June 1st

Was Netanyahu right to rebuff Obama?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Avi Perry - (Opinion) June 1, 2011 - 12:00am

The humiliation of 1948 and the call to redeem lost honor is more exigent for the Palestinians than the call for a peace offensive. In this context, the PM had no choice but to dispel illusions in his speech to Congress. In his latest speech to the American Congress, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu claimed that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state.

On victory and arrogance
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Nahum Barnea - (Opinion) May 30, 2011 - 12:00am

The Congress press gallery is situated above the podium. One cannot see the speaker’s face, only his or her head. Yet the faces of the listeners, that is, members of Congress, can certainly be seen. Their enthusiasm over Netanyahu’s speech was genuine and sweeping.

Op-Ed: We must talk about the two Jerusalems
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Jill Jacobs - (Opinion) May 31, 2011 - 12:00am

NEW YORK (JTA) -- After my first visit to Israel, at age 6, I proudly toted my photo album to Hebrew school for show-and-tell. As the class crowded around a picture of the Kotel, my teacher marveled, “Look how blue the sky is!” I squinted at the picture: The sky didn’t look any bluer than the sky in Framingham, Mass., where I grew up. But I believed her. Of course, the Jerusalem sky would be bluer than anywhere else in the world.

The Israeli right's refusal to accept other versions of Zionism
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Carlo Strenger - (Opinion) May 31, 2011 - 12:00am

There is an old saying that when an orator hits a weak point, he generally tries to shout. Noise is always an attempt to cover up the weakness of one's position. Israel’s right-wing has lately been stepping up its attempts to cover up the fact that it has no vision for Israel's future - that all it has in store for its citizens is further isolation and misery.

A Proclaimed State of War
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Bilal Hassen - (Opinion) June 1, 2011 - 12:00am

If the popular marches towards the Palestinian border have brought the struggle against Israel to a new historical starting point, then Obama and Netanyahu's speeches in Washington, as well as before the American-Zionist AIPAC organization, have brought the entire region into an atmosphere of war.

Hamas prevents youths from holding conference in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
May 31, 2011 - 12:00am

The Hamas police arrested two people on Tuesday and prevented a group of youths from holding a conference sponsored by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) , witnesses said. The conference was aimed at supporting a national agreement that Egypt brokered between Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party. Dozens of policemen surrounded the hall where the conference was scheduled to be held, prevented people from entering, "beat several organizers and arrested two of them," said Ibrahim Al- Shatali, one of the organizers.

Fayyad says PNA's deficit nearly 1 bln USD
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
May 31, 2011 - 12:00am

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) needs nearly one billion U.S. dollars to cover shortage in its budget, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Tuesday. His remarks came as Germany pledged to pay 42 million euros (60 million dollars) in support of the PNA over the next year. Also on Tuesday, the PNA and the European Union (EU) signed an agreement to support educational, health and development projects in East Jerusalem. According to the agreement, the EU will pay six million euros (8.6 million dollars) to implement these programs.

Hamas opens memorial to dead flotilla activists
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
May 31, 2011 - 12:00am

The Islamic militant group Hamas has unveiled a memorial for nine activists killed last year in an Israeli raid on an international flotilla seeking to break a blockade of the Gaza Strip. The memorial at Gaza's harbor includes nine 12-yard-(meter)-high metal statues shaped as sails, and a new public park. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday the memorial commemorates "the heroes who drew the world's attention to the siege of Gaza."

East Jerusalem residents face police violence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 1, 2011 - 12:00am

An Israeli rights group on Tuesday called on Jerusalem's new police chief to "fundamentally change" what it said was his officers' violent treatment towards the city's Palestinian residents. In a report timed to coincide with the anniversary of Israel's 1967 occupation of east Jerusalem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said that over the past two years it had received a rising number of complaints and mounting evidence of abuses suffered by Palestinian residents. "Residents do not view the Jerusalem District Police as a body meant to serve and protect them," the report says.

Peace process and Arab Spring
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Christopher Hill - (Opinion) June 1, 2011 - 12:00am

President Barack Obama’s speech on the ongoing popular uprisings in the Middle East, followed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Washington, was intended to kick off a renewed effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Things are not turning out as planned.

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