The site aims to counter a perceived pro-Israel bias in American coverage of the conflict by providing material from the Palestinian perspective. "Our views on the conflict are based firmly on universal principles of international law and human rights conventions, and our reporting is built on a solid foundation of documented evidence and careful fact-checking," EI editors write.
Based in Chicago, Electronic Intifada has grown in reach and respectability--and made headlines by breaking stories such as the revelation, in January 2010, that the son of The New York Times bureau chief in Jerusalem had been inducted into the Israeli military--an apparent conflict of interest, since Ethan Bronner, the bureau chief, reports on the military and its conflicts routinely.
The site was founded by Ali Abunimah, an American citizen of Palestinian descent, and a lecturer and a researcher in social policy at the University of Chicago; Arjan El Fassed, a human rights activist based in the Netherlands; Laurie King, an anthropologist and former coordinator of the International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra and Shatila (the Palestinian camps in Lebanon where Israeli-backed Christian militias massacred Palestinians in 1982) and the managing editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies in Washington; and Nigel Parry, currently an eclectic Internet consultant, writer and musician based in Pittsburgh.
According to EI, the site gets about 250,000 visitors per month.