July 7th

Israel Targets Hamas' West Bank Activities
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Press International (UPI)
July 7, 2008 - 4:32pm

Israeli military forces say they are shutting down Hamas-affiliated institutions in the West Bank, including schools, health centers and charities. Israeli officials say Hamas, the more militant of the two main Palestinian Arab factions, is spreading its control from Gaza to the West Bank, where popular support for it over the more moderate Fatah faction is enabling Hamas to take over not just Islamic institutions but civilian infrastructure as well, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Monday.

Palestinian Residents Defy Curfew
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
July 7, 2008 - 4:30pm

Shots sounded from a Palestinian town on Sunday as local people marched in defiance of a daylight curfew imposed by Israeli troops who have sealed off Ni’lin, in the occupied West Bank, since Friday. One resident said up to 50 people were hurt by tear gas and rubber bullets. The Israeli army said a soldier was wounded and declined to comment on any casualties among civilians on a third day of clashes and a clampdown that has kept journalists out.

Israel Right Demands Wall To Keep Palestinians Out Of Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times
by Sheera Frenkel - July 7, 2008 - 4:23pm

Israel’s vision of Jerusalem as its “indivisible capital” came under attack yesterday as leaders reacted to Wednesday’s carnage by calling for a wall across the city’s ethnic divide. The Government says that the barrier between itself and Palestinian communities in the West Bank has thwarted many terrorist attacks. However, two recent acts of terrorism perpetuated by Arabs living in east Jerusalem has left some asking whether Israel should abandon the dream of a united Jerusalem and isolate itself further from Arab communities.

Israel To Destroy Attacker's Home
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bbc News
July 7, 2008 - 4:19pm

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has ordered the army to prepare to demolish the home of the Palestinian who killed three Israelis in Jerusalem. The order follows advice by Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz that the proposed demolition could create legal difficulties, but would not be illegal. An Israeli rights group has said such a move would be collective punishment. B'tselem says it has written to Mr Mazuz demanding that he prevent the attacker's home from being demolished.

Gaza Ceasefire Breaking Down As Violations By Hamas And Israel Continue
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times
by Sheera Frenkel - July 7, 2008 - 4:16pm

The ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was on its last legs yesterday, according to Egyptian officials who spent months mediating the complex accord. Hamas said that it was suspending negotiations with Israel over a prisoner swap deal, citing Israeli violations of a declared truce in Gaza. “There is no way for those talks to begin before the obligations of calm are implemented \,” Sami Abu Zuhri, the Hamas spokesman, said.

Deadly Attacks Further Divide East And West Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Ashraf Khalil - July 7, 2008 - 4:08pm

The residents of East and West Jerusalem have lived side by side, if not together, for 40 years, ever since Israel seized the Arab side of the city from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East War. The union has rarely been a happy one. But recent incidents have residents on both sides viewing each other with renewed suspicion and anxiety.

Does The Conflict Between Palestinians, Israelis Still Matter?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Baltimore Sun
by Shibley Telhami - (Opinion) July 7, 2008 - 4:05pm

That's the question University of Maryland scholar and Brookings Institution fellow Shibley Telhami set out to answer through an analysis of Arab public opinion surveys he conducted in six countries with Zogby International. The countries were Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. How important is the issue of Palestine in your priorities? Eighty-six percent of non-Palestinians rated it the most important or within their top three priorities, compared with 73 percent in 2006.

July 3rd

Arab Artists Boycott Jordan Festival Over Jewish Producer's Reported Involvement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Smadar Peri - July 3, 2008 - 4:27pm

Most of the artists who were invited to perform in Jordan at one of the major festivals in the Arab world decided to pull out of the event, following a report saying the head of the company producing it is Jewish, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.

Soothing The Savage Breast
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Sanford F. Kuvin - July 3, 2008 - 4:25pm

Can music be an instrument for peace? That's what the Sounding Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival hopes for, as it offers some of the season's best free live classical music in the city. The festival brings together 75 top European, Israeli and Arab musicians for over 20 concerts to mixed audiences in a wide variety of venues – churches in the Old City, historic sites in West Jerusalem and Palestinian villages.

All Eyes On Ofra
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Week
by Joshua Mitnick - July 3, 2008 - 4:23pm

The piles of rubble stand like a bitter monument on a distant hilltop that looks down on the entrance of this Jewish settlement. It is the remains of the Amona outpost’s nine permanent houses, whose demolition by the government two years ago sparked clashes with Israeli security forces that left 300 injured and seared into Israeli memory the trauma of uprooting West Bank settlers.

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