All Middle East, All the Time: People to Follow on Twitter

A public service announcement for anyone interested in adding a variety of views on the Middle East to their Twitter feed. Thirteen suggestions just to get you started.

1. Get the rundown on Israel’s police activities from Foreign Press Spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld. All business, no play; won’t clog your feed too much.

2. Claiming to keep you informed on what is really going on in Israel and the Middle East, Zion Square’s website is still in Beta stage, but seems to be doing a great job on airing interesting and diverse viewpoints. Ditto for Zion Square on Twitter.

3. Not as well-known as most of the others on this list, perhaps, but a thought-provoking and prolific blogger in Efrat (and colleague at Kars for Kids!), Varda Epstein is worth the follow.

4. For Reuters’ journalist in Jerusalem, follow Dan Williams.

5. On the Times of Israel, he needs no introduction. In case you’re not already, which is hard to believe if you have an inkling of interest in the Middle East, follow David Horovitz. The list just wouldn’t be complete without him on it.

6. Like Horovitz, Sarah Tuttle-Singer should be well known to Times of Israel readers. Just be forewarned that she mixes the personal into her tweets… and she tweets¬†a lot… always witty… and the language… yeah, not so much.

7. Jerusalem bureau chief of the New York Times. Enough said. Jodi Rudoren.

8. Defense News‘ Israel bureau chief, a bit of a different voice in the discussion, Barbara Opall-Rome.

9. Add a touch of randomness with Director of Bicom Israel, Richard Pater.

10. Very official, so not particularly fascinating tweets, but how can you not follow the Prime Minister of Israel, BB Netanyahu?

11. The official account, but tweets are his own. The PM’s spokesperson, Mark Regev.

12. Kinda interesting. With the understanding that he is the former op-ed editor of the Jerusalem Post. You may or may not agree but you may as well follow Ricky Bendavid.

13. Another Reuters journalist. Tweets a fair amount, generally Middle East related, Allyn Fisher-Ilan.

That’s all for now, folks. Of course there are plenty more to add, but this is just for the newbies to get their feet wet.


About the Author
Rivka Kirwan is the director of media relations at Kars4Kids, a nonprofit based in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and two young children. If it were up to her, she'd be living in Israel, which she grew to love in the year she spent there post-high school.