March 30th

New Signs of Hamas headway into Post-Mubarak Egypt
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by David Miller - March 29, 2011 - 12:00am

A visiting Hamas leader to Cairo brought a conciliatory message amid signs ties between Egypt and the Islamist movement were beginning to thaw in the post-Mubarak era. "Hamas has not and will not tamper with Egypt's national security," Mahmoud Al-Zahar told reporters in Cairo Monday, referring to Egyptian accusations of Hamas involvement in the bombing of an Alexandria church on New Year's Eve. Hamas was cautious to comment about the Egyptian uprising that began on January 25, but was emboldened by the revolution's success to oust its arch-rival, President Husni Mubarak on February 11.

Palestinians commemorate Land Day
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
March 30, 2011 - 12:00am

Five hundred students were chased and beaten by government security forces during a Land Day protest in Gaza City on Wednesday, an organizer affiliated with the March 15 coalition told Ma'an. Officers were said to have dispersed the gathered young people, who were calling for unity and a return to the Palestinian national project in Tayaran (Aviation) Street in the center of the city. Activist Ihsan Abu Sharkh said the forces chased and beat demonstrators, spraying what appeared to be pepper spray at their eyes, and injuring at least one young man.

Gingrich: U.S. run by “anti-Jewish” elite
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
March 28, 2011 - 12:00am

The United States under President Obama is "dominated by a secular, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish elite," Newt Gingrich said. Gingrich, the onetime speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a likely presidential candidate for 2012, spoke on March 25 at a meeting in Iowa of the American Family Association, Politico reported.

Make peace between peoples
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The San Francisco Chronicle
by Danny Ayalon - (Opinion) March 30, 2011 - 12:00am

The recent events in the Middle East have been momentous and encouraging. No one who craves a better future for our region can be unimpressed by the resilience shown by those seeking an improved and enlightened future for its people. However, as many instill hope for progress in the Middle East, there are those who are trying to seize the revolutions to further establish their grip on parts of our region. We saw this with the Iranian revolution of 1979, when the short-lived democracy was hijacked by the Islamist theocracy that has brutalized and repressed its people ever since.

Neither Hamas nor Israel seem to want new war
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times
March 30, 2011 - 12:00am

After 10 days of strikes and counter-strikes, a sense of calm appeared to have returned to the tense Israeli-Gaza border over the weekend, despite an air strike on Sunday that killed two members of Islamic Jihad's military wing. Gaza's armed groups have agreed to observe a period of calm if Israel reciprocates, but a rocket fell in Israel late on Tuesday, prompting another air strike overnight which killed a third Islamic Jihad militant and threatened to see a return of the tit-for-tat violence.

Do Israel's recent efforts to bolster security undermine its democracy?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - March 29, 2011 - 12:00am

A flurry of votes in Israel’s parliament on controversial legislation affecting the country’s Arab minority is reigniting a debate about whether the right-leaning majority is trampling democratic norms in an effort to bolster the security of the Jewish state. The parliament, known as the Knesset, on Monday night passed into law an amendment to the country’s citizenship law to allow the state to strip the citizenship of anyone convicted of espionage, terrorism, or "disloyalty" to the state.

Why Palestinians Should Learn About the Holocaust
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Mohammed Dajani Daoudi, Robert Satloff - (Opinion) March 29, 2011 - 12:00am

Should Palestinian and other Arab schools teach their students about the Holocaust?

Israel: Facebook Removes a Page Calling for Violence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jennifer Preston - March 29, 2011 - 12:00am

After complaints by Israeli officials and American Jewish groups, Facebook took down a page Tuesday by Palestinian supporters that called for violence against Jews and an uprising against Israel. The page, titled “Third Palestinian Intifada,” began this month as a call for peaceful protests in the occupied Palestinian territories, one of more than a dozen Facebook pages used recently to mobilize uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa. The unidentified advocates who managed the page initially removed comments that promoted violence, according to Facebook officials.

March 29th

The Palestinians: Why Is Abbas Running After Hamas?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Hudson New York
by Khaled Abu Toameh - (Opinion) March 29, 2011 - 12:00am

Instead of searching for ways to revive the peace process with Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been busy seeking permission from Hamas to visit the Gaza Strip. However those who think that Hamas would one day agree to cede control over the Gaza Strip are living in an illusion. It would be better for Abbas if he invested his energies in reviving the peace process instead of courting Hamas.

How can Israel change Muslim extremists' attitude toward Israel?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Opinion) March 29, 2011 - 12:00am

Two weeks ago, after the link Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made between the murder in Itamar and Palestinian incitement publications, I reported about a study analyzing the weekly Torah-portion pamphlets distributed in their thousands in Israeli synagogues. The researchers found that the brochures, many of which receive funding from the Education Ministry, use scripture to incite against the Palestinians. The Jews are depicted as the sons of light, while the Muslims are the sons of darkness, murderers, evildoers and bloodthirsty.

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