The Media Line led over twenty years ago in pioneering the American independent news agency in the Middle East, arguably the first in the region. We have always stayed true to our mission: to provide you with contextual sourced and trustworthy news. In an age of fake news masquerading as journalism, The Media Line plays a crucial role in providing fact-based news that deserves your support.

We're proud of the dozens of young students we've trained in our Press and Policy Student Program who will form the vanguard of the next generation of journalists to the benefit of countless millions of news readers.

Look out for exciting new additions as we enter 2022.

We thank our loyal readers and wish you all the happiest of holidays.
The Media Line

Non-profit news needs public support.
Please support us with your generous contributions:
Lod Mayor: Violence in City’s Streets Is ‘Kristallnacht’ Pogrom
A rabbi inspects the damage inside a torched religious school in the central Israeli city of Lod, near Tel Aviv, on May 11, 2021. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images)

Lod Mayor: Violence in City’s Streets Is ‘Kristallnacht’ Pogrom

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Lod on Tuesday night after rioting in the city’s streets that saw the burning of three synagogues and the torching of nearly every car parked on a city street. Border Police units from the West Bank were ordered to deploy in Lod and other mixed Arab-Jewish cities on Tuesday night after police were overwhelmed by the violence and reportedly, in some cases, ran away from the Arab rioters instead of confronting them. Lod’s mayor, Yair Revivo, in a televised interview, called on Netanyahu to send in the military. He described the riots as a “civil war” and compared them to Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, a 1938 pogrom that targeted Jews across Germany. “This is too big for the police,” Revivo said. “This is Kristallnacht in Lod.” Meanwhile, Arab rioters in Lod threw rocks and firebombs at the windows of their Jewish neighbors and power has been cut to many buildings in the city. It is being called the worst violence in mixed Arab-Jewish cities in 20 years. The unrest began on Tuesday for a second day following the funeral of an Arab resident of Lod who was shot dead on Monday after Jewish residents, confronted on a city street by Arab protesters throwing rocks and fire-bombs into Jewish-owned homes, shot their firearms in the air as a warning.

Give the Gift of Trusted News!

Dear friends,

The Media Line is always there to report to you the stories and issues of the Middle East – completely and in context: TML is the source you can trust.

Know The Media Line to Know The Middle East!

Please support our ad-free, nonprofit news agency. Our seasoned journalists reporting from the Middle East are working day and night during these challenging, yet defining times; and our student interns are honing their knowledge and skills, preparing to emerge as tomorrow’s journalists.

You rely on us and we’re relying on you! Make your online tax-deductible donation here and contact us regarding donations through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, qualifying IRA distributions and other charitable instruments.

Thank you for confidence in The Media Line.
Felice Friedson
Founder, President

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.