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The Times of Israel Launches Arabic Edition

February 8, 2014

This piece first appeared on the Forward Thinking blog at the Forward.

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For the past two years, increasing numbers of English speakers worldwide have been turning to The Times of Israel for news and analysis on Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Beginning this week, Arabic speakers can do the same.

The Jerusalem-based online newspaper’s founding editor David Horovitz announced on February 4 the launch of The Times of Israel Arabic. “We’re not exactly sure how The Times of Israel Arabic is going to be received in the Arab world. But we do know what its goal is: to report Israel, the region and the Jewish world accurately and engagingly for Arabic readers wherever they may be — precisely as we have been doing for two years for English readers,” he wrote in an op-ed.

“This is really important. No one else is doing this,” Horovitz told me a day later. According to the editor-in-chief, the Arabic edition of his publication surpasses other efforts by Jewish Israeli publications to gain readership in the Arab world. “Yediot [Ahronot] published in Arabic for a short time, and i24 has an Arabic site — but they’re TV news,” he noted.

Horovitz is particularly excited by the fact that The Times of Israel’s popular blogging platform and its attendant open exchange of ideas will carry over to the Arabic edition. “There’s no other [comparable] Arabic site that allows people to blog,” he said. “We are really going to encourage Arabic bloggers to contribute.”

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Have You Seen Today’s Times?

February 15, 2012

This post first appeared as “Introducing The Times of Israel” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

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Jewish and Israeli news junkies are rejoicing at the launch yesterday of yet another media outlet — The Times of Israel.

The Jerusalem-based online-only publication is helmed by British-born David Horovitz, formerly editor and publisher of The Jerusalem Report and editor-in-chief at the Jerusalem Post. In a blog post from yesterday, he wrote, “The Times of Israel represents a determined effort, by a team of skilled, committed journalists, to report Israel, the region and the Jewish world accurately and engagingly.” He claimed that the publication would assert the interconnectedness of the global Jewish community, making it “a must-read, must-visit current affairs website for the Jewish people.”

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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