Associated Press Collections Online: The Middle East Bureaus Collection

Israel Riots, 1980 "Israel Riots, 1980." Middle East Bureau Image Collection. Primary Source Media, 1980. Associated Press Collections Online.
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Discover the exclusive stories from one of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century's most volatile and influential regions.

With stories stemming from Jerusalem, Ankara, Beirut, and their surrounding areas, these records include news stories in the form of typescript carbons or wire copy – the versions that AP sent on to its member newspapers, which members were then free to alter. Among the most covered topics are military operations, civil and global wars, diplomacy, refugees, cultural clashes, and terrorism, providing dynamic, real-time insights from the second half of the twentieth century into issues of global importance that still impact the world today.

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Subjects Covered
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Social Sciences
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