Fired AIPAC staffer tells Haaretz: I had no choice but to sue for defamation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Natasha Mozgovaya - November 19, 2010 - 1:00am

A former AIPAC staffer who was dismissed for allegedly "mishandling classified information" told Haaretz on Wednesday that he had been left with no choice but to see the pro-Israel lobby for defamation. The U.S. Jewish community has been scandalized by the details of the increasingly dirty lawsuit, brought forth by Steve Rosen. Rosen was sacked by the America Israel Public Affairs Committee in 2005 after he and fellow staffer Keith Weissman were charged with "mishandling classified information" and passing sensitive information to Israeli diplomats and journalists.

Gaza militants fire Grad rocket, barrage of mortar shells at western Negev
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yanir Yagna - November 19, 2010 - 1:00am

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a long-range Grad rocket and seven mortar shells at western Negev on Friday, following a night-long barrage of Qassam rockets fired from the coastal enclave. Eshkol Regional Council was hit by 3 mortar shells Friday afternoon. Another 4 bombs hit Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. No injuries or damages were reported. Earlier on Friday Gaza militants fired a long-range Grad rocket into the western Negev.

Israeli airstrike kills 2 Palestinians in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 18, 2010 - 1:00am

Two Palestinians were killed and three others wounded in an Israeli airstrike on a local car Wednesday evening in central Gaza City, medical sources and witnesses said. An Israeli war jet targeted a white Subaru car in central Gaza City, said witnesses, adding that ambulances arrived at the scene and evacuated the casualties to Shifa Hospital in the city. Adham Abu Selmeyah, spokesman of medical services in the health ministry of the deposed Hamas government, told Xinhua that Islam Yassin and Mohamed Yassin, who were in the targeted car, were killed.

Israel condemns Web list of Gaza soldiers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Matti Friedman - November 19, 2010 - 1:00am

Israel's military on Friday condemned the publication of names and photographs of 200 Israeli soldiers on a website that called them "war criminals." Militants in Gaza, meanwhile, fired rockets at southern Israel, causing no casualties, but sparking retaliatory Israeli air strikes that wounded five. The website also published the home addresses and ID numbers of many of the Israelis. They included senior commanders and low-ranking soldiers who the site claimed participated in the three-week offensive Israel launched in Gaza in late 2008.

Israel, U.S. struggling to conclude settlement pact
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
November 19, 2010 - 1:00am

Talks between Israeli and U.S. officials aimed at reviving Middle East peace negotiations have hit snags over incentives promised by Washington to persuade Israel to resume a freeze of Jewish settlement building. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled the U.S. inducements to his cabinet last weekend and appeared hopeful the ministers would back plans for a temporary halt to building in the occupied West Bank to overcome a hurdle to the peace talks.

US bars Palestinian statehood moves in UN agencies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
November 19, 2010 - 1:00am

Away from the headlines, Palestinians have been trying to advance their statehood agenda in small but symbolic ways in United Nations agencies that fall off the radar for most people. But even on the outer reaches of the sprawling U.N. system, their efforts have been blocked by a United States resolved not to display the slightest tilt toward Palestinians as it tries to act as honest broker in their halting peace talks with Israel.

After foiled assassination plot, Nablus governor tours city
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 19, 2010 - 1:00am

Nablus Governor Jibrin Al-Bakri toured the city's markets and congratulated shoppers and merchants on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, days after PA forces said plot to assassinate him was foiled, and one day after Israel handed full PA security control over to the city's police. The mayor was accompanied by security forces as he made the tour, during which he reflected on the increased number of out-of-towners enjoying time in the city, and said he hoped it boded well for the next year. Al-Bakri thanked shopkeepers and his security team for keeping the atmosphere in the city calm.

Abbas aide: Palestine won't be pretext for weapons sale
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 19, 2010 - 1:00am

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told reporters on Friday that Palestinians would not be used as a pretext for supplying Israel with weapons. Commenting from the Jordanian capital, Abu Rudeina said the Palestinian position on the matter of the US-Israel deal for an extension to the settlement freeze was clear.

Despite Hamas-Fatah split, Gaza's sportsmen score a truce. Game on.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Daniel Estrin - November 19, 2010 - 1:00am

The schoolboys chasing after a soccer ball at Ittihad Al-Shajayia sports club here hardly seem to notice the concrete shell nearby – all that's left of what were the club's offices before Israeli planes bombed them. And not one boy stopped to admire the large mural that depicts Israel's target: masked militants kneeling next to a rocket launcher.

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