Two roads to justice meet in Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Tenessean
by Nour Joudah - (Opinion) November 15, 2011 - 12:00am


I grew up with two stories, two histories and, in many ways, two countries. From the age of 5 until 21, I roamed, lived in and loved Tennessee’s hills. But, in those same formative years, I lived from news piece to news piece, following with bated breath the events of my homeland, Occupied Palestine.


Pro-settlement attacks by Israeli militants endanger any hope of peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Sacramento Bee
by Trudy Rubin - (Opinion) November 16, 2011 - 12:00am


When Hagit Ofran woke up Tuesday — within days of the 16th anniversary of the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin — she found death threats spray-painted on her door. "You are dead. Ofran, Rabin is waiting for you," was the message scrawled in red against the white walls of her stairwell.


Sinai Bedouin Join Al-Qa’ida Out of Bitterness, Not Ideology
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Arieh O'Sullivan - (Opinion) November 16, 2011 - 12:00am


Egyptian authorities have widened their sweep against militants believed to be behind attacks in the Sinai Peninsula and southern Israel, cracking down on Bedouin tribesmen who have affiliated themselves with the notorious Al-Qa’ida organization. Angered for being marginalized and impoverished by the Egyptian rulers, the Bedouin have embraced the Islamist extremist terror network out of bitterness about their economic circumstances rather than religious ideology, experts say.


Palestinian Diplomacy, Lost at Sea
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Council On Foreign Relations
by Elliott Abrams - (Blog) November 16, 2011 - 12:00am


“Palestinians ponder next step in their statehood bid,” said the Los Angeles Times. “Palestinians will keep knocking on U.N.’s door,” said Reuters. They will go to the Security Council; or they’ll go to the Security Council only if they’ll win; even if they won’t win; now, or maybe later; then to the General Assembly, or maybe not, after all. Palestinian “diplomacy” is now a series of contradictions that display little more than confusion. In this context it is not at all surprising to see renewed negotiations between Fatah and Hamas.


Fayyad Reported Sidelined as a New Palestinian Political Era Emerges - Will Abbas Follow?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Time
by Tony Karon - (Blog) November 16, 2011 - 12:00am


Once hailed by Western pundits as the technocrat-magician who would conjure a Palestinian state into being through irrepressible institutional competence, Salam Fayyad has been unceremoniously sidelined from his job as Palestinian Prime Minister according to a deal announced Tuesday -- a sign of the collapse of the illusions projected onto him, and of the peace process itself. Fayyad's ouster is expected to be a consequence of the reconciliation agreement between President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement and the Islamist Hamas organization, that is to be sealed in Cairo on Friday.


Palestinians must come to the table
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Boston Herald
by Shai Bazak - (Opinion) November 16, 2011 - 12:00am


The situation in our part of the Middle East doesn’t appear to make much sense at first glance. Israel has declared that it supports the establishment of two states for two peoples — which includes a Palestinian state. The Palestinians say they want a state. So why do two seemingly identical positions not lead to the expected outcome? The answer is simple — both sides hold opposing views on the means to reach this goal.


Disbanding the PA
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Danny Rubenstein - (Opinion) November 16, 2011 - 12:00am


Israel?s relationship with the Palestinian Authority (PA ) has reached a new low, the worst it has been since the second intifada and the 2002 siege on then-PA president Yasser Arafat at his headquarters in the Mukata'ah in Ramallah. In those days of bloodshed and violence, Palestinians perpetrated devastating suicide bombings and the IDF conducted retaliatory raids into the Palestinian cities.


Dissolving the Palestinian National Authority or considering a new strategic direction
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Sameer Abu Eisheh - (Opinion) November 14, 2011 - 12:00am


First, we have to ask ourselves about the role of the Palestinian National Authority. Is the PNA a vehicle for independence and the establishment of a sovereign state, or is it limited to running an autonomous area and, in parallel, relieving the Israelis from the burdens of their occupation?


Who funds Israel's right-wing organizations?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Nir Hasson - (Opinion) November 15, 2011 - 12:00am


The sponsors of two bills approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday accurately identified the soft underbelly of Israel's left-wing and human-rights organizations: They are the only ones who receive funding from foreign governments and international organization - and this is the exact kind of funding the bills seek to curtail. Right-wing groups get no funding whatsoever from these sources. What do you think of the proposed legislation over NGO funding? Visit Haaretz.com on Facebook and share your views.


Who funds Israel's right-wing organizations?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Nir Hasson - (Opinion) November 15, 2011 - 12:00am


The sponsors of two bills approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday accurately identified the soft underbelly of Israel's left-wing and human-rights organizations: They are the only ones who receive funding from foreign governments and international organization - and this is the exact kind of funding the bills seek to curtail. Right-wing groups get no funding whatsoever from these sources. What do you think of the proposed legislation over NGO funding? Visit Haaretz.com on Facebook and share your views.



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