Israeli cabinet approves plan regulating Bedouin lands
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
January 28, 2013 - 12:00am


The Israeli cabinet approved on Sunday a controversial plan regulating Bedouin lands in the southern Negev Desert, local media reported. The plan, which was approved in principle by cabinet in September 2011, aimed at resolving the issue of unrecognized Bedouin communities and their ownership of lands before the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. The plan recommends allocation of NIS 1.2 billion (about 300 million U.S. dollars) to expand current Bedouin communities and build new ones.


Jerusalem soccer fans' racism is a microcosm of Israel 2013
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Elad Lipshitz - (Opinion) January 28, 2013 - 12:00am


The logic of Beitar Jerusalem is a reflection on Israel 2013. If Yair Lapid doesn’t count Balad MK Hanin Zuabi, then a Muslim cannot play on the capital’s soccer team. Some people in the eastern stands at Teddy Stadium are convinced that Muslims are born different and even develop differently in their mothers’ wombs. And we’re not talking about a few people - there are many of them, apparently thousands.


Israeli soccer club's fans object to adding Muslim players
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Ori Lewis - January 27, 2013 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Jan 27 (Reuters) - An Israeli soccer club notorious for the anti-Arab chants of its fans plans to recruit two Muslim players, fuelling protests in the stands that a senior cabinet minister condemned as shocking and racist. At a Premier League game on Saturday, Beitar Jerusalem supporters held a banner reading "Beitar will always remain pure". Other signs hoisted by fans also protested against its owner's intention to have two Muslim Chechen players join.


Vandals target Jerusalem monastery, Palestinian cars in price tag attacks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Two price tag attacks occurred overnight as vandals sprayed hate slogans on a monastery in Jerusalem and torched and spray painted a car in Ramallah, local news outlets reported Wednesday.


Distortion of 'defensive democracy'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


It's a recurring pre-election ritual: The Central Elections Committee invalidates the candidacies of Arab parties and candidates, and the Supreme Court voids the disqualifications. Since 1965, not a single Arab party has been disqualified from running for the Knesset.


Israeli election committee bans far-right campaign due to racism
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chairman of the Israeli Central Elections Committee Judge Elyakim Rubinstein has banned an ad campaign run by a far-right wing party over charges of racist and discriminatory against Arabs. "The campaign was meant to degrade a single group in the State of Israel, the Arab population," Rubinstein explained Wednesday night.


Jordan Prince Scorned For Participating In Jewish Event
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Adam Nicky - December 11, 2012 - 12:00am


AMMAN: Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan found himself in hot water this week after his participation in a Jewish charity event in the UK last month was exposed in local media.


Half of Israeli Arabs not to vote in upcoming elections: poll
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 10, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- A new poll released Monday shows that half of Israeli Arabs would not vote in the Jan. 22 elections. The poll, aimed to check patterns of behavior related to the elections among Israeli Arabs, who constitute 20 percent of Israel 's population, was conducted by the Statnet Company for the Political Science department in the University of Haifa.


Peace moving further away
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Eitan Haber - (Opinion) December 9, 2012 - 12:00am


There were times when the entire world would "hold its breath" before Egyptian rulers delivered their speeches, thinking they would make some earth-shattering remarks. In Israel, way before the Egyptian leaders spoke, IDF intelligence officers would hand their commanders reports containing the statements they expected the Egyptian leaders would make. The result, in most cases, was quite amusing.


The Full Israeli Experience
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Thomas L. Friedman - (Opinion) December 7, 2012 - 12:00am


THESE were the main regional news headlines in The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday: “Home Front Command simulates missile strike during drill.” Egypt’s President “Morsi opts for safety as police battle protestors.” In Syria, “Fight spills over into Lebanon.” “Darkness at noon for fearful Damascus residents.” “Tunisian Islamists, leftists clash after jobs protests.” “NATO warns Syria not to use chemical weapons.”



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