Rivlin: ‘Price tag’ is terrorism – but don’t blame settlers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Lahav Harkov - (Analysis) November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin planned to slam “price tag” vandalism, calling it “Jewish terrorism,” during a special Knesset session in memory of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on Wednesday. Rivlin released on Tuesday his speech for the upcoming memorial session, during which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish and opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) were scheduled to speak.

Is Jerusalem Online U. A Real College?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Forward
by Naomi Zeveloff - November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

This past summer, Rebecca Abramson found herself a credit short of completing the sophomore-year requirements for her international affairs major at George Washington University, in the nation’s capital. Having returned recently from Israel after participating in a Hasbara Fellowship, a program that trains students to be pro-Israel activists on campus, Abramson was eager to learn more about the country. So when a family friend told her about a chance to get college credit via a website offering classes on Israel and other topics, she jumped at the opportunity.

Despite UNESCO victory, Palestinian statehood push running aground
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

They may have scored a victory at UNESCO, but the Palestinians are running into new obstacles on their push for statehood recognition at the United Nations. The effort to pursue the issue at the U.N. Security Council has encountered a stumbling block in Bosnia, where the country’s Serbian co-president appears to have helped cost the Palestinians a crucial ninth vote. Meanwhile, U.N. officials are sending a strong message regarding any further efforts to get U.N. agencies to follow UNESCO’s lead in granting the Palestinians membership: Please stop.

Peace Now official's home vandalized with 'Price Tag'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

Vandals overnight Monday spray painted for the second time in two months a "price tag" message on the walls of Peace Now's Hagit Ofran's home, Army Radio reported. Ofran directs the Settlement Watch project for the organization, Army Radio reported. Among the messages left for Ofran were, "Hagit Ofran, z'l" and "Rabin is waiting for you." Tuesday evening marks the Jewish anniversary of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination at the hands of a right-wing extremist. Swastikas were also spray painted on the building.

This building will blow up in five minutes!
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Americans For Peace Now
by Ori Nir - (Opinion) November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

Last night, someone pushed the intercom button at the Jerusalem building that houses Peace Now's office. A neighbor was told: "This building will explode in five minutes." The frightened residents and a Peace Now staff member immediately evacuated the building. Outside they found "Price Tag" graffiti. "Price Tag" is what the extreme settlers call their campaign to intimidate and silence Israelis and Palestinians who support a two-state solution to the conflict. Peace Now's national activity coordinator Etai Mizrav told me today: "Hard as they may try, they will not silence us!"

Israeli police arrest settlers after razing outpost
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

Israeli settlers scuffled with police and soldiers on Monday after security forces razed an illegal West Bank outpost. Residents of Or Zion, north of Ramallah, protested the demolition of their homes, part of a government order to dismantle all outposts deemed illegal by a recent Israel High Court ruling. Police arrested 12 residents after they hurled stones at Civil Administration workers carrying out the demolitions. The plan, slated to conclude by March 2012 following a petition by the Israeli NGO Peace Now to the High Court, will destroy the homes of about 1,000 settlers.

AP Exclusive: Palestinians face steep court fees
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Diaa Hadid - November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

Dozens of Palestinians who lost relatives in an Israeli military offensive in Gaza three years ago have been forced to put their compensation claims on hold, saying Israel has placed near-impossible barriers to proceeding with their cases. Israeli restrictions prevent Gazans from entering Israel to testify, undergo medical exams or meet with their lawyers. But the biggest obstacle, the victims say, are steep court fees that can reach tens of thousands of dollars.

Why We Have Taken a Stand with the US Supreme Court
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Americans For Peace Now
by Debra DeLee - (Opinion) November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

An important case, Zivotofsky v. Clinton, is about to come before the U.S. Supreme Court. It relates to U.S. policy on Jerusalem, but isn't really about Jerusalem. Rather, it is about longstanding efforts by the U.S. Congress to wrest foreign policy-making authority away from the executive branch. How this case is decided will have far-reaching ramifications for America's policy, far beyond Jerusalem.

Sarkozy tells Obama: Netanyahu is a liar
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a private conversation with US President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes. "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation. "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, according to the French interpreter.

Israel plans 50,000 homes in East Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 8, 2011 - 1:00am

Israel's Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 new homes in the city's occupied eastern sector over two decades, Israeli media reported on Sunday. A study commissioned by Israel's Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat to address housing shortages in the city, obtained by Hebrew daily Maariv, shows designs for 60,718 housing units in the city, with the majority -- 52,363 homes -- planned for East Jerusalem.

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