June 29th

Donald Macintyre: Nothing resonates like the mistreatment of minors
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Donald MacIntyre - (Opinion) June 27, 2012 - 12:00am

The charge that Israel violates international law in its treatment of Palestinian prisoners in general and child prisoners in particular is hardly new.

Women with disabilities face dual discrimination
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 29, 2012 - 12:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Women with disabilities face a dual discrimination in Palestinian society and their families and the government are failing to protect them, experts say. Legal researcher for the rights group Al-Haq Issam Abdeen and Zaid Amro, an adviser to the PA Ministry of Social Affairs, appeared on Ma'an TV's talk show "You" to discuss issues facing women with disabilities.

Bibi's Shell Game in the West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Jessica Montell - (Opinion) June 28, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — The United States isn't the only country where the highest court in the land is making its voice heard on the thorniest political issues. In Israel, the whole country has been gripped by the fate of five apartment buildings in the West Bank settlement of Beit El. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled last year that these buildings, which were built on privately owned Palestinian land without the owner's permission, must be removed by July 1.

Group: 25 prisoners start hunger strike in Israel jail
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 28, 2012 - 12:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two dozen prisoners in an Israeli detention facility in the occupied West Bank have launched a hunger strike against their living conditions, the Palestinian prisoners society said Thursday. The 25 detainees in the Etzion detention facility near Bethlehem started refusing food over two weeks ago, said Jaclyn Fararjeh, a lawyer for the prisoners rights group.

Hamas airs video confessions of Israel's informers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
June 29, 2012 - 12:00am

GAZA, June 28 (Xinhua) -- The Hamas interior ministry on Thursday aired recorded confessions for what it called veteran informers and collaborators of Israel in the Gaza Strip. The video, produced by the Hamas internal security, showed several agents with shadowed faces, who admitted help Israel acquire information that led to the death of senior leaders of the Islamic movement and other armed groups.

J14 V. The Occupation: Why Talking About The Occupation Will Only Prolong It
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Ami Kaufman - (Opinion) June 28, 2012 - 12:00am

When I was a teenager back in the 80’s, there was an ad on Israel’s only TV channel about road safety. It urged drivers to use their heads rather than simply rely on driving legally. The catchy slogan was “On the road, don’t be right—be smart!”

The creeping annexation of Judea and Samaria
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Jay Bushinsky - (Opinion) June 28, 2012 - 12:00am

One of the most effective ways for an expansionist state to annex territory conquered by its armed forces is to populate it with its own people. That is what Israel seems to be doing in the West Bank: Performing a demographic fait accompli in which the number of Jewish inhabitants eventually may equal or even outnumber the Palestinians there.

National service proposal riles Israeli Arabs
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
June 29, 2012 - 12:00am

NAZARETH, Israel — Israel's plan to overhaul its military draft has veered into turbulent new territory with the government's abrupt proposal to mobilize the country's Arab minority for civilian national service.

Want to forget the occupation? End it
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Mira Sucharov - (Opinion) June 29, 2012 - 12:00am

It’s easy to forget the occupation. It’s easy not to notice it, when grasping the tip of the iceberg means arranging to have Lior Amihai, one of the talented and committed staff members at Peace Now’s Settlement Watch, drive me through the northern West Bank in the organization’s white Hyundai, painstakingly explaining the criss-crossed landscape of state appropriation amidst the interminable status quo.

Illegal West Bank settlement outpost cleared
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
June 29, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — Israel has finished evacuating some 30 settler families from an illegal West Bank outpost, encountering little resistance, police and the military said Friday. The Ulpana outpost was evacuated in two phases, with the second set of families leaving Thursday night. Police say residents left peacefully, but 15 settlers from outside Ulpana barricaded themselves inside one apartment to protest the eviction. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said officers broke down two doors to remove the resisters and arrested six people.

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