Most Jews see rosy future, Israeli Arabs cite prejudice: poll
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
September 7, 2012 - 12:00am


A new poll released Thursday found most Israelis optimistic about the future, however, the Israeli Arabs -- some 20 percent of the state's 7.8 million residents -- feel less proud of their societal status than in 2011, and cite discrimination, The Jerusalem Post reported. The annual Israeli Democracy Index poll, conducted by Prof. Tamar Hermann of the Israel Democratic Institute, sketches a portrait of public opinion on core issues connected to the country 's democratic values.


A lynch could happen in the bubble of Tel Aviv
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ithmar Handelman-Smith - (Analysis) September 6, 2012 - 12:00am


It is easy for Tel Avivians to file the attempted lynch in Zion Square, in which dozens of Jewish youths attacked three Palestinians in broad daylight, almost killing one, under the category of “that will never happen here." That filing tag has become worn out from overuse, but it is still there, trying to do its job. And what is its job? Autosuggestion.


Suspected hate crime: Arab man assaulted in Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Noam Dvir - September 6, 2012 - 12:00am


Jerusalem police are investigating an Arab man's claim that he was attacked on Wednesday night by Jewish youths just for being an Arab. Ibrahim Abu Ta’a, 28, an east Jerusalem resident who works at a local hotel, claims that he was the victim of a racist attack. According to Abu Ta'a, the assault occurred as he dropped off a co-worker after leaving a work event.


Palestinian bedouins return to threatened school
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
September 5, 2012 - 12:00am


Dozens of children returned to school this week, taking part in an annual ritual that has taken on a special meaning in this Bedouin tent camp. The makeshift school buildings, cobbled together from mud and old tyres, were built over the objections of the Israeli authorities, who are now threatening to demolish the structures. Israel says it will not tear them down until alternative facilities are available.


Study: Gap grows between Israeli Arabs, Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ilene Prusher - September 5, 2012 - 12:00am


Palestinians in the West Bank and Israeli Arabs show increasing signs of wanting to keep their distance from each other, and maintain different narratives about the history of the conflict, according to a new study conducted by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers. Among some of the findings that researchers found most remarkable, 60 percent of Israeli Arabs surveyed said they would not want their daughter to marry someone from the West Bank, while 41% of West Bankers had the same attitude to their daughter marrying an Arab with Israeli citizenship.


Palestinian Zionism
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Nir Hasson - (Opinion) September 4, 2012 - 12:00am


Representatives of American-Jewish businessman Irving Moskowitz on Monday took over a room in the home of the Hamdallah family in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud. As in previous cases, the emissaries of Moskowitz, whose foundation raises funds for Jewish housing projects in Arab neighborhoods, enjoy a privilege that East Jerusalem's Palestinians don't have: to get back property that was abandoned during the 1948 War of Independence.


Israel threatens to demolish Bedouin school
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Diaa Hadid - September 2, 2012 - 12:00am


Dozens of children returned to school on Sunday, taking part in an annual ritual that has taken on special meaning in this Bedouin tent camp. The makeshift school buildings, cobbled together from mud and old tires, were built over the objections of Israeli authorities who are now threatening to demolish the structures. Israel says it won't tear them down until alternate facilities are available.


Egypt's Morsi invited to visit Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 29, 2012 - 12:00am


In a rare departure from his oft- quoted hawkish declarations, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday extended an invitation to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to visit Israel. Speaking at a legal conference in Tel Aviv, Lieberman said, "We hope that whoever speaks about peace and about stability understands that there can be no hypothetical peace. "We hope that Morsi will meet with Israeli officials, that he will be interviewed by Israeli media and that he will visit Jerusalem as the guest of President (Shimon) Peres."


More East Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli academic degrees
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Nir Hasson - August 28, 2012 - 12:00am


The number of young East Jerusalem Palestinians wanting to study in Israeli universities is rising rapidly. As a result, the number of East Jerusalem residents registering for Israeli matriculation exams has risen by tens of percent, Education Ministry officials estimate. Most Palestinians who take the Israeli exams, which are adjusted for the Israeli Arab students, do so after studying at one of the many private matriculation schools that have opened in East Jerusalem in recent years.


Report: 40% of east J'lem seniors drop out of school
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Noam Dvir - August 28, 2012 - 12:00am


No student registration, high dropout rates, overcrowded classes and slow construction of new classrooms – these are only some of the failures characterizing the east Jerusalem education system, a report published Tuesday by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Ir Amim organization suggests.



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