Who are You? ID Cards and East Jerusalem’s Identity Crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Linda Gradstein - (Opinion) September 25, 2012 - 12:00am

In the United States, you need a passport to travel abroad, and a drivers’ license to cash a check. In Israel, you need an ID card just to cross the street.

PA threatens to sue union over transport strikes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
September 24, 2012 - 12:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority will go to the Supreme Court of Justice if the public transport workers union proceeds with strikes this week, a Palestinian minister said on Sunday. The union has confirmed it will proceed with planned strikes this week after it was not satisfied by the government's response to their demands. Workers will go on strike Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and all day Wednesday.

Hamas extortion ring uncovered in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
September 24, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Israeli police arrested Sunday four Jewish men accused of cooperating in the kidnapping of an Eritrean migrant in an extortion ring which leads to Hamas and Sinai-based militants.

PNA forces discover secretive West Bank detention facility for Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
September 23, 2012 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian security forces discovered Sunday a detention facility in the West Bank and said it was prepared by elements affiliated with Islamic Hamas movement. The "prison" was found under a restaurant in Nablus, said the governor of the city, Gabreen Al-Bakri.

Learning about the Holocaust - in Arabic
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Khaled Diab - (Opinion) September 19, 2012 - 12:00am

"Please excuse my broken Arabic," our guide, Yehuda Yarin, tells the mixed group of Palestinians and Israelis who have come to Yad Vashem to learn more about the Holocaust. It's a three-day joint excursion - a Tiyul-Rihla, the words for "trip" in Hebrew and Arabic - to Acre, Haifa and Jerusalem.

Giving Israel a new look at Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Zvi Barel - (Book Review) September 19, 2012 - 12:00am

“Hamas offers two alternatives: 1. A separate track, dealing only with the release of Gilad Shalit in return for 1,000 Palestinian political prisoners. 2. A release of prisoners will take place in the broader context of a strategic approach ‏(as follows‏), and the number of prisoners released will not be in the hundreds.”

Detained Palestinian theatre director resumes hunger strike
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Harriet Sherwood - September 18, 2012 - 12:00am

The Palestinian militant turned theatre director Zakaria Zubeidi has resumed a total hunger strike in protest at his continued detention without charge by Palestinian security forces, and his supporters say he could die within days.

Gaza govt: Inquiry cleared Palestinians in Sinai attack
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
September 17, 2012 - 12:00am

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The government in the Gaza Strip has conducted an investigation with Egyptian coordination into the deadly border attack last month, and found no Palestinians were involved, a Palestinian official said on Monday. Neither residents of the Gaza Strip nor other Palestinians played a part in the killing of 16 Egyptian security officials on Aug. 5, spokesman of Gaza's interior ministry, Ehab al-Ghasein, said in a statement.

Mistreatment of refugees in Israel doesn't stop at border
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Mya Guarnieri - (Opinion) September 17, 2012 - 12:00am

Earlier this month, 21 Eritrean asylum seekers, including a 14-year-old child and two pregnant women, spent over a week trapped between fences on the Israeli side of the Israeli-Egyptian border. As the temperatures soared, one of the women reportedly miscarried. The group was not provided with any shelter; the "most moral army in the world" gave the refugees only small amounts of water and scraps of cloth to protect themselves from the sun.

Islam is ready for peace with Israel, says rabbi who has met with ‘whole strata’ of radicals
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by David Horovitz - (Interview) September 16, 2012 - 12:00am

For 10 years, from 1999, Rabbi Michael Melchior was a member of Knesset, elected via the dovish Meimad faction — the political face of moderate religious Zionism.

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