Formerly TBS Journal

ISSN: 1687-7721


The Arab Spring in Israeli Media and Emergent Conceptions of CitizenshipIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

The Politics of Representation on Social Media: The Case of Hamas during the 2014 Israel–Gaza ConflictIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

Travelogue of the Israeli Protest: A Dialogue with Contemporary Street PoetryIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

Palestine’s Occupied Fourth Estate: An Inside Look at the Work Lives of Palestinian Print Journalists

Ahmad Daghlas Photography

In a study of three Palestinian newspapers, Miriam Berger identifies both internal and external pressures that profoundly limit the autonomy and development of Palestinian print journalism. In-depth interviews with Palestinian journalists and a focus on their work conditions reveal untold stories about the obstacles and red lines faced on a daily basis.

Digital Shahid - From Broadcast Media to Citizen Journalism in Palestine

Settler graffiti on a Palestinian home in Hebron - picture by ScottMontreal

Gianluca Iazzolina traces developments in Palestinian media from the partisan-dominated 1990s to the more diverse forms of the 21st century. He concludes that information technologies are helping to bridge the gap between Israeli and Palestinian civil societies, allowing them to mirror each other in their most human dimension.

The Gaza War, Theater and the Big Interview

Jennie Stoller performs in Caryl Churchill's play, Seven Jewish Children

Wayne Hunt looks at media aspects of the Gaza conflict between December 2008 and January 2009, and specifically at Caryl Churchill's controversial 10-minute play entitled Seven Jewish Children – a play about Gaza. Then he speculates about an 'interview' drama to be called Frost Osama.

Broadening the discourse about martyrdom television programming

  Palestinian children watching television.  photograph by Yael Warshel

A Mickey Mouse lookalike character on Hamas’s al-Aqsa network generated a storm of controversy in Western media in 2007 – but were Palestinian kids actually tuning in? Yael Warshel surveys television viewing among Palestinian youth.

BOOK REVIEW | Palestinian Cinema: Landscape, Trauma, and Memory

Although the book is poorly rendered into English, Gertz and Khleifi offer an insightful look into Palestinian film and draw an important link between art and politics in Palestinian society, says Sonia Rosen.

Gaza: Of media wars and borderless journalism

Zeina Awad reports from Gaza.   Image courtesy of Al Jazeera English under a Creative Commons license

American television news has largely abandoned the Middle East. Can international outlets like Al Jazeera English pick up the slack? Publisher and Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak on coverage of the Gaza conflict.

Social media and the Gaza conflict

Glassman (far right) fields questions in Second Life

More than ever before, governments and pressure groups sought to use social media like Facebook and YouTube to rally support during the Gaza conflict. Why did so many of these attempts fizzle? Managing Editor Will Ward investigates.

Palestinian anti-narratives in the films of Elia Suleiman

Checkpoint scene in Divine Intervention, Dir. Elia Suleiman

Refqa Abu-Remaileh on how one filmmaker uses innovative storylines and production techniques to break with more politically overt narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (features video)

Podcast: The BBC's Sebastian Usher discusses the Alan Johnston kidnapping

October, 2007. In a segment by George Weyman, the BBC’s World’s media correspondent Sebastian Usher discusses the Alan Johnston kidnapping in Gaza and the dynamics of journalist kidnappings in the world today.

BOOK REVIEW | The Palestinian Press as Shaper of Public Opinion, 1929-1939: Writing Up a Storm

Mustafa Kabha’s work falls well short of its considerable promise to chart the influence of Arabic news media on the evolution of the Palestinian National Movement in the tumultuous years that culminated in the Revolt of 1936-39, argues Aaron Jakes in his review of The Palestinian Press as Shaper of Public Opinion, 1929-1939: Writing Up a Storm.

“Huge need for independent media” in Middle East: AmmanNet founder Daoud Kuttab

Daoud Kuttab.

There are few media professionals in the Middle East who juggle as many commitments as Daoud Kuttab. Director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University, he is also a regular columnist for the Jordan Times and Jerusalem Post. But perhaps his greatest achievement is as founder and chief of the Arab World’s first online community radio station AmmanNet. So what has online radio achieved in Jordan? And where can it go from here? Co-Editor and Publisher of Arab Media & Society finds out.

BOOK REVIEW | Media Politics and Democracy in Palestine: Political Culture, Pluralism, and the Palestinian Authority

This book is a useful resource for understanding the post-Oslo dynamics of the Palestinian Authority and the public sphere in general, but it fails to offer conclusive insights, says Julie Norman.

BOOK REVIEW | The Suppression of Guilt: The Israeli Media & the Reoccupation of the West Bank

Even if Dor’s book is only a case study, it nevertheless contributes to the general debate about how media can contribute to democracy and political freedom, says Jan Voelkel.