November 17, 2006

Good Neighbors

My Israeli friend Yael has created a group blog unlike any other I know of. It's a Middle Eastern blog called Good Neighbors where both Arabs and Israelis contribute.

So far she has signed up herself (obviously) and Tif from Israel, Big Pharoah from Egypt, Free Cedar from Lebanon, Drima from Sudan, Shiffa from Jordan, Ramzi S from Palestine, and Yaser from Syria.

This is a place for people who want to opt out of the destructive "narrative" that convulses the region and do something more civilized and productive instead.

The Middle East desperately needs a satellite TV station with a similar mission that can compete with Al Jazeera, etc. Cyprus might be a good neutral nearby location where something like that could be launched. In the meantime, Good Neighbors is one of the first and few options available.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at November 17, 2006 01:07 PM

It promises to be better than which hoped to make peace but which only made people more hopeless as none of the Palestinian articles ever opted out of the destructive narrative...

Posted by: Josh Scholar at November 17, 2006 01:12 PM

I will have to take a look. thanks

Posted by: David Thomson at November 17, 2006 09:12 PM

I will have to take a look. Thanks

Posted by: David Thomson at November 17, 2006 09:13 PM

Lovely site. Thanks for the heads-up, Michael --

I agree about Bitter Lemons -- I learn stuff, but it is so rare for ANY of the Arab writers to put aside the knee-jerk reactions against Israel; it almost seems like a requirement.

Posted by: Pam at November 17, 2006 10:08 PM

Michael thank you much for the lovely words about Good Neighbors! And thank you too to all of you who've come by to check us out and to add your voices in the dialogues going on over there.

Posted by: Yael at November 19, 2006 07:54 AM
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