In Gaza, a complex, dysfunctional way of life
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Janine Zacharia - June 3, 2010 - 12:00am

The ill-fated aid flotilla bound for Gaza this week bore food, medicine and toys. What it didn't have on board were the things that Gazans say they need most: jobs, reliable electricity and a ticket out.

IDF panel rules West Bank settlers not protected by Basic Law
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - June 3, 2010 - 12:00am

Israel's Basic Laws neither apply to nor protect settlers, the military appeals committee ruled in response to an appeal from a resident of Yitzhar, Akiva Hacohen, who was banned last October for six months from the West Bank except for Ariel. The ban was later extended for three months. Hacohen, represented by Yitzhak Bam of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, appealed the decision to the military appeals committee, which allows challenges to decisions of the IDF command in the West Bank.

Israel: remember 1947 and the Exodus ship
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Richard Irvine - June 2, 2010 - 12:00am

No one can accuse history of not having a sense of irony. Sixty-three years ago, in July 1947, a passenger ship destined for Palestine and named the Exodus was stopped and boarded by the British navy. The ship was crowded with Holocaust survivors determined to make a new life for themselves in British-controlled Palestine. The British, facing Zionist terrorism and trying to keep promises made to the Palestinian Arabs to limit Jewish immigration, were determined to stop it. Accordingly, when the Royal Navy boarded the ship 20 miles out from Haifa, a full-scale battle ensued.

An Assault, Cloaked in Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Michael B. Oren - (Opinion) June 3, 2010 - 12:00am

PEACE activists are people who demonstrate nonviolently for peaceful co-existence and human rights. The mob that assaulted Israeli special forces on the deck of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara on Monday was not motivated by peace. On the contrary, the religious extremists embedded among those on board were paid and equipped to attack Israelis — both by their own hands as well as by aiding Hamas — and to destroy any hope of peace.

Fatalities on Gaza Flotilla Said to Include U.S. Citizen
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Michael Slackman, Sabrina Tavernise - June 3, 2010 - 12:00am

One of the nine people killed in an Israeli commando raid on a flotilla of ships heading for Gaza this week was a United States citizen of Turkish descent, according to officials in Turkey and Washington. The development added a new diplomatic complexity as Israel struggled to defuse rising international anger over its raid on six ships seeking to break its blockade of the Gaza Strip, where officials from the Hamas movement were reported on Thursday to be resisting Israeli efforts to deliver truckloads of goods seized from the flotilla.

Spin doctors cannot hide Israel’s actions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
June 2, 2010 - 12:00am

The Israeli prime minister’s spokesman Mark Regev once explained to an Australian reporter how he could chew and talk at the same time. This week Mr Regev tested his ability to speak with a foot planted firmly in his mouth.

Don’t Save Israel this Time!
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Tariq Alhomayed - June 2, 2010 - 12:00am

I preferred to follow the Western visual media’s coverage of the crime that was committed by Israel against the humanitarian aid ships headed for Gaza that caused the deaths of around 20 people from Arab and international organizations rather than following Arab visual media coverage. Our media wants to spread the spirit of provocation instead of presenting information. It wants to increase escalation instead of helping us understand the consequences of what happened and how this battle with Israel should be dealt with so that Israel does not escape the consequences.

New Israeli Tack Needed on Gaza, U.S. Officials Say
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - June 3, 2010 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration considers Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be untenable and plans to press for another approach to ensure Israel’s security while allowing more supplies into the impoverished Palestinian area, senior American officials said Wednesday. The officials say that Israel’s deadly attack on a flotilla trying to break the siege and the resulting international condemnation create a new opportunity to push for increased engagement with the Palestinian Authority and a less harsh policy toward Gaza.

Boycott - for things to change
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Michael Jansen - June 3, 2010 - 12:00am

Hopelessness and lack of a political horizon seem to have made the Palestinian Authority (PA) more assertive, even proactive. After years of marking time while negotiations with Israel went nowhere and Israeli colonisation proceeded apace, Ramallah is beginning to stir. One of the engines driving movement is the plan of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to build the infrastructure of a state and then unilaterally proclaim the state in August 2011.

ATFP Senior Fellow Debates Israel's Console General on Gaza Flotilla Attack
Interview with Hussein Ibish - - June 3, 2010 - 12:00am

KCPP AirTalk with Larry Mantle June 1, 2010 Israel is facing international criticism after its raid on a flotilla in international waters left at least nine dead. The United Nations Security Council and others have urged an immediate impartial review of the raid on a vessel carrying humanitarian aid and passengers. Was Israel fairly enforcing its blockade on Gaza? Or was the raid tantamount to piracy? Were the protesters victims or aggressors? And, should the blockade on Gaza be lifted?

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