August 30th

Israeli cop kills Palestinian over attempted carjack
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 30, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- An Israeli policeman shot dead a Palestinian on Thursday during an alleged carjack attempt in northern Tel Aviv. Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed the details of the event to Xinhua Thursday. "A police who passed by a crime scene saw two individuals trying to break into a vehicle," he said. "A chase followed, in which the suspect was shot and died. Israeli Internal Affairs has commenced an investigation".

Religious Israeli government party wary of war with Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Dan Williams - August 30, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Aug 30 (Reuters) - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish party in Israel's coalition government is wary of plans for possible military strikes on Iran, political sources said on Thursday. Reservations by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the top spiritual authority for the Shas party, could be an obstacle to any attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get security cabinet approval for hitting Iran's nuclear sites.

Israeli official: Government to round up Sudanese
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
August 30, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — A senior official says Israel will start rounding up thousands of unauthorized Sudanese migrants and put them in a detention center if they don't leave the country voluntarily. Interior Minister Eli Yishai says the detentions will begin in mid-October. Yishai told Army Radio on Thursday that once migrants can't work, "they will get sick of being here and will want to leave voluntarily."

French probe deepens confusion over Arafat death
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Josef Federman - August 29, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — A French murder probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat prompted an Israeli denial of responsibility on Wednesday and renewed doubts that Palestinians would stick to a halfhearted pledge to exhume Arafat's body. Arafat's death eight years ago in a French hospital has remained a long-running mystery for many, driven by murky but persistent conspiracy theories that he had cancer, AIDS or was poisoned.

Israel: Settlers’ Appeal Rejected
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
August 29, 2012 - 12:00am

Israel’s high court ruled Wednesday that the largest unauthorized outpost of Jewish settlers in the West Bank must be evacuated by Tuesday.

Palestinians backtrack on fresh bid for UN upgrade
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Middle East Online
by Nasser Abu Bakr - August 30, 2012 - 12:00am

Palestinian officials on Thursday appeared to backtrack on a pledge to make a fresh bid for upgraded UN membership on September 27. Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, said the date would be decided next week when Abbas meets the Arab League in Cairo. "The president will have Palestinian, Arab and international consultations to set a date for the UN bid to present the request for non-member state status for Palestine," he said.

August 29th

NEWS: A British eyewitness to the killing of Rachel Corrie contradicts the official Israeli account in a statement to the New York Times. Former commandos are coming to dominate Israel's politics. Egypt is reportedly negotiating with extremists in the Sinai Peninsula, as it simultaneously widens its campaign against them. FM Malki says Palestinians have put their renewed UN efforts on hold for now. A woman in Gaza is critically injured by Israeli forces. Two Palestinian cars are torched in the occupied West Bank. FM Lieberman invites Pres. Morsy to visit Israel. French authorities say they have opened a murder investigation into the death of the late Pres. Arafat, and a former senior Israeli official denies Israel was involved in any way in his death. PM Fayyad approves measures to counter the growing electricity crisis. A new report suggests that 40% of high school seniors in occupied East Jerusalem drop out. Fayyad will be making the case for statehood and introducing a new film about it at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. COMMENTARY: Anshel Pfeffer says the extreme right wing in Europe is now embroiled in a controversy over who to hate more: Muslims or Jews? Mordechai Twersky recalls a massacre of Jews in Hebron in 1929. Avi Issacharoff asks why, in the end, Hamas did not show up in Tehran during the NAM. The Jerusalem Post says the Rachel Corrie verdict should be a wake-up call for pro-Palestinian activists, but Hussein Ibish says it should be a wake-up call to Americans. The National says the verdict exposes the falsity of Israel's official narrative of Corrie's death. Natalia Simanovsky says the media missed the real importance of the visit to Auschwitz by an advisor to Pres. Abbas. David Horovitz outlines the bitter debate among Israeli insiders about the possibility of an attack against Iran.

Bulldozing the Special Relationship
In Print by Hussein Ibish - Foreign Policy (Opinion) - August 28, 2012 - 12:00am

Only the most naive observers would be surprised by the verdict from an Israeli court on the civil case brought by the parents of Rachel Corrie, the American activist killed in 2003 at the hands of the Israeli military. The court ruled this week that Israel was not responsible for the death of the 23-year-old student, referring to it as a "regrettable accident" that Corrie herself could have prevented by staying out of the area.

The most fateful decision of all
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by David Horovitz - (Analysis) August 28, 2012 - 12:00am

Hear that frantic whispering noise beneath the hum of the air-conditioners in this sweltering Israeli summer? That’s the sound of many Israeli insiders repeating over and over and over: Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.

Auschwitz and Palestinians: what the media missed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Natalia Simanovsky - (Opinion) August 29, 2012 - 12:00am

In late July, Ziad al-Bandak, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made an official visit to the Auschwitz Holocaust memorial to pay respect to the million-and-a-half victims of the camp, most of whom were Jewish.

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