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Al-Quds Al-Arabi (Arabic: القدس العربی‎), (English: "Arab Jerusalem") is an independent pan-Arab daily newspaper published in London since 1989. The paper is owned by Palestinian expatriates, and edited by Abd al-Bari Atwan who was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza Strip in 1950. Due to its strong criticism of the Arab regimes and their perceived obedience to the U.S. & Israel, the paper has been censored and sometimes temporarily banned in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. It has a circulation of around 50,000.

This newspaper was the first, or among the first, to publish a number of communiqués threatening, and taking responsibility for, Islamist and terrorist violence. Those include the fatāwā of Osama bin Laden and several statements from the person or people who sign themselves the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades. Talking about Iran's nuclear capability on ANB Lebanese television on June 27, Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, encountered stern criticism when he said, "If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight."[1][2][3]

Marc Lynch of Foreign Policy called Al-Quds Al-Arabi "the most populist / 'rejection camp' of the major Arab papers."[1]


Atwan was born in a Palestinian refugee camp during early years of Israeli occupation. Childhood years spent in Palestine followed by study at University in Egypt. Worked at Al-Medina Newspaper in Saudi Arabia from 1975 – 1978 then moved to London as their Bureau Chief from 1979 – 1984 Atwan became one of the World’s leading experts on Middle Eastern Current Affairs. Regularly commissioned to participate in current affairs discussion programmes in the media and to contribute authoritative articles to leading Newspapers and current affairs Magazines.

A first class journalist with a ‘hand’s on’ approach: undaunted in the face of personal danger when in pursuit of the true facts. Editor in Chief of one of the World’s leading Daily Arabic Newspapers with genuinely independent, though sometimes unpopular, political opinions. Never failing to meet editorial responsibilities despite sometimes difficult situations in the field.

Frequently called upon to conduct interviews with leading Political figures in the Arab World.

• Media Consultant on Middle Eastern current affairs to BBC, ITN, Sky News, GMTV, CNN, ABC, CBC, NBC, CBS, FOX NEWS etc

• Contributor to leading British Newspapers including the Guardian; The Times; The Daily and Sunday Telegraph; The Independent

• Regularly called upon to contribute authoritative articles to current affairs magazines including The Economist; The International Herald Tribune; Newsweek.

• Frequently writing articles for Arab Language Publications

• Author of The Secret History of Al–Qa’ida , A Country of Words , ( published by Saqi Books – 2006 and 2008 ) and numerous published studies on Middle East Affairs

• Regularly presenting reports and papers to major Political tanks and conferences in UK, Europe, US, Canada and the Middle East

External links

  1. ^ London editor prays for nuclear attack on Israel by Jonny Paul, The Jerusalem Post, August 28, 2007
  2. ^ The Israel Lobby and the Second Holocaust Debate by Ron Rosenbaum, Slate, September 19, 2007
  3. ^ London Editor Prays for Nuke Attack on Israel by Rick Moran, The American Thinker, August 29, 2007


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