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A Debate on Gaza: Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada vs. J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward
A Debate on Gaza: Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada vs. J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Democracy Now!
Jill Stein on BDS and Israel
Jill Stein on BDS and Israel
Published: 2016/08/18
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Electronic Intifada
Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah on Israel & the UN
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: Zionist Report
The Electronic Intifada interviews actor Danny Glover
The Electronic Intifada interviews actor Danny Glover
Published: 2010/06/27
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
"May their name be wiped out"
"May their name be wiped out"
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Max Blumenthal challenges Jeffrey Herbst
Max Blumenthal challenges Jeffrey Herbst
Published: 2016/06/07
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Why were Israeli army reservists at UC Irvine harassing students?
Why were Israeli army reservists at UC Irvine harassing students?
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Ali Abunimah from Electronic Intifada testimony #UIStudents4Salaita
Ali Abunimah from Electronic Intifada testimony #UIStudents4Salaita
Published: 2014/09/11
Channel: FreeOfSanity
License to Murder
License to Murder
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Artist Steve Sabella on the liberation of the self
Artist Steve Sabella on the liberation of the self
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Israeli soldiers attack sitting Palestinian youths with sound bomb
Israeli soldiers attack sitting Palestinian youths with sound bomb
Published: 2016/08/16
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Six years of struggle in al-Araqib
Six years of struggle in al-Araqib
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Israeli sniper shoots Palestinian in occupied West Bank
Israeli sniper shoots Palestinian in occupied West Bank
Published: 2015/09/21
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Ramadan at an Israeli military checkpoint
Ramadan at an Israeli military checkpoint
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Al Jazeera speaks to Electronic Intifada
Al Jazeera speaks to Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah
Published: 2012/11/21
Channel: Al Jazeera English
A Life In A Day The Rudorens Of Jerusalem
A Life In A Day The Rudorens Of Jerusalem
Published: 2014/08/04
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Demolished dreams
Demolished dreams
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Carl Arrindell Interviews Ali Abunimah - Co-founder, Electronic Intifada
Carl Arrindell Interviews Ali Abunimah - Co-founder, Electronic Intifada
Published: 2014/11/14
Channel: Carl Arrindell
Israelis celebrate child slaughter outside hunger striker’s hospital
Israelis celebrate child slaughter outside hunger striker’s hospital
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Highlights: Democratic Platform Committee debate on Middle East
Highlights: Democratic Platform Committee debate on Middle East
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Have you heard about Electronic Intifada?
Have you heard about Electronic Intifada?
Published: 2010/12/02
Channel: NGO Monitor
Ali Hasan Abunimah, Journalist, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, USA...
Ali Hasan Abunimah, Journalist, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, USA...
Published: 2017/04/17
Channel: A9 Televizyonu
"They came to conquer"
"They came to conquer"
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Democrats Are Out of Step with Their Base on Israel-Palestine
Democrats Are Out of Step with Their Base on Israel-Palestine
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: TheRealNews
Awakened by the Palestinian Intifada - Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
Awakened by the Palestinian Intifada - Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
Published: 2014/05/13
Channel: TheRealNews
Checkpoint 300
Checkpoint 300
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Ramadan in Gaza
Ramadan in Gaza
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Ali Abunimah Pt2 (Sabeel Conference)
Ali Abunimah Pt2 (Sabeel Conference)
Published: 2009/10/07
Channel: Heber Brown, III
USSF 2010 Interview Electronic Intifada
USSF 2010 Interview Electronic Intifada
Published: 2010/06/30
Channel: panleft
Israeli soldiers tear gas Santa
Israeli soldiers tear gas Santa
Published: 2016/12/23
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Israel Withholds Secret List of BDS Supporters
Israel Withholds Secret List of BDS Supporters
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: TheRealNews
Eva Bartlett on Gaza in Crisis - An Eyewitness Report
Eva Bartlett on Gaza in Crisis - An Eyewitness Report
Published: 2014/03/22
Channel: SocialJusticeNOW
Trump
Trump's Mideast 'Peace Opportunity' Ignores Palestinian Rights & Threatens Iran
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: TheRealNews
Rania Khalek interviews Morton Klein
Rania Khalek interviews Morton Klein
Published: 2016/06/07
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Israel
Israel's law of annexation
Published: 2016/12/22
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Interview with Haneen Zoabi
Interview with Haneen Zoabi
Published: 2013/12/02
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Syrian cuisine in Gaza
Syrian cuisine in Gaza
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Do Palestinians ever have the right of self-defence against Israel?
Do Palestinians ever have the right of self-defence against Israel?
Published: 2012/03/13
Channel: StoptheWarCoalition
CODEPINK protests Avital Leibovich at Newseum
CODEPINK protests Avital Leibovich at Newseum
Published: 2016/06/07
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Democratic Platform Committee vote on Palestine issues
Democratic Platform Committee vote on Palestine issues
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Ali Abunimah Pt1 "People in Gaza can
Ali Abunimah Pt1 "People in Gaza can't wait for Obama to get his act together!"
Published: 2009/10/05
Channel: Heber Brown, III
"Battle for Justice in Palestine" Ali Abunimah, at Rutgers University
"Battle for Justice in Palestine" Ali Abunimah, at Rutgers University
Published: 2014/03/15
Channel: NABJ NEWS
Robert Warrior reacts to board vote on Steven Salaita
Robert Warrior reacts to board vote on Steven Salaita
Published: 2014/09/11
Channel: Ali Abunimah
Economic independence grows at Palestinian mushroom farm
Economic independence grows at Palestinian mushroom farm
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
Ali Abunimah - One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (Part I)
Ali Abunimah - One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (Part I)
Published: 2014/02/06
Channel: Bowdoin Cable Network
Israeli occupation "skunk truck" crashes in occupied Jerusalem
Israeli occupation "skunk truck" crashes in occupied Jerusalem
Published: 2014/08/31
Channel: Ali Abunimah
Arrests during protest in Umm al-Hiran
Arrests during protest in Umm al-Hiran
Published: 2016/08/08
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
In Palestinian village, "Without land, we are nothing"
In Palestinian village, "Without land, we are nothing"
Published: 2015/08/14
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
'There will be no two-state solution' to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: FRANCE 24 English
Palestinians in Israel protest police brutality deaths
Palestinians in Israel protest police brutality deaths
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: The Electronic Intifada
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The Electronic Intifada
The Electronic Intifada logo.jpg
Type of site
Online news publication
Available in English
Created by Ali Abunimah and Arjan El Fassed
Website electronicintifada.net
Commercial No
Launched 2001
Current status active

The Electronic Intifada (EI) is an online Chicago-based[1] publication covering the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It describes itself as not-for-profit and independent, providing a Palestinian perspective on the conflict. EI was founded by Ali Abunimah, the Palestinian-American son of Jordan's UN ambassador,[2] and Arjan El Fassed, a former Dutch politician.

History[edit]

EI was founded in February 2001[3] by Ali Abunimah, an American citizen of Palestinian descent; Arjan El Fassed, human rights activist based in the Netherlands; Laurie King, an anthropologist and former coordinator of the International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra and Shatila and the managing editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies in Washington; and Nigel Parry, currently an eclectic Internet consultant, writer and musician based in Pittsburgh.[4]

According to their website, The Electronic Intifada is mainly funded by its readers with additional funds provided by private foundations. It does not receive funds from any governments or political parties. In 2010 it received US$130,000 in donations from individuals and US$83,000 from private foundations.[5]

CAMERA and Wikipedia[edit]

In April 2008, The Electronic Intifada released an article that documented e-mails sent between members of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).[6] The stated purpose of the group was "help[ing] us keep Israel-related entries on Wikipedia from becoming tainted by anti-Israel editors".[7][6][8] Five Wikipedia editors involved in a CAMERA campaign were sanctioned by Wikipedia administrators, who wrote that the project's open nature "is fundamentally incompatible with the creation of a private group to surreptitiously coordinate editing by ideologically like-minded individuals".[7]

Reception[edit]

In Israel[edit]

Hannah Brown of The Jerusalem Post calls EI "one of the most elaborate" sites of those that give a "Palestinian perspective of the news", going on to describe EI as "very professional, user-friendly and well written," and added that it "is adorned by photos, such as a picture of a lone, small Palestinian boy aiming a stone at an Israeli tank."[9]

Gil Sedan, a Jewish Telegraphic Agency reporter, described EI as a "cyberpropaganda" site which "may contribute to a better understanding of the Palestinian cause," but also said that it "is too biased to be of much use to mainstream publications."[10]

Other[edit]

Political journalist and editor of the online newsletter CounterPunch Alexander Cockburn stated "there are a number of excellent news outlets for those who want unjaundiced reporting. ... The Electronic Intifada ... is trusted."[11]

NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch major mainstream newspaper, recommended The Electronic Intifada to its readers in 2006 at the height of the war on Lebanon. NRC wrote, "The Electronic Intifada (EI), a news site in English, reports from a Palestinian perspective, but as impartial as possible. EI is often faster than the established media."[12]

Conflict with NGO Monitor over Dutch funding[edit]

In 2010, NGO Monitor criticized the Dutch Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO) for providing financial support to The Electronic Intifada, which it claimed were antisemitic and compared Israeli policies with those of the Nazi regime.[13] Gerald M. Steinberg, head of the pro-Israel NGO Monitor, described The Electronic Intifada as "an explicitly pro-Palestinian political and ideological Web site"[14] that hosts "anti-Israel propaganda."[15] Marinus Verweij, chairman of ICCO’s executive board said "The EI reports frequently about the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by the State of Israel. In no way is the EI anti-Israel or anti-Semitic."[13] He described The Electronic Intifada as "an important source of information from the occupied Palestinian territories" frequently used by newspapers such as The Washington Post and the Financial Times.[13] Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman Ward Bezemer stated that whether ICCO had promoted anti-semitism, a criminal offence, is to be determined by the Public Prosecutor on the basis of Dutch law. On 26 November 2010, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal, who is Jewish and has an Israeli wife, said: "I will look into the matter personally. If it appears that the government subsidized NGO ICCO does fund The Electronic Intifada, it will have a serious problem with me."[13] Rosenthal later told IKON radio that "anti-semitism is not the issue" but "my concern about calls to contribute to boycotts and embargoes".[16]

The Electronic Intifada responded to NGO Monitor's statements regarding ICCO's financial support. The Electronic Intifada wrote: "NGO Monitor is an extreme right-wing group with close ties to the Israeli government, military, West Bank settlers, a man convicted of misleading the US Congress, and to notoriously Islamophobic individuals and organizations in the United States."[17] EI co-founder MP Arjan El-Fassed, who also wrote for the website Al-Awda, told major Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that the fuss created by NGO Monitor was related to one quote from an interview with the Jewish Holocaust survivor and anti-Zionist Hajo Meyer in June 2009. Meyer told EI: 'I can write up an endless list of similarities between Nazi Germany and Israel.'[18] In the same article, the Director of the Centre for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI), Ronnie Naftaniel, asserted that The Electronic Intifada is not an anti-Semitic website. He did, however, state that, while everybody should be free to express their opinion, the Dutch government should not indirectly fund a website that regularly calls for a boycott of Israel.[19]

On 14 January 2011, ICCO decided not change its policy after a discussion held with the Dutch foreign minister.[20] In response to ICCO's decision, The Jerusalem Post reports that Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal "will monitor ICCO’s activities. He will consider this as a minus when he makes up the balance when ICCO applies again in new a subsidies-round," as said by Ward Bezemer, a spokesman for Rosenthal."[21] Partos, a national umbrella for more than a hundred Dutch civil society organizations in the international development cooperation sector, strongly condemned Rosenthal's threats to ICCO's funding. "Rosenthal's position vis-à-vis ICCO creates a dangerous precedent for the future. Development organisations will have to continue to fight for an independent voice in the debate. Partos will ... [fight] for that."[22] In April 2011, Professor of International Cooperation Studies Paul Hoebink argued that Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has no say in Dutch government funding to ICCO because Minister Ben Knapen holds the portfolio. In addition, ICCO's contribution to The Electronic Intifada is paid with ICCO's own funds. Professor of International Law and Dutch politicians for the Labour Party, Nico Schrijver considered Rosenthal's threat to cut government funding if ICCO continues its financial support to The Electronic Intifada as very worrying.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact". The Electronic Intifada. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  2. ^ "AFSC Profile". American Friends Service Committee. 
  3. ^ About The Electronic Intifada
  4. ^ "About: Electronic Intifada". Middleeast.about.com. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "About The Electronic Intifada - Who pays for The Electronic Intifada?". The Electronic Intifada. 
  6. ^ a b "EI exclusive: a pro-Israel group's plan to rewrite history on Wikipedia". The Electronic Intifada. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Beam, Alex (3 May 2008). "War of the virtual Wiki-worlds". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2008. In what was probably not a very smart idea, Gilead Ini, a senior research analyst for CAMERA, put out an e-mail call for 10 volunteers "to help us keep Israel-related entries on Wikipedia from becoming tainted by anti-Israel editors." [...] More than 50 sympathizers answered the call, and Ini put his campaign into motion.
    In follow-up e-mails to his recruits, Ini emphasized the secrecy of the campaign: "There is no need to advertise the fact that we have these group discussions," he wrote. "Anti-Israel editors will seize on anything to try to discredit people who attempt to challenge their problematic assertions, and will be all too happy to pretend, and announce, that a 'Zionist' cabal . . . is trying to hijack Wikipedia."
    [...] Someone leaked four weeks' worth of communications from within Ini's organization, and the quotes weren't pretty. Describing the Wiki-campaign, a member of Ini's corps writes: "We will go to war after we have built an army, equipped [sic] it, trained." There is also some back-and-forth about the need to become Wikipedia administrators, to better influence the encyclopedia's articles.
     
  8. ^ Damien, McElroy. "Israeli battles rage on Wikipedia" The Telegraph, 7 May 2008
  9. ^ Hannah Brown, "Virtual war", The Jerusalem Post, 27 September 2002
  10. ^ Gil Sedan, "Mideast cease-fire doesn't extend into cyberspace", 29 June 2001
  11. ^ Alexander Cockburn, "Torture Them", The Nation, 11 December 2000
  12. ^ "e-Intifada :: archief nrc.nl". Vorige.nrc.nl. 25 July 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Dutch will look into NGO funding of anti-Semitic website". The Jerusalem Post. 2010-11-26. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Human Rights Watch needs watching", Gerald M. Steinberg, The Jewish Week, 25 March 2005
  15. ^ "Ken Roth's blood libel, Jerusalem Post, 26 August 2006
  16. ^ "Rel rond Israël,". De Andere Wereld (nl). IKON RTV. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Why NGO Monitor is attacking". The Electronic Intifada. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Auschwitz survivor: "I can identify with Palestinian youth"". The Electronic Intifada. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  19. ^ Van onze verslaggeefster Laura de Jong. "'Ophef rond The Electronic Intifada over één citaat' - Israëlisch-Palestijns conflict - VK" (in Dutch). Volkskrant.nl. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "ICCO will not change policy after discussion with Dutch foreign minister". Icco.nl. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  21. ^ Mcquaid, Elwood (22 January 2011). "Dutch FM mulls slashing funding for anti-Israel charity". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Partos: A free society needs a free civil society (translation of "Vrije samenleving heeft vrij maatschappelijk middenveld nodig")". Partos.nl. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Minister Rosenthal heeft geen poot om op te staan". Viceversaonline.nl. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 

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