Online Informational Resources, Middle East


Friends of Lebanon aims to promote a deeper understanding of the issues effecting Lebanon and its prospects for a peaceful future.  This suggested resource list is not intended to be an endorsement.  Rather, items listed below are resources for research that provide practical information and prompt contemplation and dialogue.

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History and Culture :

Online version of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, providing a transcultural academic sphere that engages Middle Eastern and Western scholars in a critical dialogue about culture, communication and politics in the Middle East.  It also provides a forum for debate on the region’s encounters with modernity and the ways in which this is reshaping people’s everyday experiences.

“An open door to the Arab world,” this is a great collection of links to information about the Middle East.  Searchable by topic or by country.  Maps and documents, news and culture–it is all here.

Euromed Audiovisual Programme’s updated news on the film industry throughout the Mediterranean Middle East.

Al-Hawiyya offers current perspectives on the history, culture, and conscience of Palestine and the Diaspora.  Al-Hawiyya is a publication by the Palestinian Cultural Club at the American University of Beirut.

This “Palestine-Primer” takes a multi-level, academic approach to the study of Palestine.

Historical overview of the origins of the Israel—Palestine issue.  A clear and thorough discussion supported by maps, documents, photos and videos.

Collection of short documentaries on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from the Al-Haq human rights organisation,

The Zochrot organization is an Israeli left-wing organization that deals with memory of the Palestinian tragedy following the founding of the State of Israel.  Its website provides articles, maps, videos and images that document the Nakba and the plight of the refugees.


News, Political Analysis and Organisational Reports:

(See also United Nations below)

Americans for Middle East Understanding (AMEU) provides a wealth of resources—articles, books, videos, links to additional information. A must for any researcher.

Middle East Eye is an independently funded online news organisation founded in February 2014.  With a network of freelance correspondents and columnists covering 24 countries, Middle East Eye aims to be the primary portal of Middle East news and commentary.

Middle East reports from blogs and citizen media worldwide, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.

This web site gives the chronologies, from approximately 1945 onwards, of countries in which the US and UK governments have intervened.

Critical analyses of mainstream media coverage of news from the Middle East and beyond.

An independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), Jadaliyya offers insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy.  Searchable by topic or country.

“An open door to the Arab world,” this is a great collection of links to information about the Middle East.  Searchable by topic or by country.  Maps and documents, news and culture–it is all here.

This “Palestine-Primer” takes a multi-level, academic approach to the study of Palestine.

This site provides organised, easily accessible and documented information on Israel-Palestine and the American impact on this controversial issue.

This site provides a variety of news, commentary and information on the Middle East, with a focus on Palestine.  It also provides fact sheets, briefing papers and exclusive interviews.

Focusing on Palestine, Breaking the Silence is a collection of testimonies (both transcript and video) from Israeli soldiers that exposes the harsh reality of Israeli belligerence.

Information on products and companies that profit Israel’s continued violations of human rights and international law, and thus should be included in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to challenge Israeli impunity.

‘BICOM: Giving peace a chance?’ A 2013 report published by Spinwatch that subjects this organisation to detailed scrutiny and concludes that BICOM, like Israel itself, seeks to maintain the façade of progress towards peace, but in practice exhibits deep disdain for international law.

“Israel and the Drone Wars – New Briefing from Drone Wars UK” (Oct 2014) is a detailed and documented 32-page review of Israel’s 40 years of military drone use, the devastating effects of drone operations in Lebanon and Palestine, and Israel’s burgeoning drone exports.

“Gaza 2014: Findings of an Independent Medical Fact-Finding Mission” is a 237-page report by 8 independent international medical experts commissioned by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel to investigate the July 2014 Israel military offensive against the Gaza Strip.


United Nations:

Complete collection of UN General Assembly Resolutions since 1946.

Complete collection of UN Security Council Resolutions since 1946.

The “United Nations Bibliographic Information System” is a catalogue of UN documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva.  It also provides links to voting records of the General Assembly and Security Council since 1946, plus links to speeches since 1982/83.  Additional links to help navigate the UN online.

The UN Web TV Channel offers selected live programming of UN meetings and events as well as pre-recorded video features and documentaries on various global issues. Multi-lingual, filtered search options.

UN Human Rights Council Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, A/HRC/12/48 (25 September 2009). Commonly referred to as the “Goldstone Report,” it covers not only the 23-day war of 2008/2009, but also provides a wealth of historical and regional context.


“Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos” is a clear, basic introduction and overview of Palestinian life. Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American, speaks about her experience in occupied West Bank, Palestine. (59:27)


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