Israel Scores Rare Victory in Media, Diplomatic War
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by David Rosenberg - July 10, 2011 - 12:00am

Pro-Palestinians activists fail in efforts to break Gaza blockade, reach Ben-Gurion Israel has scored a rare victory over the past several days in its media battle with pro-Palestinian activists, but experts said it was less the result of a savvy media strategy and more a function of a changing Middle East.

News Analysis: Palestinians awaiting eagerly outcomes of Quartet, AL meetings
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Emad Drimly, Osama Radi - July 11, 2011 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinians are eagerly waiting for the outcomes of two decisive meetings, the international Quartet meeting due to be held soon in Washington and the meeting of the Arab League Committee to follow up the Middle East peace process.

A new state of affairs as UN nears a vote on Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Charles Glass - (Opinion) July 11, 2011 - 12:00am

On Saturday, the world welcomed a new country into the community of nations. South Sudan has achieved independence from the northern half of the country, as Sudan itself did in 1956 when Egypt surrendered control of what had been known as Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. However, "independence" is not synonymous with "freedom", as the presence of the Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe at the independence celebrations in the capital, Juba, should remind South Sudan's eight million new citizens. The hard part is just beginning.

News Analysis: New U.S. ambassador to Israel to have limited role
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - July 11, 2011 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Sworn in as the new United States Ambassador to Israel on Friday, Dan Shapiro is expected, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put it, to help the Obama administration "write a new chapter in the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel."

US collusion in the Gaza blockade is an affront to human rights
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Cindy Corrie - (Opinion) July 8, 2011 - 12:00am

When Greek authorities prevented the US ship the Audacity of Hope leaving its port in Athens this week, they dealt a blow to a group of brave and principled Americans who were trying to carry thousands of letters from US citizens to those who wait on Gaza's shores.

Firebomb hurled at Palestinian news agency in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Ibrahim Barzak - July 10, 2011 - 12:00am

A Palestinian news agency said that a firebomb was hurled at its Gaza City newsroom, setting off a small fire Sunday morning. No one claimed responsibility for the fire at the Maan news agency, which damaged the front door of the office but did not spread beyond. Maan editor-in-chief Nasser Laham decried the firebombing as an assault on "freedom of the press in Palestine." The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate called it "an attempt to silence the free press" and urged authorities to investigate.

Vote set on Israeli settlement boycott bill
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Aron Heller - July 10, 2011 - 12:00am

Israeli backers of a bill that would punish people for boycotting West Bank settlements said Sunday they will push forward with the proposal, despite accusations that it's an undemocractic slap at freedom of speech. In recent years, settlement opponents in Israel have joined boycotts of products made in the settlements. The Palestinians and most of the international community say settlements are illegal because they are built on war-won land. The Palestinians want the West Bank for their future state. The local initiatives have angered settlers and their powerful political patrons.

Testimony ends in Israel case over killed American
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Associated Press - July 10, 2011 - 12:00am

An Israeli court heard its final witness Sunday in a trial surrounding the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003. Israel's commanding officer in Gaza at the time, Col. Pinhas Zuaretz, testified Sunday. Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist from Olympia, Washington, who was 23 at the time, was killed when she stood before the bulldozer on the Gaza-Egypt border. She and other activists believed the military was about to demolish nearby Palestinian homes.

West Bank escalation reminiscent of years before second intifada
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel - (Blog) July 10, 2011 - 12:00am

Recent events in the northern West Bank recall the sad picture at the start of the previous decade. The March murder of the Fogel family in Itamar, by two Palestinians, once again drove up tensions between settlers and nearby villagers. Particularly in the vicinity of Yitzhar, settlers are engaged in a violent struggle to restore the "balance of deterrence" through attacks on their neighbors. The result is an expansion of the defensive ring around each settlement; Palestinian farmers know they risk injury if they breach it, and that the security forces are unlikely to respond quickly.

Fayyad: PA committed to protecting homeland
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
July 11, 2011 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Prime Minister in Ramallah Salam Fayyad said Sunday the Palestinian Authority aimed to protect the Palestinian homeland from Israel's settlement project. Speaking at an event welcoming a Jordanian parliamentary delegation in Ramallah, Fayyad praised a Jordanian initiative to visit Palestine and learn more about life under occupation. Fayyad briefed the delegation on the PA's efforts to achieve statehood and thanked the visitors for their cooperation and coordination between Amman and the Palestinian government.

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