December 26th

Israeli Occupation, Gaza Conflict Hold Back Tourism in Bethlehem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Dalia Hatuqa - December 20, 2012 - 1:00am

  With Christmas eve approaching, Palestinians are praying that tourists and pilgrims will make their way in large numbers to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.

As election nears, Likud revels in UN, U.S. censure of Israeli settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Verter - December 21, 2012 - 1:00am

  Members of Likud say mounting criticism from the international arena regarding what they call “building in Jerusalem” is good for the party. After authorization this week of construction in Ramat Shlomo, in the northern part of East Jerusalem, a senior Likud source called the condemnation “excellent − it is sheer profit for us.”

Official: Arab League chief to visit Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
December 21, 2012 - 1:00am

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi will visit Palestine on Dec. 29 to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Friday. Riyad al-Malki said al-Arabi would discuss the financial safety net pledged by the Arab League to the Palestinian Authority to ease the West Bank government's financial crisis.

In Israel, Labor Party chief's shift to the right causes dissent
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - December 21, 2012 - 1:00am


Palestinian refugees organize sit-in at UN offices in Lebanon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 21, 2012 - 1:00am

  A sit-in, near the UN Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) office in al-Baddawi refugee camp in northern Lebanon's port city of Tripoli, was held Thursday by the Palestinians refugees who fled the Yarmuk refugee camp in Syria's Damascus, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

Israeli Arab wrestles with grief, guilt in suicide bomb film
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
December 20, 2012 - 1:00am

  When Universal Studios took a disliking to the script for Ziad Doueiri's Israeli-Palestinian suicide bombing drama, the Lebanese director thought his career was over.

Israel complains to UN about rearming by Hezbollah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
December 20, 2012 - 1:00am

   Israel's U.N. envoy urged the Security Council on Thursday to condemn what he described as significant rearming by Hezbollah, saying the Lebanese militant group now possessed an arsenal of tens of thousands of missiles capable of hitting Israel.

Religion: Rabbis Oppose Israeli Plan in Disputed Area
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Laurie Goodstein - December 20, 2012 - 1:00am


AP Exclusive: Palestinians aim to isolate Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Mohammed Daraghmeh - December 20, 2012 - 1:00am


December 20th

PJ Dermer and Steven White on West Bank Security Situation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Israel Policy Forum
by David Halperin - (Interview) December 18, 2012 - 1:00am

  David Halperin: Thank you all for joining us for today's call, which is quite timely. We have with us today P.J. Dermer and Steve White, two individuals who have unique experience working on the ground, having represented the United States in coordinating the security activities between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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