Palestine, the historic homeland of Palestinian society, has been, along with Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt, one of the nodal points in the print media landscape of the Middle East and Arabic/Hebrew language media activity worldwide. This country’s modern formation and breakup has been a keystone of the tensions and confrontations in the region, with global ramifications. Beginning with Ottoman times and following on to the current situation, the following account primarily examines the Arab Palestinian modern media landscape, although a degree of crossover to other Levantine and to Israeli media activity is inevitable given the internecine nature of these societies’ relationships.

Historical Background

In the modern era, Palestine took shape (beginning in 1517) as an administrative region of the Ottoman Empire: the Mutasarrifate (Turkish, district) of ...

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