The lies about the settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shaul Arieli - (Opinion) October 3, 2012 - 12:00am

"More and more people are internalizing the fact that our presence here as emissaries of Israeli sovereignty is a fait accompli," declares Dani Dayan, head of the Yesha Council, the mainstream settler leadership, in a short promotional film summing up the past year.

Foreigners taking over Israeli democracy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shlomo Avineri - (Opinion) October 3, 2012 - 12:00am

An amazing fact emerged, almost by chance, from reading Chaim Levinson's report in Haaretz last week that was headlined, "Netanyahu and Romney share ideology, donors": Of the 46 people who contributed money to Benjamin Netanyahu for the Likud leadership primary last January, 37 were Americans.

Are Israelis truly a peace-seeking people?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ravit Hecht - (Interview) October 3, 2012 - 12:00am

The yearning for peace, purportedly one of the fundamental components of Israeli society and culture, takes several forms: prayer (“May He who makes peace in the supernal regions bestow peace upon us and upon all Israel”), Zionist statements (the Scroll of Independence), songs and more.

Sakhnin incitement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) October 3, 2012 - 12:00am

The country’s Arab parliamentarians managed this week to surpass even their own most strident incitement against the state that bankrolls them and guarantees their rights to subvert it. Speaking in Sakhnin at the 12th memorial to the 13 Arabs shot dead during the October 2000 riots, MKs Ahmed Tibi and Taleb a-Sanaa in effect agitated for violent vengeance, thereby ramping up already inordinately confrontational rhetoric.

Arabs hold protest march to mark October riots
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Hassan Shaalan - October 1, 2012 - 12:00am

Thousands demonstrated in Sakhnin on Monday marking 12 years since the October 2000 riots in which 12 Arab-Israelis, a Palestinian and a Jewish citizen were killed. They are protesting the State's failure to take legal action against members of the security forces who caused the victims' deaths.

The Beduin of the Negev
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Rawia Abu Rabia - (Opinion) October 1, 2012 - 12:00am

Over the past month, The Jerusalem Post has run two opinion articles from the same author on the subject of Arab Beduin in the Negev. The articles characterize Beduin villagers as illegal settlers against whom the government is powerless, and accuses Israeli human rights organizations of “ignoring Israel’s democratic process” by advocating on behalf of residents of unrecognized Beduin villages in the Negev.

Israel frees two Hamas lawmakers in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
September 30, 2012 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday released two lawmakers in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in the West Bank.

Barak: Lieberman's comments on Abbas harm Israel's interests
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
September 30, 2012 - 12:00am

Defense Minister Ehud Barak harshly criticized Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman over the weekend, for naming Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as “the biggest obstacle to peace.”

Jordan appoints new ambassador to Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
September 30, 2012 - 12:00am

(JTA) -- Jordan reportedly has appointed a new ambassador to Israel. The appointment late last week of career diplomat Walid Obeidat was reported by the French news service AFP and Ammon News. The position has been vacant since mid-2010, when Ali al-Ayed left to become the country's minister of media affairs. Jordan did not fill the position immediately, citing the lack of progress in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

High Court rejects Gaza students' petition to study in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - September 27, 2012 - 12:00am

The High Court of Justice ruled on Monday against four female university students from the Gaza Strip who have been seeking to study at Birzeit University in the West Bank. The court rejected a petition filed on the women's behalf by the Gaza-based Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Israeli group Gisha, which advocates in favor of Palestinian freedom of movement, particularly from the Gaza Strip. A panel of high court judges accepted the state's argument that it has no obligation to accord Gaza residents the right to study in the West Bank.

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