July 26th

2 convicted collaborators executed in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The government in the Gaza Strip announced Tuesday that two residents accused of collaborating with the Israeli occupation have been executed. Gaza's Interior Ministry told Ma'an that execution orders were issued in 2004 and were postponed several times until the crimes of the accused could be thoroughly proven. The two prisoners were executed on Tuesday morning. They were not identified.

Former Israeli diplomats in Washington: 1967 borders are defensible
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Natasha Mozgovaya - July 25, 2011 - 12:00am

A group of former Israeli army officials and diplomats visited Washington Monday, claiming that a peace agreement with the Palestinians is urgent in spite of, and because of, regional turmoil, and that contrary to what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims, the 1967 borders are, in fact, defensible. The group visited the White House on Monday and met with the National Security Council Director for Middle East and North Africa Steven Simon, and were to have meetings later in the evening with acting Middle East envoy David Hale and officials at the Pentagon.

Christian Pro-Israel Group Stakes Claim on Right
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Forward
by Nathan Guttman - July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

Once a novelty, the shofar-blowing, hora-dancing Christian evangelicals are now an integral part of the pro-Israel advocacy scene. At its 5,000-strong national conference in Washington, Christians United for Israel, the large Christian-Zionist movement, made clear it is stepping up its activity on the two issues that now top the pro-Israel agenda: fighting efforts to delegitimize Israel, and working on college campuses to counter anti-Israel activity.

Right-wing Israelis find little sympathy for Norway after tragedy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Vita Bekker - July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

A few Israelis who shared their feelings on websites are expressing anything but sympathy for the killing of at least 76 mostly young people in Norway. Postings on Hebrew websites suggest Friday's attacks have reawakened hostility among some Israelis towards what they view as Norway's pro-Palestinian approach to the peace process. Such sentiments may have also been prompted by the fact that the confessed perpetrator in the attack appears to have espoused anti-Muslim sentiments and a pro-Zionist philosophy.

Arab League to hold urgent meeting on Palestinian financial crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Masry Al-Youm
July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

The Arab League will hold an urgent meeting Tuesday for its permanent representatives to discuss the financial crisis that the Palestinian Authority currently faces. The meeting will be held upon the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian diplomatic sources said. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will attend. State-run news agency MENA reported that Abbas contacted Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby and requested the meeting so that Arabs would be informed about Palestinian Authority's critical financial situation.

UN flotilla report delayed again
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A UN report into Israel's deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, which was to have been published later this week, has been delayed once again, an Israeli official said on Monday. "The secretary-general asked to delay the publication of the report," foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said, referring to the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon. But he refused to confirm reports suggesting Israel had requested the delay in a bid to have more time to mend its relations with Ankara, devastated since the flotilla raid in which Israeli forces killed nine Turks.

Debating an extremist Israeli settler
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from NOW Lebanon
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

Last week I had a fascinating debate with David Ha’ivri, an extremist Israeli settler—an event loosely connected to a conference of the pro-settler Christians United for Israel organization.

ISRAEL: Arabic radio station campaigns against killing of women
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Batsheva Sobelman - July 25, 2011 - 12:00am

A young woman turns up dead. Her husband is held for a few days, then released. Police have no other suspects. Murmurs of "family honor" are heard -- and the news races on, reluctant to deal with a painful issue: the killing of women in Arab society. Until now.

Left For Dead
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Tablet Magazine
by Liel Leibowitz - (Opinion) July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

Anyone following Israeli politics is likely, at some point, to come across the following brief history of the past decade: After the collapse of the 2000 Camp David talks—a catastrophe generated, depending on one’s worldview, either by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s inflexibility or by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s incompetence—the majority of Israelis drifted rightward, and the left, once a robust voting bloc, melted into thin air.

FEATURE-Six months on, Egypt's revolt disappoints Gazans
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
(Editorial) July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

They had hoped this Ramadan would be different. But many Palestinians who find themselves again penned into Gaza for the holiday are blaming Egypt, the neighbouring Arab power which, after toppling President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, had pledged to free up travel across the shared border. The dismay reflects the misgivings of many Egyptians about the prospects for reform under Cairo's caretaker military rulers, who appear beholden to U.S. largesse and in no rush to reverse Mubarak's unpopular Palestinian policies.

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