PA dissolves ministries of information, sport
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
May 17, 2010 - 12:00am

Insisting the move was not part of the anticipated Ramallah-based government cabinet shuffle, officials said Sunday that the ministries of information and sport were replaced with "higher councils." Caretaker government spokesperson Ghassan Al-Khatib told Ma’an that the ministries of sport and information were dismantled during the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, and replaced with two higher councils for sport and information respectively.

Abbas spokesman: Negotiations likely to fail
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
May 17, 2010 - 12:00am

Indirect negotiations are not likely to create significant changes or advancements in the peace process, Fatah official and presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh said on Sunday. Blaming "Israeli stubbornness and insistence to continue building in settlements," Abu Rudaineh cast a pessimistic shadow over indirect negotiations scheduled to resume on Monday as US Middle East envoy George Mitchell returns to the region.

Why some in Israel say the Gaza blockade has failed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - May 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Both Hamas and Israel chalked up victories this week. In Damascus, the Islamic militants got a rare international embrace from Russia President Dmitry Medvedev. In Washington, the Jewish state got about $280 million for weapon system to intercept rockets from Gaza. Skip to next paragraph

Architect eyes tony Palestinian city with eco-mindset and fast Internet
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Ilene Prusher - May 14, 2010 - 12:00am

The state Palestinians dream of may not actually exist by next summer, as the Palestinian premier recently promised. But at the very least, a city upon a hill may have started to rise, with ground already being broken in the first planned Palestinian community – and the first new Palestinian city to be built in centuries.

Chomsky Barred From West Bank by Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Robert Mackey - May 16, 2010 - 12:00am

Noam Chomsky, an American linguist and political thinker who has been critical of Israel, was denied entry into the West Bank on Sunday by Israeli immigration officials when he tried to cross into the Palestinian territory from Jordan to deliver a lecture. Amira Hass of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported:

The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Review Of Books
by Peter Beinart - May 17, 2010 - 12:00am

In 2003, several prominent Jewish philanthropists hired Republican pollster Frank Luntz to explain why American Jewish college students were not more vigorously rebutting campus criticism of Israel. In response, he unwittingly produced the most damning indictment of the organized American Jewish community that I have ever seen.

Palestinians turn to boycott of Israel in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Janine Zacharia - May 17, 2010 - 12:00am

MAALEH ADUMIM, WEST BANK -- In Mishor Adumim, a bougainvillea-lined industrial zone inside this West Bank Jewish settlement, at least 17 businesses have closed since Palestinians began boycotting its products several months ago. For the Israelis, it's "an insufferable situation," according to Avi Elkayam, who represents the settlement's 300 factory owners. But for Palestinians, it might be the strategy they have been looking for.

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