February 1st

Palestinian Cabinet in West Bank says it will hold municipal elections 'as soon as possible'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
February 1, 2011 - 1:00am

Palestinian Cabinet in West Bank says it will hold municipal elections "as soon as possible."

PA accuses Hamas of selling donated medicine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 1, 2011 - 1:00am

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry on Monday accused its counterpart in the Gaza Strip of selling donated medical aid to private pharmacies. The Ramallah-based ministry said five convoys had delivered almost 1,600 tons of medical aid to the coastal enclave so far in 2011. However, only a few tons of the donated medicine reached the PA ministry's warehouse in the Gaza Strip, the ministry said in a statement.

2 Gaza rockets explode in Israeli towns
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
January 31, 2011 - 1:00am

The Israeli military says two rockets fired from Gaza have exploded in Israeli towns. No one was hurt, but there was some damage. The attacks came a few minutes apart late Monday. One rocket hit Netivot, 9 miles (14 kilometers) east of Gaza, and the second exploded in Ofakim, 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Gaza. The military says the range indicates the rockets were Grads. Israel charges that Iran supplies Gaza militants with Grads. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Movement for equality
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Elad Smorzik - January 2, 2011 - 1:00am

On the pale parquet floor of the Rabeah Murkus Dance Studio in Kfar Yassif a few students are warming up to a backdrop of purple walls and a decorated Christmas tree. After Murkus hustles the last of the lingerers in the dressing room, samba music starts coming through the loudspeakers and the lesson in modern dance begins. Couple by couple, the youngsters bound along the length and breadth of the space, energetically carving the air.

Palestinian media mum on Egypt protests
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
by Nasser Laham - February 1, 2011 - 1:00am

Silence prevailed, from the Palestinian Authority, the government in Gaza, the factions and the people; all kept a safe distance from the Egyptian hot potato for fear that coming out on the wrong side would impact their future.

ISRAEL: Is the U.S. attitude to Egypt a message?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
(Blog) January 31, 2011 - 1:00am

The U.S. position on Egypt has taken Israel by surprise and left people wondering what the Americans are doing and what this means for other allies in the region, including Israel.

For Palestinians, Egyptian Unrest Is Bittersweet
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by David Miller - January 31, 2011 - 1:00am

Ordinary people cheer on protestors, but Hamas and Fatah are both hesitant to take sides Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank expressed both hope and anxiety as unrest went into its seventh day in Egypt, a country that has acted as a lifeline to besieged Gaza and a patron to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank but also as the object of anger and resentment.

EGYPT AND ISRAEL: Israel approves first Egyptian military deployment in Sinai since 1979
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Batsheva Sobelman - (Blog) January 31, 2011 - 1:00am

Responding to a request from Egypt, Israel has approved the deployment of Egyptian troops in Sinai amid civil unrest in Egypt. According to news reports, two battalions -- about 800 soldiers -- are headed for the resort of Sharm el Sheik. This is a first since the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries, which limits the security presence in Sinai to police forces.

Israel Denies Sending Egypt Riot Equipment
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
January 31, 2011 - 1:00am

Israel has denied an Al Jazeera report that Egypt had requested Israel to send riot-dispersal gear and that two airplanes had landed in Cairo with the equipment. Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Monday denied both that Egypt had made the request and that Israel had sent the equipment. Some 250,000 protesters gathered Monday in Tahrir Square in Cairo as Egypt entered its seventh day of protests against the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

Israel's human rights abuses in the name of security
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Janan Abdu - January 31, 2011 - 1:00am

"Israeli security" is the sacred cow of the Israeli street and ruling establishment. Practically all the manifestations of Israeli racism directed at the state's Palestinian citizens, as well as those living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, fall within this elastic slogan. In the name of this slogan, too, Israeli human rights organisations working to expose the practices of the state and army have recently had restrictions placed upon them.

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