Goldman were recently hosted by Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., where they held a panel discussion on their work in a changing Middle East.Read More... | 144 Comments
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The Gaza war has cost Israel an estimated $1.7 billion so far: http://t.co/FdM14PgCSz
Reports that Gaza City has electricity for about 2 hours a day. Middle Area of Gaza Strip has no supply at all: @UNOCHA
Amid Gaza war, IDF buys ammunition from the U.S. stockpile in Israel to boost its dwindling supply http://t.co/vuTb9TqQS5 by @nsheizaf
Another day of heavy violence: 129 Palestinians 3 Israeli soldiers killed. US approves Israeli request for ammunition http://t.co/z6F1K2Frui
RT @haaretzcom: U.S. agrees to #Israeli request for ammunition, including 120mm mortar rounds, and 40mm ammo for grenade launchers http://t…