Tweeting and Reporting the Revolution

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Alex Nunns, editor of the new book Tweets from Tahrir, and Rula Jebreal, author of the book Miral and an Italo-Palestinian journalist working in the Middle East, discuss new and old media in the recent political developments in the Middle East. They will both be on a panel Wednseday night as part of the Pen World Voices festival.


Rula Jebreal and Alex Nunns

Comments [11]

Laura from Brooklyn

I am very interested, hopeful, as well as fearful about the revolutions in the Middle East.
It was upsetting and disappointing to hear Ms.Jebreal use this forum to speak out against Israel.
I believe that more care needs to be put into screening your guests. And although I believe you, Brian, that you tried to diplomatically move her away from focusing on Israel, I believe that at some point she should have been stopped... and told this was not the forum for her comments condemning Israel.
Also I believe she is wrong that Israel would not want these countries to become democracies. She would have everything to gain.
Your show left me with the adrenalin of fear and anger. I usually feel enriched by listening to your show.

Apr. 27 2011 11:50 PM
henry from somerset, nj

Your Palestinian guest left out what happened after Israel vacated Gaza - thousands of rockets launched by Hamas of Gaza on Southern Israeli towns and settlements, that's what happened.

The words security and occupation look a little different in the light of exploding rockets, I should think.

Apr. 27 2011 04:28 PM
carl scala from nyc

about 4 or 5 months ago, on a pbs radio program, former under sec. of state richard armitage was asked were he gets his news from... he answered, bbc and al-jazeera [fogive spelling]... when asked why not here in the u.s. his answer was, ''because i'm not interested in the goings on of lindsy lohan''... was he right or was he correct?... carl scala

Apr. 27 2011 11:59 AM

I agree with jgarbuz and, to an extent, ProCro. I think it is in Israel's best interest to let these revolutions develop. The people are not stupid, and they will recognize that collaboration rather than antagonism with Israel will be more fruitful for all parties.

As to the speakers comment about the Palestinian Territories no longer being referred to as "occupied"... First, the BBC, NPR and many other news outlets regularly do. In reality, though, Israel is not occupying another country. "Palestine" has never been an independent nation. I believe that the Palestinian people should have a nation, just as Jews and Israelis do, however even with their governments they are not a nation. I guarantee that if there was no terrorism, Israel would let the Palestinian Territories be. Israel would prefer lower taxes, less military service and even greater economic prosperity, but for now that's not possible for them.

I think it's unfortunate that this discussion of the will of the people of an entire region is twisted to become an anti-Israel narrative.

Apr. 27 2011 11:31 AM
telegram sam from Staten Island

How does Ms. Jebreal feel about the Hamas and West Bank govts? She's mentioned Israel 6 times, but not them.

And PS, you can say whatever you want about Israel here, publicly, as she is doing now. What is she talking about?

Apr. 27 2011 11:24 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I support full democratic rights for Palestinians born and living in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and other Arab countries, including voting, work and other full civil rights in their countries of birth.

Apr. 27 2011 11:23 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

So ask your guest how she feels about Syria and Egypt and other Arab states granting full citizenship and work rights to Arabs of Palestinian origin mostly born and living in their countries? Does she look forward to it?

Apr. 27 2011 11:19 AM
alan from sunset park, brooklyn

What is the Arab press and bloggers writing about the role of the the U.S. and NATO, in terms of intervention in Libya and perhaps others forms of pressure elsewhere and NOT elsewhere (like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen)...or especially Israel's violations of real UN Security Council resolutions?
And here we have John McCain, not known as being very progressive politically here at home, parading for the "freedom fighters" in select countries.

Apr. 27 2011 11:18 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Well, you now have a Palestinian announcer for PNR. Congratulations! Why not formally change the name to Palestinian National Radio and just get it over with?

Does Israel want democratic Arab countries surrounding it? Sure it does. Democratic Arab countries would have to give their Palestinian inhabitants citizenship and work rights, and let them leave their camps finally after 63 years! Israel has no fear of being surrounded by democratic Arab states! Democratic ARab mothers will probably not want their children to go off and die for "Palestine." I think this conclusion that Israel is fearful of becoming surrounded by democratic ARab states is pure nonsense.

Apr. 27 2011 11:16 AM
ProCro from garments dist.

She said: "Who's young and studied abroad" - amazing how even "palestinians" and other arabs are putting so much hope on WESTERN education - the judeo/christian values world.

Listen to what your guest said...putting hope on western educated men.

she is admitting the failure of the arab (muslim) world's ability to create civilized societies.

The WEST wins!

Israelis LOATH assad. No one in Israel will miss assad/his father

Apr. 27 2011 11:15 AM
rachel from manhattan

On a related note, here is an extremely eye-opening resource for information regarding modern life in Israel/Palestine:

Apr. 27 2011 11:14 AM

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