U.S. Funding Rigorous Study of Palestinian and Israeli Textbook Incitement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Forward
by Naomi Zeveloff - June 27, 2011 - 12:00am

In an effort to settle one of the longest-running disputes in the Middle East peace process, American, Israeli and Palestinian researchers are conducting what purports to be the first scientific study of incitement in Palestinian and Israeli textbooks.

Palestinian Inmates Put Down Their Textbooks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by David Miller - June 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Weeks before Israeli Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu declared he was putting an end to college-level studies by Palestinian prisoners, the inmates had already stopped making notations in textbooks on Islamic history and studying for final examinations in international relations. But both the students and their teachers are angry and perplexed by the decisions.

Gaza flotilla organizer: We have no intention of attacking IDF soldiers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel, Barak Ravid - June 28, 2011 - 12:00am

The organizer of the Gaza-bound flotilla dismissed Tuesday Israeli allegations that extremists aboard the ships plan to harm Israeli soldiers who would be dispatched to stop them. Dror Feiler says the hundreds of people planning to sail soon in a bid to break Israel's naval blockade of the Palestinian territory have signed a declaration of nonviolence. Feiler told Army Radio on Tuesday that if Israel has information about specific suspects, it should pass it along to flotilla's organizers.

Israel preparing for September West Bank violence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Mark Lavie - June 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Israel's military is making intensive preparations for an outbreak violence in the West Bank over a U.N. vote in September on recognizing a Palestinian state, Israeli military officials said Monday. Palestinians, meanwhile, pushed ahead with their drive. Palestinian officials are fanning out around the world to raise support for their initiative. They hope to change the minds of U.S. leaders, who appear poised to veto a resolution in the U.N. Security Council to admit Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.

Flotilla activists seek "blood" -Israeli FM
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Ori Lewis - June 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday participants in an aid flotilla planning to challenge an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip were seeking "confrontation and blood". Pro-Palestinian activists have said around a dozen ships carrying aid to Gaza, territory controlled by Hamas Islamists, could depart from European ports in the coming days. A year ago, nine Turkish activists, including a dual U.S.-Turkish national, were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers who raided a Gaza-bound convoy in the eastern Mediterranean.

Sha'ath: PA optimistic about UN statehood bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 28, 2011 - 12:00am

The Palestinian leadership is to step up efforts to consolidate a UN statehood bid this September, Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Sha'ath told local media in Ramallah on Tuesday. Sha'ath, who is also commissioner for external relations in the Fatah movement, said that the Palestinian Authority has decided to set up a committee to manage all matters related to preparations for the September UN bid.

Hamas' Zahar says Fatah to blame for talks delay
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar has reportedly blamed Fatah for the delay in reconciliation talks, confirming reports that talks reached a dead end. "After we signed the agreement, Fatah on the ground worked against it," Al-Zahar told the Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustur on Tuesday. He added that Fatah were linking the whole reconciliation process to the position of prime minster, an approach which was damaging unity efforts.

Intense Israeli lobbying stalls Gaza flotilla
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Dan Murphy - June 28, 2011 - 12:00am

International activists from a dozen countries are trying to break Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, just a little over a year after a Gaza-bound aid flotilla ended in a fatal confrontation with Israeli naval commandos. The participants should have already set sail. But the US boat at least is being held up in Athens on what activists say are spurious charges amid a broader Israeli push to thwart a repeat of last year's events.

Israel Rescinds Its Warning to Gaza-Bound Journalists
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - June 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Israel on Monday set aside a warning it issued the previous day that foreign journalists aboard a flotilla planning to challenge its naval blockade of Gaza risked being barred from the country for up to a decade and having their equipment impounded.

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