Palestinians agree on electoral system for PLO's parliament
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
June 6, 2012 - 12:00am

GAZA, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Representatives of Palestinian factions agreed Tuesday on the electoral system of the National Council, the parliament of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The agreement opens the door for factions like Hamas and the Islamic jihad to join the PLO, which represents all Palestinians, including those in Diaspora, or exile. The factions reached the deal during two days of discussions in Amman, Jordan, a statement said.

The Netanyahu government and the Arab stereotype
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Carlo Strenger - (Blog) June 6, 2012 - 12:00am

It used to be an old Jewish habit to try to understand our surroundings. One reason was curiosity; the other was to figure out whether current events are good for the Jews or not – because this allowed Jews to survive under often very difficult circumstances. The first motivation is certainly laudable; the second reflects good old prudence.

Ministry: Fishermen detained off Gaza coast
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 6, 2012 - 12:00am

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested three fishermen off the coast of the Rafah beach near the Palestinian-Egyptian border, the local ministry of agriculture said Wednesday. The workers were on a fishing boat when Israeli navy forces detained them and took them to an unknown location, the fisheries directorate within the ministry said in a statement. The fishermen were identified as Mohammad Ali Sultan, Ismael Ali Sultan and Sami al-Naddi from Rafah.

Invest in Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Allison Good - (Opinion) June 5, 2012 - 12:00am

Israel's top brass made much ado about the peace process during the International Institute for Security Studies conference last week. “This is an opportunity to advance the peace process, an opportunity which may not repeat itself, in my opinion, in the next ten years,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said about his 94-member Knesset coalition. Netanyahu can invoke historic conditions all he wants, but the numbers are in, and a Palestinian state, if declared in the near future, would be economically unsustainable.

Israeli guards attack Palestinian prisoners: official
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
June 6, 2012 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Israeli prison guards attacked Palestinians held at Ramon prison in southern Israel Wednesday, leaving several detainees with bruises and difficulties in breathing, a Palestinian official said. Eissa Qaraqe', the Palestinian minister of prisoners affairs, said the Israeli forces broke into the fourth section of the prison, where 120 prisoners are held.

Israeli parliament rejects attempt to save outpost
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Josef Federman - June 6, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — Israel's parliament has rejected an attempt by hardline lawmakers to prevent the demolition of an illegal West Bank outpost. The vote could set the stage for a showdown between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and hardline Jewish settlers and their supporters in his government.

Amnesty tells Israel: End detentions without trial
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Ian Deitch - June 5, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — Amnesty International has appealed to Israel to end the practice of imprisoning Palestinians suspected of militant activity without trial, calling in a report issued Tuesday for the release of hundreds of detainees. The London-based rights group claimed that the prisoners are mistreated and that Israel is violating international law with its practice, known as "administrative detention," which Israel says is vital to prevent attacks.

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