Yariv Oppenheimer says Palestinians are right not to continue to subsidize settlements. 15 Palestinians are injured in Israeli air raids on Gaza. A UN official says a two state solution is urgently required. Israel will allow hundreds of Arab businesspersons to attend the second investment conference in Bethlehem. Israel continues to impede Palestinian access to Highway 443. Aid agencies urge Israel to ease restrictions on Gaza. PM Netanyahu will visit the White House next week. Lt. Gen. Dayton is stepping down as special security coordinator in the fall. An Israeli extremist is banned from certain parts of Jerusalem and the West Bank. Pres. Abbas says Iran has hijacked the Palestinian cause, calls the second intifada a big mistake and says peace could be achieved in a week. Palestinian officials dismiss Israeli threats of retaliation for the boycott. Ira Lee explains why he's joining the Gaza flotilla. Ghassan Khatib says the purpose of the settlement goods boycott is to draw the distinction between Israel and the occupation. Yossi Alpher says it is an understandable but ill-timed measure.

An understandable but ill-planned gesture
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Yossi Alpher - May 24, 2010 - 12:00am

I don't like boycotts. Israel suffered from a comprehensive Arab boycott prior to 1967, when settlements and territories were not an issue. Israel is today targeted for academic and economic boycotts by elements in the West whose hostility toward it in many cases goes far beyond the West Bank, Jerusalem and the settlements.

End the blockade in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Hill
by Iara Lee - May 25, 2010 - 12:00am

This week, I will be boarding one of several ships that are part of a flotilla sailing to Gaza. The Israeli government’s recent decision to deny internationally renowned scholar Noam Chomsky entrance into the occupied territories suggests we, too, might be refused entry. Nevertheless, we will set sail with the intent of delivering food, water, medical supplies and reconstruction materials to communities in Gaza that are in need of humanitarian relief.

'Palestinians are hijacked by Iran'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
May 26, 2010 - 12:00am

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas came out against Iran on Wednesday, calling his people "hijacked, at the hands of the Iranians." "The decision-making power is not in our hands," he told Egyptian television station Nile TV, possibly referring to Hamas's refusal to reconcile with Fatah at Teheran's behest. "The Palestinian people's unity... is not in our hands."

Palestinians: Israeli threats meaningles
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - May 25, 2010 - 12:00am

Palestinian Authority sources say they are unimpressed by Minister Silvan Shalom's threats to impose sanctions against the PA to counter a Palestinian boycott on settlement goods. PA spokesman Dr. Ghassan al-Khatib said Tuesday that threats by "settler leaders and manufacturers as well as by ministers and settler sympathizers do not deter us." "We are not interested in maintaining the welfare of settlements any longer. We are interested in boosting the local Palestinian industry and economy," al-Khatib said

Rightist banned from J'lem neighborhoods
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Shmulik Grossman - May 26, 2010 - 12:00am

In an unprecedented move, the administrative order against settler Neriah Ofen, keeping him away from the West Bank, was extended to also include the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Pisgat Zeev and Neve Yaakov. The order was signed by GOC Home Front Command Major General Yair Golan. Ofen, a right-wing activist, is well known to the security services from the days of the Gaza disengagement, when he was suspected of planning attacks against Arabs. He was also under administrative detention.

MESS Report / Key U.S. figure in Israel-PA talks, Lt. General Dayton, steps down
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel - May 26, 2010 - 12:00am

The United States government's special security coordinator in the Middle East, Lt. General Keith Dayton, who has played a key role in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, will step down from the post in the fall, Haaretz has learned. Though initially scheduled to serve in his capacity for one year, Dayton has remained in the region for five years, at the behest of the U.S. government.

Rahm Emanuel invites Netanyahu to discuss 'shared security interests' with Obama
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - May 26, 2010 - 12:00am

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington for talks with the U.S. President Obama on regional peace and security. "On behalf of the President I am happy to extend an invitation to visit President Obama in the White House for a working meeting to discuss our shared security interests, as well as our close co-operation in achieving peace between Israel and its neighbors," Emanuel told Netanyahu at the prime minister's Jerusalem office.

Gaza aid agencies urge Israel to ease Gaza access restriction
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
May 25, 2010 - 12:00am

Humanitarian aid agencies urged on Monday the Israeli government to ensure full and unfettered access into and out of the Gaza Strip for materials and exports necessary for the revival of the agriculture and fishing sectors in Gaza. "Maintaining agricultural livelihood and local food production in Gaza depend on the opening of border crossings," Philippe Lazzarini, UN acting humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, told a news conference in Gaza on behalf of several humanitarian aid agencies.

Israel ends highway segregation, pleasing no-one
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Douglas Hamilton - May 25, 2010 - 12:00am

Starting Friday, Israeli troops will guard new checkpoints in the West Bank that nullify the impact of an Israeli court order allowing Palestinian drivers to use route 443. What was hailed as a victory for justice six months ago, when a 2002 ban on Palestinian traffic was ruled illegal, now looks like sleight of hand presaging a "human rights travesty", says the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).

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