Arab victim 'stabbed 10 times by haredim'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Hassan Shaalan - March 20, 2011 - 12:00am

Alber Halul, who was stabbed Saturday night by a group of masked men he claims are haredim, recounted the attack Sunday. "They threatened to shoot us if we resisted and stabbed me 10 times – in my head, my leg, and my neck," he told Ynet. Halul, a 22-year old Christian Arab from the Galilee town of Gush Halav, was assaulted while with a group of friends at Ein Zeitim forest, near Safed.

Military Intelligence monitoring foreign left-wing organizations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - March 21, 2011 - 12:00am

Military Intelligence is collecting information about left-wing organizations abroad that the army sees as aiming to delegitimize Israel, according to senior Israeli officials and Israel Defense Forces officers. The sources said MI's research division created a department several months ago that is dedicated to monitoring left-wing groups and will work closely with government ministries. In recent weeks, the head of the new unit has been taking part in discussions in the Prime Minister's Office about how to prepare for the possible arrival of a Gaza-bound flotilla in May.

J Street head in Israel to lobby Knesset over group's commitment to Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Natasha Mozgovaya - March 20, 2011 - 12:00am

The leftist pro-Israel lobby J Street launched a petition and letter writing campaign on Sunday calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to treat J Street and other pro-peace movements as allies. The Knesset committee is scheduled to debate this Wednesday whether J Street is sufficiently "committed" to Israel to be called a pro-Israel organization.

Netanyahu's public service announcement to Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Opinion) March 21, 2011 - 12:00am

In Tunisia, Egypt, the Gulf states and even Syria, citizens are prepared to give up their lives to sanctify democracy. The United States and Europe are working hand in hand to topple the ruler of Libya, Muammar Gadhafi, and to open the way to a democratic regime. While all this is happening, one small country in the Middle East is refusing to recognize the right of one small nation to choose its leaders.

Palestinians continue anti-division rallies in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Saud Abu Ramadan, Emad Drimly - March 20, 2011 - 12:00am

The popular peaceful rallies lead by youth movement against the internal Palestinian division continued on Sunday in the Gaza Strip which is ruled by Islamic Hamas movement. Thousands of students at the Gaza-based al-Azhar University organized at noon time a sit-in on campus. They chanted slogans that called for ending the internal division and succeeding the efforts to achieve the reconciliation, and called for escalating the popular activities. The demonstrators also held banners that read "the people want to end the division -- Fatah and Hamas hand in hand."

News Analysis: Latest Hamas Rocket attack on Israel a political statement: observers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - March 20, 2011 - 12:00am

Islamic Hamas movement claimed responsibility for the Saturday mortar attack into southern Israel, to which the latter retaliated with air strikes on what the army said were military targets. The Palestinian attacks came a few days after Palestinian National Authority President and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbas said that he would travel to Gaza for reconciliation talks with Hamas. Local analysts view the Palestinian mortar barrage as part of an internal political standoff ahead of Abbas' visit.

Palestinian worker stabbed in Jewish settlement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
March 21, 2011 - 12:00am

A veiled man, believed to be an Israeli, stabbed a Palestinian worker in a West Bank settlement near Hebron City Monday, Palestinian medics and security sources said. Israeli media also reported the incident, saying the Palestinian was stabbed in the chest several times. Palestinian doctors said the 25-year-old worker was moderately injured. Israel's Ynet news website said that the Palestinian man insisted on being taken to a Palestinian hospital. Israeli police deployed heavily near Havat Ma'on settlement and were investigating the incident, according to Ynet.

Hamas fires dozens of mortars at Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Ian Deitch - March 19, 2011 - 12:00am

Palestinian militants in Gaza fired more than 50 mortar shells into Israel on Saturday, the heaviest barrage in two years, Israeli officials said, raising the prospect of a new Mideast flareup. Also Saturday, Hamas police beat reporters and news photographers covering a rally in Gaza City, drawing a stiff condemnation from the reporters' association.

Israel holding missing Palestinian engineer
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
March 20, 2011 - 12:00am

Israel's internal security service confirms that a Palestinian who was allegedly abducted from Ukraine last month is being held by Israel. Dirar Abu Sisi was reportedly abducted from a Ukrainian train last month. He was a senior engineer at Gaza's power plant and was in Ukraine seeking citizenship. Israel's internal security service confirmed he is being held but refused to comment further. Smadar Ben-Natan, an Israeli lawyer representing Abu Sisi, said her client "is doing OK." Israel is banning details of his arrest from publication, she said.

Erekat: We will seek UN recognition soon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
March 21, 2011 - 12:00am

The United Nations will be asked to recognize a Palestinian state with full membership of the world body, a Palestinian official said on Sunday. The decision to go forward with the plan had been made by the Palestinian leadership and it is the "choice of president Mahmoud Abbas," resigned chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP. However, Erakat said no date had been set for the move, which would request the world body recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital, saying only that it would happen "as soon as possible."

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