I love my country
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Noam Raz - (Opinion) February 2, 2011 - 1:00am

Op-ed: IDF soldier who serves as B’Tselem official explains why he criticizes Israel A volley of bullets tears through the quiet night. I’m in an IDF outpost opposite Tulkarm in the West Bank and the bullets ring out as they strike the outpost wall. Moments later, I find myself holding a grenade launcher – a weapon that fires dozens of grenades a minute, reaching as far as two kilometers away. I cock the launcher and, without giving it a second thought, open fire at houses in Tulkarm.

Police in Gaza break up Egypt solidarity rally
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 2, 2011 - 1:00am

Police in the Gaza Strip shut down a demonstration Monday in support of the uprising in Egypt. Activists said six women and eight men were arrested at a park in Gaza City, where a few dozen demonstrators had gathered. The women were released after a few hours. It was not immediately clear when the men were freed because they were separated, one of the protesters said. Asmaa Al-Ghoul, a Gaza-based journalist and writer, was among those detained.

WEST BANK: Palestinians not allowed to show solidarity with Egyptians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Maher Abukhater - (Blog) February 1, 2011 - 1:00am

For the mainstream Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and its archrival the Islamist Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since June 2007, the turmoil in Egypt is a source of concern. In the West Bank, the pro-West Palestinian Authority refused to give permission for Palestinians wishing to hold protests in support of the Egyptian uprising.

Dilemma of pro-Israel groups: To talk Egypt or not
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - February 1, 2011 - 1:00am

As Egypt convulses, pro-Israel groups and U.S. Congress members are seized by the ancient maternal dilemma: If you have nothing nice to say, should you say anything at all? The question of whether to stake a claim in the protests against 30 years of President Hosni Mubarak’s autocracy is a key one for the pro-Israel lobby and pro-Israel lawmakers because of the role they have played in making Egypt one of the greatest beneficiaries of U.S. aid.

The Real 'Palestine Papers' Scandal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Wall Street Journal
by Michael Weiss - (Editorial) February 1, 2011 - 1:00am

Last week Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera and Britain's Guardian newspaper released a tranche of 1,600 documents that appear to consist of Palestinian negotiators' emails and meeting minutes covering the past 10 years of manic-depressive Arab-Israeli peace negotiations.

Guyana recognises Palestinian state
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Caribbean News Now!
by Ray Chickrie - January 14, 2011 - 1:00am

Guyana has declared official recognition of a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders. In a news release, the Foreign Ministry said, “It is Guyana's hope that the increasing recognition of the state of Palestine will contribute to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the creation of lasting peace and stability in the region.” Guyana since 1975 has been a member of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and in the 1970s severed diplomat ties with Israel.

Israel, Alone Again?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Yossi Klein Halevi - (Editorial) February 1, 2011 - 1:00am

ISRAELIS want to rejoice over the outbreak of protests in Egypt’s city squares. They want to believe that this is the Arab world’s 1989 moment. Perhaps, they say, the poisonous reflex of blaming the Jewish state for the Middle East’s ills will be replaced by an honest self-assessment.

B.E., Before Egypt. A.E., After Egypt.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Thomas L. Friedman - (Editorial) February 1, 2011 - 1:00am

I’m meeting a retired Israeli general at a Tel Aviv hotel. As I take my seat, he begins the conversation with: “Well, everything we thought for the last 30 years is no longer relevant.”

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