ME battleground spreads to the Internet forums

Published October 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Amman, Jordan — Al-Bawaba, “The Gateway” in Arabic (www.albawaba.com), the largest internet content provider in the Middle East has re-opened its political forum after being forced to stop receiving messages earlier this week. The portal was flooded with thousands of messages from internet surfers who attempted to crash the server. 

 

"For three hours on Monday we were bombarded with hundreds of thousands of messages posted on our forum and for three hours we were frantically deleting as they continued posting," said Ramzi E. Khoury, editor In chief. The barrage went unabated until Al-Bawaba's technical staff found a way to stop traffic to the forum. 

 

"The attack was an organized effort by Israelis who posted technical instructions at Israeli sites on how to send messages in the most crippling way possible. We could tell that they were angry with our coverage of the violence in the West Bank and Gaza and with the pro- Palestinian opinions  

posted on the forum," Khoury said. 

 

Many of the messages included comments and photos offensive to Arabs and Islam. Most of the messages have been deleted but Al-Bawaba has left samples for visitors to view. 

 

Al-Bawaba is a privately owned company operating without government involvement or censorship and has no political agenda. The news channel regularly features items and editorials from all ends of the spectrum and currently contains exclusive interviews with Palestinian security forces leader, Jibril Rajoub, and U.S. military analyst, Anthony Cordesman. 

 

In addition to news coverage Al-Bawaba offers an original range of Middle-East oriented contents for business, travel, entertainment, sports, children's, health and other programs. Several of the channels are in English and French as well as Arabic. 

 

Al-Bawaba recently signed deals to supply business contents to the US iSyndicate, the largest content syndication service on the internet and to Germany's Handelsblatt Group. 

 

"Our portal provides the most comprehensive business news service in the Arab World and is opening up opportunities for people from around the world interested in doing business in the Middle East. We remain committed to providing that service regardless of political developments in the region," said Hani Jabsheh, a company director. 

 

Al-Bawaba's content division is headquartered in Amman, Jordan with reporters and content providers located in 21 Middle Eastern countries. The company maintains a business office in London and plans to open regional offices in Dubai, Morocco, Lebanon and Cyprus. 

 

For more information please contact: 

(In North America) 

Global Village Communications 

Tel: 716-559-3023 

e-mail [email protected] 

 

(In the Middle East) 

Press Relations/Al-Bawaba 

POB 142460, 

Amman,  

Jordan, 11844 

Tel:06-5814873/4 

Fax: 962-6-5814872 

 

Ramzi E. Khoury 

Editor-In- Chief 

Tel: :06-5814874 

e-mail:[email protected] 

 

Hani Jabsheh 

Tel: :06-5814873/4 

e-mail:[email protected] 

 

Ziad Abdelnour 

Tel:212-2238252 

Fax:212-2230161 

e-mail:[email protected] 

 

Panos Attalah 

London Office 

e-mail: [email protected]

© 2000 Mena Report (www.menareport.com)

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