Mosaic: World News from the Middle East



The Arabic Channel of the Israel Broadcast Authority.


Launched in June, 2002 the Israel government's Arabic language satellite TV channel presents a variety of newscasts targeting the Arabic speaking audience in Israel and surrounding countries.

The News in Brief is presented every hour, on the hour; there are two central newscasts, at the beginning and on closing of broadcast; and in between, lots of talk-shows and topical programs. The channel is on the air Sunday through Thursday, from 16:00 to 00:30; and on Friday and Saturday, programming starts at 10:00. The Arabic Channel also has children's programs (live or recorded), a talk show hosted by Zuhayr Bahalul, many series and films in Arabic, and telenovellas (South-American soap operas) dubbed in Arabic. The channel also features programs aired on other IBA channels (such as Politika), with Arabic subtitles. Some 60 to 70 per cent of the programs are news or news-related.

Israel Broadcast Authority (Arabic Channel)
Capital Studios, 206 Jaffa Road
Jerusalem, Israel 94383
Phone: +972-2 501-3721





Total Area:
 20,770 sq km
 slightly smaller than New Jersey
Government Type:
 Parliamentary democracy
 new Israeli shekel (ILS)
 Jewish 80.1%
 Muslim 14.6%
 Christian 2.1%, other 3.2%
 Hebrew (official)
 Arabic used officially for Arab minority
 English most commonly used foreign language
Legal System:
 Mixture of English common law, British Mandate regulations, and, in personal matters, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim legal systems; in December 1985, Israel informed the UN Secretariat that it would no longer accept compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
 18 years of age and universal