Poll: 77% of 'Soviet' olim support Arab transfer
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
August 3, 2009 - 12:00am

The 2009 Democracy Index, published by the Israel Democracy Institute on Sunday, reveals marked differences between the immigrant population from the former Soviet Union and the general population in Israel. The IDI's 2009 Democracy Index was handed to President Shimon Peres Monday. The survey was carried out in March 2009 on a sample representative of the adult population in Israel of 1,191 respondents. The respondents were interviewed in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian. The sampling error is 2.8%.

U.S. condemns eviction of Arab families from East Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Nir Hasson, Barak Ravid - August 3, 2009 - 12:00am

The United States and the United Nations sharply condemned the eviction of two Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and their replacement with Jewish families on Sunday. Diplomats from the U.S. Embassy sent a protest letter to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, stressing the move went against the spirit of the road map. The diplomats said a high-level protest will be communicated to Israel later on Monday.

Arab Jerusalemite's plight is proof of two-faced policy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - July 24, 2009 - 12:00am

Thirty-one years ago, the High Court of Justice rejected a petition by Mohammed Said Burkan to lease an apartment in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter on the ruins of his family's home which, he asserted, had been bought under Ottoman rule. The ruling put a legal gloss on the practice of blocking access by non-Jews to state land. After years of steady encroachment, Burkan now lives in the heart of a Jewish neighborhood. The court not only rejected his petition but ordered him to pay court expenses to the state.

Israeli Arabs struggle for land
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
July 24, 2009 - 12:00am

Sami Salameh has taken me to what used to be his home before the Israeli authorities flattened it. Metal rods and slices of skirting board are all that's left, among an expanse of sun-scorched wild grass. He has brought along some photographs and kicks the earth as he shows them to me. The wiry 65-year-old man is angry and emotional. "When the house collapsed so did my dreams," he says. He insists this plot of earth belonged to his family dating back to Ottoman times. But Israel has claimed it as state land. He is not allowed to build here now.

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ATFP Cosponsors Opening Night of Arabian Sights Festival, Screening of New Palestinian Film "Inheritance"

The American Task Force on Palestine was proud to co-sponsor the opening night of the 18th Annual Arabian Sights film festival in Washington, DC. The Oct. 25 event featured a screening of the new Palestinian film Inheritance, starring and directed by legendary actress Hiam Abbass.


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