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Palestinian Authority’s Wafa news agency relaunches Hebrew service

Outlet aims to influence Israeli public opinion, ‘convey the Palestinian point of view,’ editor says

The Hebrew home page of the Palestinian news agency Wafa. (Screenshot)
The Hebrew home page of the Palestinian news agency Wafa. (Screenshot)

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa restarted its Hebrew language service Thursday after a six-year break, saying it hoped to influence Israeli public opinion.

“The aim of relaunching the Hebrew coverage is to convey the Palestinian point of view to Israeli society, in an objective manner that sidesteps the military censorship that is imposed on Israeli media,” Wafa editor-in-chief Khuloud Assaf told AFP.

Wafa is directly affiliated with the Palestinian Authority and is headquartered in the city of Ramallah, in the West Bank.

It publishes in Arabic, English, and French, but had stopped its Hebrew service in 2016.

Most mainstream Israeli media outlets employ Arabic-speaking journalists who specialize in Palestinian affairs.

Last year Palestinian radio station Jerusalem 24 launched broadcasting in English and Hebrew, and is aimed to offer the Palestinian viewpoint to Hebrew and English audiences.

It is the only Palestinian radio station currently broadcasting in Hebrew.

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