October 5th

Story of Jewish terror
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Zohir Andreus - October 5, 2011 - 12:00am

It was the chronicles of a story foretold: The terrorism of radical Israeli elements against Arabs reached into the Green Line not too long ago, and it was a matter of time before it hit again. Here’s a reminder: In August 2005, four Arabs were murdered and dozens were wounded by Jewish terrorist Eden Natan Zada, the resident of Tapuach in the occupied West Bank. Early Monday, the al-Nur mosque in the Upper Galilee village of Tuba Zangaria was torched.

Congress looks to punish Palestinians, but cuts to security aid pose dilemma
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - (Analysis) October 4, 2011 - 12:00am

If the Palestinians don’t pull back from their statehood push, congressional cuts in aid are inevitable, U.S. lawmakers say. Just how comprehensive such cuts will be, however, could end up depending on Israel’s stance on the issue. Lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staffers told JTA that hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance for the Palestinians are on the chopping block because of the Palestinian leadership’s formal request last month for U.N. membership in the absence of negotiations with Israel.

Egypt sees new Israel gas deal soon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Masry Al-Youm
by Reuters - October 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Egypt will soon finish drafting a new contract for gas exports to its neighbour Israel that includes a big increase in prices, a newspaper cited the petroleum minister as saying on Tuesday. Gas supplies to Israel have been disrupted by a series of attacks on the pipeline in the Sinai border region by assailants believed to oppose the sale of gas to the Jewish state. The attacks became more frequent and supplies were halted after the overthrow of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Palestinians demonstrating at destruction of mosque met with police tear gas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Hugh Naylor - (Analysis) October 5, 2011 - 12:00am

For the residents of this Palestinian village inside Israel, it was not enough that earlier this week their mosque was vandalised and burnt, probably by ultranationalist Jews from West Bank settlements. When they set out peacefully to protest against the desecration of the Noor Mosque, they were met with Israeli police hurling tear gas canisters and stun grenades. Israeli authorities said the demonstrators were making their way to the nearby Jewish community of Rosh Pina, an allegation they deny.

No realistic chance of permanent Middle East peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shlomo Avineri - October 5, 2011 - 12:00am

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas once again made a common Palestinian mistake: a Palestinian leader does not have to persuade the nations of the world, but rather the Israelis. A Palestinian state will arise only if the Palestinians convince the Israelis that they are indeed ready to live in peace and mutual recognition. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was able to do so with his historic speech to the Knesset, which turned him in the blink of an eye from a bitter and cruel enemy to the most popular figure in Israel.

Rabbis’ love for Israel: Is it a generational thing?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Dan Klein - (Analysis) October 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Do Conservative rabbis become more politically conservative on Israel as they grow older, or are older rabbis simply more right wing than younger rabbis when it comes to Israel? A new study by the Conservative movement’s flagship institution presents some evidence of a generational gap among rabbis, finding that older ones tend to identify more closely with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, while younger ones also favorably view J Street, the more liberal “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobbying group.

US says Israel, PA support new Quartet approach to talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Herb Keinon - (Analysis) October 4, 2011 - 12:00am

In an apparent effort to keep the most recent Quartet initiative alive, the US embassy circulated a statement on Tuesday giving the impression both Israel and the Palestinians have equally accepted a Quartet framework for returning to direct talks, though the Palestinians have not yet formally endorsed the idea. Under the proposal, Israel and the Palestinians are supposed to sit down for a preparatory meeting by October 23, or two weeks from Sunday.

Palestinians accost US delegation in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Mohammed Daraghmeh - (Analysis) October 4, 2011 - 12:00am

A small crowd of Palestinian protesters accosted an American diplomatic delegation visiting the West Bank Tuesday, blocking a convoy of vehicles, chanting "shame on you" and hurling a shoe — a deeply insulting gesture in Arab culture. The Americans, including employees of the consulate in Jerusalem, were on their way to a U.S. reception in town of Ramallah meant to reaffirm cultural and educational ties with the Palestinians.

Palestinian lawyers affirm essential role of PLO at UN
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 5, 2011 - 12:00am

As the Security Council considers Palestine's application for full membership of the United Nations, Palestinian lawyers, jurists and legal scholars have signed a joint statement expressing concern over the bid's implications for Palestinians' rights.

Palestinians say Israeli prison hunger strike grows
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Alertnet
by Nidal al-Mughrabi, Ali Sawafta - (Analysis) October 5, 2011 - 12:00am

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails have joined a hunger strike to protest against worsening prison conditions, the Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs said on Monday. Issa Qaraqea told Reuters that some 500 prisoners in Israeli jails were refusing to eat, rapidly swelling the ranks of the protest which began last week. The strike was called after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toughened restrictions on Palestinian prisoners as part of an effort to force the Islamist group Hamas to free a kidnapped Israeli soldier.

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