November 18th

Israelis and Palestinians find peace on the playground
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
November 17, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israeli and Palestinian youngsters are finding some common ground on a school playground. Basketball games, hosted in Jerusalem by Hand in Hand, one of the few Israeli public schools where Jews and Arabs study together, are giving youths aged 10 to 16 a chance to try to bridge a wide political and religious divide. "I'm not afraid but I'm tense," said Azeza Shiquart, 15, of the village of Jabal Mukaber, in the occupied West Bank on the edge of Arab East Jerusalem, preparing for her first basketball game against Jewish teenagers from west Jerusalem.

New IDF Gaza commander to take post
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Yaakov Katz - November 17, 2008 - 8:00pm

A changing of the guard at the helm of the IDF's Gaza Division is to take place Wednesday morning, despite the continued Hamas rocket attacks on Israel. Last week, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi postponed the ceremony, at which Brig.-Gen. Eyal Eizenberg is to replace Brig.-Gen. Moshe Tamir. That move was interpreted as a possible indicator that Israel was considering launching a wide-scale operation inside Gaza. "This is not the case," a senior IDF source said Tuesday. "Israel is working to keep the cease-fire alive and Hamas ultimately wants the same."

Israel Renews Blockade Of Gaza Crossings
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
November 17, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israel resealed border crossings with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, blaming continued rocket fire at its towns, despite warnings from world aid groups of looming shortages of food and fuel in the coastal territory. Israel had allowed 33 truckloads of supplies into Gaza for the first time in two weeks on Monday, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas he would not permit a humanitarian crisis to develop there.

IDF to move Gaza fugitives to Ramallah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Erfat Weiss - August 3, 2008 - 8:00pm

Most of the Fatah members who escaped from the Gaza Strip following clashes with Hamas will be transferred to the West Bank, the defense establishment decided Monday morning after two days of consultations. The incident began on Saturday, when members of the Fatah-affiliated Hilles clan surrendered to Hamas forces in Gaza. Many of the family members began moving towards the Nahal Oz crossing.

Palestinian shot by Border Guard in Naalin dies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - August 3, 2008 - 8:00pm

Ahmed Amira, an 18-year-old Palestinian who was critically injured in the West Bank village of Naalin about a week ago, died of his wounds at a Ramallah hospital Monday morning. Amira, who was shot by Border Guard forces during clashes in the village, had been in a state of brain death in the past few days. He was wounded a day after an 11-year-old boy was killed by an Israeli Border Guard policeman in Naalin.

PA dismisses 1,000 Hamas-affiliated officers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - August 3, 2008 - 8:00pm

The Palestinian Authority has dismissed some 1,000 police and security officers suspected of being affiliated with Hamas supporters or connected to the movement controlling Gaza, on the backdrop of fears that the recent clashes in the Strip would spread to the West Bank.

Palestinian teenager dies after being shot by Israeli forces
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
December 31, 1969 - 8:00pm

A Palestinian youth targeted by Israeli forces in clashes last week died on Monday, hospital officials said. Eighteen-year-old Yousef Amira was shot during a July 30 clash between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators that followed the funeral of a 10-year-old boy killed by Israeli forces a day earlier near the West Bank village of Nilin, Palestinian officials said. Amira was struck in the head by what Palestinian medical workers described as a rubber bullet.

Five Palestinians die in Egypt-Gaza border tunnel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
August 1, 2008 - 8:00pm

At least five Palestinians suffocated to death while digging a smuggling tunnel beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border, hospital workers said. Eleven others were also injured during the incident on Friday. Witnesses said the tunnel was being dug to smuggle goods from Egypt into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Many Gazans use tunnels to bypass an Israeli blockade that was tightened after Hamas fighters seized the coastal strip last year.

The politics of indecision in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Gwynne Dyer - August 3, 2008 - 8:00pm

I am proud to be a citizen of a country where the prime minister can be investigated like an ordinary citizen, said Ehud Olmert on July 30, announcing that he would resign as prime minister in September to defend himself against corruption allegations. He should be even prouder: Three of Israel’s last four prime ministers were under investigation for corruption when they left office.

Rights Group: Israel pressed Gaza sick to become informers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
August 3, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israeli security agents have been pressuring Gazans seeking medical treatment abroad to work as informers in violation of international law, an Israeli rights group said Monday. A report by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said that Palestinian patients have "become an accessible and important target for the GSS (General Security Services) for the purposes of recruiting and gathering information."

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