A brand new Fatah?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ziad Abu Zayyad - (Opinion) August 12, 2009 - 12:00am

Convening Fatah's Sixth General Conference in Bethlehem represents a new chapter not only in the history of the movement but also in its future deliberations. Fatah was established as an underground resistance movement in exile inspired by the radical liberation movements of the 1950s and '60s in Vietnam, Latin America and elsewhere. The declared goal was to liberate all Mandatory Palestine from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.

Israel: We 'won't make Jordan Palestine'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Yaakov Katz - August 12, 2009 - 12:00am

A delegation of security officials secretly traveled to Jordan last week in an attempt to assuage concerns that Israel plans to transfer Palestinians from the West Bank to the Hashemite Kingdom, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The purpose of the visit was to ensure that strategic ties between the countries are not harmed. The delegation was led by several officials from the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Security Bureau, who met with senior officials close to King Abdullah II.

Jerusalem, US debate status of Ariel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Herb Keinon, Tovah Lazaroff - August 12, 2009 - 12:00am

Jerusalem and Washington are currently discussing whether Ariel constitutes one of the settlement blocs where - under a compromise agreement being worked out - construction that has already begun can continue, diplomatic sources told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday. According to the sources, the two sides are continuing to discuss a compromise solution on settlement construction whereby most of the 2,500 housing units currently under construction in the West Bank would continue to be built, but Israel would declare a temporary moratorium on any new projects.

Hope from Bethlehem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Yariv Oppenheimer - August 12, 2009 - 12:00am

What great disappointment and what a blow to peace-lovers: The Fatah Congress that convened in Bethlehem did not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, did not adopt Hebrew as an official language, and did not end with the singing of Israel’s national anthem. The Palestinians have remained the same; a beaten and persecuted people seeking independence alongside Israel, but without recognizing or endorsing the Zionist idea and the principals of the Jewish State.

Fatah Women Fume Over Election Results
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - August 12, 2009 - 12:00am

"We formed a coalition with the men, but they betrayed us; they were voted in due to our support, but they failed to reciprocate," Intissar al-Wasir said Tuesday after all the female candidates failed to gain a seat on Fatah's 21-member Central Committee at the movement's landmark conference in Bethlehem. The Women's Committee demanded that at least 30% of those elected to Fatah's governing bodies be women, but the demand was rejected. Al-Wasir is the widow of Fatah founder Abu Jihad and the only female member of the outgoing Central Committee.

Peace Now: Halt illegal construction north of Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Erfat Weiss - August 12, 2009 - 12:00am

The left-wing Peace Now organization claims that construction works are being carried out to expand the settlement of Kochav Yaakov, located north of Jerusalem, eastward. A neighborhood with some 15 caravans has reportedly been established as part of the construction works. According to Peace Now, some of the caravans have already been connected to the water and sewage infrastructures, and a children's playground has been set up in the area.

Abbas emerges stronger from Fatah conference
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - August 11, 2009 - 12:00am

As the Fatah party convention wrapped up Tuesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas emerged stronger, signaling a comeback for the US-backed peace proponent after his party was trounced by Hamas. His success in shepherding the long-anticipated congress, which updated Fatah's political platform and ushered in a new guard of leaders in the first party elections since 1989, enabled him at last to come out from under the long shadow of Yasser Arafat – the late party founder and icon of Palestinian nationalism.

Fatah showed Palestinians democracy is more than just a slogan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avi Issacharoff - (Opinion) August 12, 2009 - 12:00am

A week after the Sixth Fatah Convention opened, its chairman Mahmoud Abbas could finally sit back, relax and smile. The rais is beginning to shine through as the undisputed winner. Not only did he manage to convene the conference, an achievement that eluded his legendary predecessor Yasser Arafat, the huge event went through almost without incident (barring a brief shootout between the Presidential Guard and their general intelligence colleagues, in a fight over a parking spot).

Livni: Barghouti is a murderer - he cannot be released
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
August 12, 2009 - 12:00am

Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni declared her opposition Wednesday to releasing jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti from an Israeli prison. Barghouti, who recently won a spot on the Fatah central committee in a party convention that was held in Bethlehem earlier this week, is serving numerous life sentences for masterminding attacks against Israeli civilians.

Fatah Party Election Brings in a New Generation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - August 12, 2009 - 12:00am

Fatah, the mainstream Palestinian nationalist party, elected a mostly new leadership committee, ushering in a younger generation and ousting some prominent veterans, according to preliminary results released here on Tuesday.

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