2 Palestinian Teens Held in Killing of Israeli Family
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - April 17, 2011 - 12:00am

Israeli officials announced on Sunday the arrest of two Palestinian teenagers from this village in the northern West Bank who they said were responsible for the killing of five members of the Fogel family in the neighboring Jewish settlement of Itamar last month. Israeli security officials said that the two suspects, ages 17 and 18, had confessed and carried out a reconstruction of the attack.

Gaza Killing of Italian Activist Deals a Blow to Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Fares Akram, Isabel Kershner - April 18, 2011 - 12:00am

For Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian pro-Palestinian activist who friends said fought peacefully for justice, the end was as violent as it was incongruous. Police officers from Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, found his body in a house in Gaza City that was empty of furniture, except for the mattress on which the body was lying, according to witnesses. The doctor who performed the autopsy said Mr. Arrigoni’s killers had used a plastic cord to strangle him.

WEST BANK: Palestinian Christians denied access to holy places in Jerusalem during Easter
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Maher Abukhater - (Blog) April 16, 2011 - 12:00am

As Christians get ready to celebrate Easter, Palestinian Christians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are envious of fellow Christians from all over the world who are able to visit Jerusalem’s holy Christian sites and worship freely while they cannot. Since Israel cut off East Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories in the early 1990s, Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been required to get Israeli army permission before they can enter Jerusalem.

Gaza police identify murder suspects
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
April 18, 2011 - 12:00am

Gaza police on Monday released the photos of four men identified as the prime suspects in the murder of Italian activist and journalist Vittorio Arrigoni. Police said the four were currently fugitives, and apparently in hiding. The four were identified as Abdul-Rahman Al-Breizat, Mahmoud Muhammad Nimir Salfiti, Muhammad Al-Breizat, and Bilal Al-Umari. Police did not say whether any of the men were affiliated with a political, religious or military group in the coastal enclave. Two men detained earlier were not directly involved in the murder, police said.

Palestinian support for attacks drops, poll finds
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
April 18, 2011 - 12:00am

Overall Palestinian support for suicide bombings against Israeli civilians, the firing of rockets into Israel has dropped since 2009, with a majority opposed to both, a poll showed on Sunday. The survey conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre found that support for Palestinian "military operations of any kind' against Israel fell from 53.3 percent in January 2009 to 37.1 percent in April of this year.

Beit Ummar residents say town under siege
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
April 18, 2011 - 12:00am

Israeli forces erected checkpoints around the town of Beit Ummar Sunday afternoon, and carried out several home invasions, delivering summons to appear for questioning to at least one resident, locals said. Town activist Mohammad Ayyad Awwad told Ma'an that the measures came as part of an increase in restrictions and harassment against residents, and following the construction of a fence along the southern side of the village, restricting movement of residents and caging them into the town center.

Palestinians mark Prisoner Day with protests, hunger strike
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Saud Abu Ramadan - April 17, 2011 - 12:00am

Hundreds of Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and the West Bank marked on Sunday the Palestinian Prisoner Day with demonstrations calling on Israel to release the prisoners, as thousands of prisoners in Israeli jails went on a one-day hunger strike. In Gaza City, hundreds of Palestinians, including mothers, children and wives of the prisoners in Israeli jails demonstrated in front of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), calling on Israel to release more than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in 12 Israeli jails.

Hamas leader wants Israeli soldier held until demands met
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
April 16, 2011 - 12:00am

The deposed premier of the Hamas government called on the Islamic movement to keep holding a soldier hostage unless Israel accepts Palestinian demands. In a speech in Gaza City, Ismail Haneya also called on the Palestinian people to support his movement to "achieve an honorable swap" in which a number of Palestinian and Arab prisoners will be released from Israeli jails. The Hamas kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit in a cross-border raid near the Gaza Strip in 2006. Germany and Egypt have mediated to broker a deal between the Hamas and Israel, but the gap between the two sides was wide.

Supporting Israel means questioning its policies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Edgar M. Bronfman - (Opinion) April 18, 2011 - 12:00am

Last month, I met with a man who impressed me as none other has over the last 10 years. His name is David Grossman, and he was in New York to receive the National Jewish Book Award for his magnificent novel "To the End of the Land." Grossman, whose talent is enormous, has been fighting for peace in his country for 30 years.

Netanyahu choice: Cabinet stability or Israel's interests
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amir Oren - (Opinion) April 18, 2011 - 12:00am

Who was chiefly responsible for the fact that Israel was surprised by the Egyptian and Syrian attacks on Yom Kippur in 1973? Many say that it was the Intelligence branch of the Israel Defense Forces - and in particular, the head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Eli Zeira. The chief of staff during that war, David Elazar, also pointed an accusatory finger upward, to then defense minister Moshe Dayan, while Dayan placed almost all the blame on the lower echelon, leaving it with Zeira. Dayan deflected a little of the excess criticism in the direction of the prime minister, Golda Meir.

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