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April 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Struggling to stay human

MENASSAT’s Bethlehem correspondent, Fadi Abu Saada, recalls the bloody events in Gaza and their impact on the lives of Palestinian journalists.

It was past two in the morning on Wednesday February 27 when the phone woke me from my sleep. When the phone rings at this hour, it is always bad news. Continue reading

March 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Hamas not amused by Haniya cartoon


A Gaza court has banned the Palestinian newspaper al-Ayyam because of a three months old cartoon that was judged to be ‘defamatory’ to Hamas members of parliament. 

BETHLEHEM, Feb. 11, 2008 (MENASSAT) – On February 3, 2008, al-Solh court in Gaza ordered the halting of the publication, printing and distribution of al-Ayyam newspaper starting February 6. It also imposed suspended jail sentences and fines on three staff members of al-Ayyam. Continue reading

February 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Palestine’s pax media

The death of the son of Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar in an Israeli raid has led to a surprising rapprochement between Fateh and Hamas – and it was all thanks to a small, privately owned radio station in Gaza.
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar, left, bids farewell to his son Husam, the second son to be killed by the Israelis. Continue reading

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Arab media as seen through Israeli eyes

Fadi Abu Saada

BETHLEHEM, Jan. 8, 2008 (MENASSAT.COM) – For Ali Waked, a Palestinian journalist from Yafa working for the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, there can be no doubt about it: the Arab press is one of the main sources of news for the Israeli press. “We cannot deny the dynamism of some of the Palestinian and Arab news websites, which are sometimes the first to cover many events, even before the international news media,” he says. Continue reading

January 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment