July 1st

Turkish Aid From Flotilla Begins Arriving in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - July 1, 2010 - 12:00am

One month after Israeli commandos killed nine Turks in a raid on a flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade, the ships’ cargo of aid has begun to arrive here by land, starting Wednesday with 82 second-hand battery-powered scooters for the handicapped. In the same pipeline are hundreds more scooters, hospital beds, drugs, crutches and surgical tools, building materials, food and clothing, said Mahmoud Daher, a health officer for the World Health Organization here.

The Two Sides of a Barbed-Wire Fence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Nicholas D. Kristof - (Opinion) July 1, 2010 - 12:00am

The Israeli occupation of the West Bank is widely acknowledged to be unsustainable and costly to the country’s image. But one more blunt truth must be acknowledged: the occupation is morally repugnant.

Peace Demands Courage
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) July 1, 2010 - 12:00am

Too often Israeli-Palestinian relations are seen as a zero-sum conflict in which whatever is good for one party is bad for the other. In reality, both parties, for different reasons, need the same thing: a negotiated agreement that ends the occupation and the conflict once and for all. Palestinians cannot achieve their basic goal of independence and statehood without a negotiated agreement. Similarly, Israel cannot achieve peace, defined borders, regional acceptance and long-term security without a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians.

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