Giving Them Something To Talk About
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avi Issacharoff - October 8, 2007 - 4:17pm

One by one, the Palestinian visitors entered the sukkah at the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's official residence last Wednesday. They entered cautiously and hesitantly, noting the decorative Israeli flags closing in on them from all sides. They promptly underwent an accelerated course in Judaism, as Olmert explained the four plant species used in the Sukkot rituals. The pictures, they knew, would certainly not improve their standing among the Palestinian public.

Some Dates Are Sacred
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Editorial) October 8, 2007 - 4:16pm

The Palestinians consider November to be unlucky, and justly so. Since the Balfour Declaration in November 1917, which recognized the establishment of a national home for the Jews in the Land of Israel, November bodes badly for them - in 30-year intervals.

Why, When And How The Us Challenges Israel’s Actions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Institute For Palestine Studies
by Nadia Hijab - October 8, 2007 - 4:13pm

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said bluntly during his recent meetings with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the credibility of the peace process could only be restored by, among other things, an immediate halt to Israeli settlement, an end to the closures that had ruined the Palestinian economy, and a timeframe to implement final status issues. [1] Abbas thus emphasized not only the need to address final status issues, but also to push for implementation.

Abbas Should Listen To His Refugees
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) October 8, 2007 - 4:10pm

Momentum seems to be picking up for the November meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, between the United States, Israel, and representatives of roughly half the Palestinians, to achieve a framework agreement for comprehensive peace negotiations, leading to permanent peace. In many ways we are back to 2000, when Israelis and Palestinians hurriedly huddled with Americans at Camp David to try and resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that is at the heart of Arab-Israeli tensions.

Exam Failure: The Price Gaza's Children Are Paying For International Blockade
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Donald Macintyre - October 8, 2007 - 4:08pm

Unfailingly polite, and spotless in their uniforms of blue and white striped smocks, the teenage pupils from the UN Relief and Works Agency Girls' Preparatory A school in Al Deraj were initially shy about talking about why they had wound up in a remedial class. "We can't concentrate," said Kholoud Shehada, 15. "We have other things on our minds." What exactly? Kholoud paused before saying hesitantly: "My father is unemployed."

Boost Here, Squeeze There
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Economist
by Hebron, Jenin And Nablus - October 8, 2007 - 2:54pm

THEY came for Omar Maswadeh at half-past midnight. They broke furniture at his home in the West Bank town of Hebron, blindfolded him, shoved him in a car. They kept him in solitary, hooded and with his hands tied, in the painful seated shabah position that Israeli courts have outlawed. Two days later they came for his brother Alaa and his cousin Yusri. After holding the young men for two to three weeks each, they charged them with membership in Hamas's “executive force”, a militia that the Islamist party created in Gaza but never actually managed to form in the West Bank.

Olmert Reassures Critics Ahead Of Us Peace Meet
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
October 8, 2007 - 2:50pm

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday sought to counter domestic criticism that he may be moving too quickly in talks with Palestinians ahead of a US-sponsored Middle East conference. Speaking before the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Olmert said that no agreements or deals had been reached in a series of one-on-one meetings with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas over the past months.

Condi's Keys
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New Republic
by Dennis Ross - October 8, 2007 - 1:54pm

Secretary of State Rice is planning to convene an international meeting in Annapolis sometime in November. While President Bush has spent little time during his tenure on Arab-Israeli peacemaking, he has embraced Secretary Rice's ambitious desire to use the Annapolis meeting to endorse a statement of principles on how to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dissenting At Your Own Risk
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Star-telegram
by Cecilie Surasky - (Opinion) October 8, 2007 - 1:51pm

Last year, I agreed to speak to a Jewish youth group about my organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, and our opposition to Israel's occupation. My talk was to follow one from a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which calls itself "America's pro-Israel Lobby." A week before, a shaken program leader said the AIPAC staffer had threatened to get the entire youth program's funding canceled if I was allowed in the door. The threat worked, and in disgust, they canceled the whole talk.

Hate Week Comes To Campus
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Counterpunch
by Aaron Hess - October 8, 2007 - 1:47pm

If you wanted to know what Sen. Joe McCarthy would sound like if he came back from the dead, read David Horowitz's explanation for "Islamofascism Awareness Week," an event he is sponsoring on college campuses across the country from October 22-26:

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