Shalit-prisoners exchange: One year on
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
by Jon Donnison - October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

"In prison you miss all the wonderful details of life; the sun, the trees, the beach, the women," Muhammad Al Far tells me as he sinks back into a comfortable sofa at his house in Gaza City. It is exactly a year since Al Far was released as part of a deal which saw over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners freed in exchange for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

As Olive Harvest Begins Palestinians, Israelis Trade Accusations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Linda Gradstein - October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

[Aboud, West Bank] – Wearing a white hat with a flap to protect his neck from the hot sun, 57-year old Khalil Muallem, climbs on a stepladder and disappears into the green leafy branches of an olive tree. He carefully plucks the black fruit by hand, dropping them one by one into a bucket.

Israeli Arabs face inferior public transportation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ilene Prusher - October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Every morning, Nama Abu Ghosh takes a 15-minute walk from her home in the village that shares her last name and heads for a bus stop in Telz Stone, the adjacent haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community also known as Kiryat Ye’arim. Even though Abu Ghosh has almost twice as many residents as Telz Stone – 6,270 in the former versus 3,158 in the latter, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics – buses to the Arab village are much more infrequent.

Many disillusioned Arabs say voting is pointless
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ilene Prusher - October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

At the Khubez bakery and coffee shop in the village of Abu Ghosh, west of Jerusalem, men meet for coffee and conversation every morning. Faisal Abdul Rahman is in the minority, because he says he’ll vote in national elections this January. Most of the others, including Muhammad Ibrahim – who has worked with Abdul Rahman in construction in the past – say that voting is pointless.

Hamas vows to kidnap more Israeli soldiers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avi Issacharoff - October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Hamas vowed Thursday to abduct more Israeli soldiers and hold them as bargaining chips for militants in Israeli jails, on the anniversary of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. A Hamas spokesman said that "soldiers of the enemy can be a target anytime, they can be killed, wounded or held captive by militants."

Syrian rebels 'killed Palestinian leader'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 19, 2012 - 12:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Gunmen from the Free Syrian Army on Friday assassinated a Palestinian leader in Deraa refugee camp, the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command said. Free Syrian Army rebels shot dead PFLP-GC leader Adel Hasan in the southern Syrian city, PFLP-GC said in a statement. PFLP-GC added that Palestinians would continue to support the Syrian people and resist "terrorists" trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

Scholars say Jewish shift to GOP a long way off
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Rachel Zoll - October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

NEW YORK —Like Chicago Cubs fans in spring, Jewish Republicans start every presidential election season hoping this will be their year: American Jews, who have voted overwhelmingly Democratic for decades, will start a significant shift to the political right. But scholars who study Jewish voting patterns say not this year. Or anytime soon, for that matter. Although recent studies have found potential for some movement toward the GOP, analysts say any revolution in the U.S. Jewish vote is a long way off.

TV show 'Homeland' irks Lebanese, Israelis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Bassem Mroue - October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

BEIRUT —Militants carrying assault weapons clear the area around a street, shouting in Arabic for people to get out of the way. A jeep pulls up: The world's No. 1 jihadi has arrived for a meeting with top Hezbollah commanders. On rooftops, U.S. snipers crouch unseen, the kingpin in their crosshairs at last. The scene, from a recent episode of the hit U.S. Showtime series "Homeland," is supposed to be Beirut. But it is really in Israel, a country similar enough in some areas to stand in for Lebanon, yet a world away in most other respects.

Morsi’s office confirms warm letter to Peres is authentic
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

A spokesman for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi confirmed on Thursday that the president had sent a letter to Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres calling him a good friend. The letter, presented to Peres by incoming ambassador Atef Salem on Wednesday, sparked an outcry in Egypt for marking a new level of normalization, with one Muslim Brotherhood official calling it a “fabrication.”

More than 1,000 women running in Palestinian elections
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from CNN
by Samuel Burke, Claire Calzonetti - October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

This Saturday, Palestinians in the West Bank will hold elections for the first time in six years, voting for municipal leaders. It takes place against a backdrop of a deep sense of frustration with the split between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, the stalled economy, and the stalemate with Israel over final statehood. What's so unusual about this election is the number of women running.  Maysoun Qawasmi is leading the first all-female independent ticket, their slogan: 'by participating, we can'.

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