Gaza plight a crisis with a difference
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - June 13, 2010 - 12:00am

Don't ask Hatem Hajaj whether there's a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Four months ago, the unemployed salesclerk's son was born with a heart blockage. Doctors told Hajaj that the baby's only hope was transfer to a Jerusalem hospital because Gaza lacked a pediatric surgery unit. While his son, Mohamed, fought to breathe on a ventilator, Hajaj spent a week gathering the transfer documents needed under Israel's strict border rules. Then there was another agonizing week, watching as his son's tiny body began to bloat as he waited for an answer.

Turkey: No confidence in Turkel committee
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
June 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Turkey has "no confidence" that a commission of inquiry set up by Israel to probe the Israel Defense Forces raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla will conduct an impartial investigation, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday. The government plans to approve the members elected to the Turkel committee Monday morning.

Gaza, Through Fresh Eyes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - June 11, 2010 - 12:00am

For some, it’s the relative modernity — the jazzy cellphone stores and pricey restaurants. For others, it’s the endless beaches with children whooping it up. But for nearly everyone who visits Gaza, often with worry of danger and hostility, what’s surprising is the fact that daily life, while troubled, often has the staggering quality of the very ordinary.

Israel Backs Panel to Examine Raid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - June 13, 2010 - 12:00am

In an effort to dampen international criticism and stave off calls for an international inquiry, Israel’s cabinet unanimously approved a government-appointed commission with foreign participation to investigate the circumstances surrounding its deadly commando raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza in late May. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the move to set up an inquiry would demonstrate clearly “to the entire world that the state of Israel acts according to law, transparently and with full responsibility.”

ICRC says Israel's Gaza blockade breaks law
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
by Imogen Foulkes - June 14, 2010 - 12:00am

In a statement, the ICRC describes the situation in Gaza as dire, saying the only sustainable solution is a lifting of the blockade. It says Israel is punishing the whole civilian population of Gaza. It also urges Hamas movement to allow ICRC delegates to visit a detained Israel soldier Gilad Shalit. The ICRC, a traditionally neutral organisation, paints a bleak picture of conditions in Gaza: hospitals short of equipment, power cuts lasting hours each day, drinking water unfit for consumption.

Israeli arrested over Hamas assassination
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Donald MacIntyre - June 14, 2010 - 12:00am

An Israeli alleged to be a Mossad agent involved in the assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai and obtaining a German passport under a false name has been arrested in Poland. Germany is seeking the extradition of the man, said to be using the name Uri Brodsky, and believed to be the first Israeli arrested in connection with the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January.

Learning to live like neighbors
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Yaakov Katz - June 14, 2010 - 12:00am

On Tuesday, just after midnight, Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai’s cellphone rang. On the line was Brig.-Gen. Nitzan Alon, commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, who was calling to inform Mordechai , head of the Civil Administration in the West Bank, about intelligence that had just been received according to which an Israeli had been kidnapped in the Kalandiya refugee camp near Jerusalem. Mordechai immediately made a few phone calls to a number of top officials in the Palestinian Authority.

Who is afraid of a real inquiry?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Uri Avnery - (Opinion) June 14, 2010 - 12:00am

If a real commission of inquiry into the Israeli attack on the flotilla had been set, here are some of the questions it should have addressed: 1. What is the real aim of the Gaza Strip blockade? 2. If the aim is to prevent the flow of arms into the Strip, why are only 100 products allowed in (as compared to the more than 12,000 products in an average Israeli supermarket)? 3. Why is it forbidden to bring in chocolate, toys, writing material, many kinds of fruits and vegetables (and why cinnamon but not coriander)?

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