Bitterlemons Internet project to close

Bitterlemons, a joint Palestinian-Israeli Internet effort to promote an exchange of views about the Israeli-Arab conflict and other Middle East issues, is closing.

The closing of the online publications, including two weekly e-magazines as well as forums on Middle East topics, was announced this week by co-founders Yossi Alpher and Ghassan Khatib.

Alpher, former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, wrote that the closing of the publications “is not disconnected from what is transpiring around us in the Middle East and globally.” He blamed the closing on both donor fatigue and “local fatigue,” the lack of a peace process or  moves toward regional dialogue. — jta