August 8th

Commentary: Holocaust Ii?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Press International (UPI)
by Arnaud De Borchgrave - August 8, 2008 - 3:41pm

    WASHINGTON,  Aug. 6 (UPI) -- To bomb or not to bomb Iran is now a matter of time, according to the principal players, but none could agree this week on when the clock runs out. For Israel, it runs out before the U.S. elections on Nov. 4. After that Barack Obama may be the next president of the United States, and Israeli powers that be fear he may disassociate himself from any Israeli military action against Iran.

Fury After Israeli Officer In Charge Of Prisoner's Shooting Is 'reassigned'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Donald Macintyre - August 8, 2008 - 3:40pm

Outraged Israeli human rights organisations have united in challenging the military's decision to invoke only minor penalties against a senior officer over the shooting of a bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoner by a soldier under his command.

Civil War In Gaza Isn’t In Israel’s Interests
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
by Daniel Levy - August 8, 2008 - 3:39pm

When a bomb exploded in the Shaja’iyyah district of Gaza last month, killing four Hamas operatives and a 5-year-old girl, Hamas blamed Fatah, and moved violently against its remaining Gazan enclaves. Fatah forces then pursued retribution against Hamas in the West Bank. Another round of intra-Palestinian conflict and bloodletting ensued, with the leading pro-Fatah family in Gaza, the Hilles clan, fleeing to Israel in the hopes of making it to the West Bank.

Israel’s Court Demands New Route For Wall
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Times
by Mel Frkyberg - August 8, 2008 - 3:38pm

BIL'IN, West Bank | The Israeli High Court of Justice has given the state 45 days to submit a new route for part of the separation wall that cuts through this Palestinian village near Ramallah in the central West Bank. Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch and Justices Eliezer Rivlin and Ayala Procaccia also criticized the state's representative for ignoring a previous court ruling on the issue just over a year ago after the Bil'in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements took the state to court.

Israeli Officer In Prisoner Abuse Video Quits Post
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Times
by Steve Weizman - August 8, 2008 - 3:37pm

JERUSALEM (AP) - An officer filmed ordering a soldier to abuse a bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoner was indicted Thursday and has resigned his command of an army battalion but will continue to serve elsewhere, the Israeli military said. Lt.Col. Omri Borberg and the soldier were charged in a military court with "unworthy conduct," the military said in a statement.

Israel Soldiers Indicted Over Treatment Of Palestinian Protester
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Richard Bourdreaux - August 8, 2008 - 3:36pm

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli battalion commander and a staff sergeant caught on film allegedly abusing a handcuffed, blindfolded Palestinian detainee were indicted by a military court Thursday on the charge of "unworthy conduct." The July 7 incident, in which the sergeant fired a rubber-coated bullet at point-blank range, bruising the detainee's toe, embarrassed the army and focused renewed attention on its role in policing unruly demonstrations in the West Bank.

August 7th

Barak Orders Demolition Of Jerusalem Yeshiva Terrorist's Home
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
August 7, 2008 - 5:04pm

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday instructed the security establishment to take initial steps leading to the demolition of the home of the Palestinian terrorist who gunned down eight yeshiva students in Jerusalem in March. The house is situated in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. Alaa Abu Dhaim, the gunman, killed seven teenage boys and one 26-year-old, as well as wounding nine others, when he burst into the Mercaz Harav seminary in Jerusalem's Kiryat Moshe neighborhood and opened fire in the library.

Israel To Boycott Al-jazeera Again
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Roni Sofer - August 7, 2008 - 5:03pm

The Government Press Office in Jerusalem will not provide services to the al-Jazeera television network in the wake of a festive show organized in honor of terrorist Samir Kuntar upon his return to Lebanon. Kuntar was imprisoned in an Israeli jail for murdering three members of the Haran family and policeman Eliyahu Shahar. The show celebrating the convicted murderer's release  A included special guests and a band. According to the GPO announcement, the office manager of al-Jazeera  in Beirut,called Kuntar a hero.  

Gunmen Burn Down Gaza Beachfront Resort
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Deutsche Presse Agentur
August 7, 2008 - 5:00pm

Gaza - Unknown militants stormed a Gaza Strip beach resort early Wednesday and burned it down, after handcuffing three security guards, witnesses and security sources said. The militants left the Ebad al-Rahman resort after confiscating three computers, the sources added. The resort, which opened this summer, is located in the north-west of the salient, not far from the main headquarter of Hamas' internal security force.

Occupation Has Only Corrupted Israel's Democracy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Avraham B> Yehoshua - August 7, 2008 - 4:59pm

Police investigations, commissions of inquiry examining the errors committed during the Lebanon war of 2006, repugnance at former President Moshe Katsav's alleged sex crimes, and now Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's announcement that, with charges of corruption swirling about him, he will resign in September. All of this suggests profound wounds in Israel's moral tissue.

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