Arabs Deserve a Party of the Citizen
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Huffington Post
by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) January 19, 2012 - 1:00am

As the Arab uprisings enter their second year, a new political movement based on the concept and values of citizenship is needed. A lacuna now exists on the Arab political scene. The Arab uprisings shattered the old order but have yet to coalesce into a clear model for the future. A movement of citizens, expressed in organized political parties with clearly articulated programs, would tap into the patriotic and ecumenical grassroots protest movements and ensure that a historic opportunity for progress is not squandered.

In Gaza, Mabhouh's grieving family still in search of answers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Hugh Naylor - January 19, 2012 - 1:00am

GAZA CITY // Two years after his brother Mahmoud, a Hamas arms-broker, was assassinated in Dubai by suspected Mossad agents, Fayek Al Mabhouh still wants answers. He scours the internet for any news about progress in the efforts to bring Mahmoud's killers to justice.

College Leaders Balance Israel and Speech
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Naomi Zeveloff - January 17, 2012 - 1:00am

As the debate about Israel rages on college campuses across America, there is one figure for whom the conversation takes on strikingly personal dimensions: the Jewish college president. About 20 Jewish men and women hold the highest positions at universities across the country, including campuses that have become hotbeds of political activism on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For these individuals, the role of president entails a constant balancing act between encouraging free speech on campus and honoring their personal, often supportive, views of Israel.

JINSA Leadership in Flux After Ouster
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Nathan Guttman - January 18, 2012 - 1:00am

Washington — Torn by internal strife, a leading conservative Jewish organization known for its hawkish views is struggling to find its footing after firing a key staffer and losing prominent members of its advisory board.

Netanyahu denies saying Israel’s biggest enemies are N.Y. Times, Haaretz
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
January 19, 2012 - 1:00am

(JTA) – The Israeli Prime Minister's Office denied that Benjamin Netanyahu told the editor of The Jerusalem Post that Israel’s two greatest enemies are The New York Times and Haaretz. On Wednesday, the editor, Steve Linde, addressing a conference in Tel Aviv of the Women's International Zionist Organization, said that Netanyahu made the remark to him about the newspapers at a private meeting "a couple of weeks ago" at the prime minister’s office in Tel Aviv. The Prime Minister's Office told JTA on Thursday morning that Netanyahu "did not make the remarks attributed to him."

UN: Gaza blockade – collective punishment
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Yitzhak Benhorin - January 18, 2012 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON - The United Nations' submitted its annual report on the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories on Wednesday, painting a grim picture that includes food insecurity, isolation, violence and failing health and education services – all courtesy of the Israeli "occupation." The report, which was presented during a Security Council session upon the Palestinians' request, asserted that the number of civilian casualties rose by more than 30% in Gaza and the West Bank compared to 2010.

UN Security Council to meet on Jewish settlements next week
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
January 19, 2012 - 1:00am

RAMALLAH, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council will hold an open session next week to discuss Israeli settlement activities in occupied Palestinian territories, a Palestinian envoy said Thursday. The council's member states will present their stances regarding the settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Riad Mansour, Palestinian UN observer, told Voice of Palestine Radio.

Egypt Brothers mix pragmatism, ideology on Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Maggie Michael - January 18, 2012 - 1:00am

CAIRO — The Muslim Brotherhood is trying to maneuver its way between its fierce anti-Israel ideology and the realities of governing as it ascends to leadership in Egypt for the first time in its history and faces the key question of how to deal with the country's peace treaty with the Jewish state.

Israeli forces demolish illegal settler outpost
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
January 19, 2012 - 1:00am

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli military forces evicted settlers from an outpost early Thursday leading to clashes between residents and the army, Israeli media reported. Hundreds of security force personnel arrived at the Mitzpeh Yeriho settlement east of Jerusalem early Thursday, Haaretz quoted army radio reports as saying. Six houses were demolished and three Israeli police officers wounded as violent clashes broke out, the Israeli daily said. Last week, Israeli forces dismantled the illegal settler outpost of Mitzpe Avichai, near Hebron.

Gaza Strip activist leaves hospital after stabbing attack
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Rushdi Abu Alouf - January 18, 2012 - 1:00am

REPORTING FROM GAZA CITY -- Palestinian human rights activist Mahmoud abu Rahma left a Gaza Strip hospital Wednesday after being stabbed last week by unknown assailants apparently motivated by his outspoken criticism of Palestinian militants. [Updated 11:19 a.m. Jan. 18: Recuperating at his family home, Rahma said the attack would not silence him. "This will not stop me from performing my duty as an activist in human rights and to continue writing articles," he said in a telephone interview.]

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