June 27th

Does Shin Bet exploit family to pressure detainees?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Elior Levy - June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

A group advocating for the rights of torture victims claimed on Tuesday that the Shin Bet continues to exploit suspects' family members to pressure detainees to confess.

Still no peace partner
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Zalman Shoval - (Opinion) June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

 As expected, another attempt to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations a few weeks ago came to naught. The Palestinians again refused to budge from their usual pre-conditions, i.e.

FM to MK El-Sana: Terrorist, I'll take care of you first
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ilana Curiel - June 27, 2012 - 12:00am

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman engaged on Wednesday in a shouting match with Knesset Member Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta'al) while visiting the Bedouin village of Al Zarnog in the Negev.

No hatred is pro-Jewish. No bigotry is pro-Israel. Case in point: Pamela Geller.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Bradley Burston - (Opinion) June 27, 2012 - 12:00am

From a marketing standpoint, it may be a smart idea for the Zionist Organization of America to promote bigotry. It makes for headlines. On the most primal, most limbic of planes, it makes for tribal heat and for useful rage and for exploitable fights, and, one supposes, for donations. It made a certain organizational sense, therefore, for the ZOA to sponsor a Los Angeles appearance this week by media personality and commentator Pamela Geller, one of America's most extraordinarily successful purveyors of unvarnished prejudice and unapologetic hatred.

Hamas commander found guilty of killing 46 Israelis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - June 27, 2012 - 12:00am

Senior Hamas military commander Ibrahim Hamed was found guilty on Wednesday by an Israeli military court for the deaths of 46 people in terrorist attacks during the Second Intifada. Hamed, 47, started as a Hamas operative in the 1980s. In 2001, he was released from a Palestinian Authority prison and masterminded a string of deadly attacks during the Second Intifada, including the Café Moment, Hebrew University, and Zion Square attacks in Jerusalem and the Rishon Letzion pool hall attack.

Poll: Barghouti would defeat Abbas and Haniyeh in vote for Palestinian president
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avi Issacharoff - June 27, 2012 - 12:00am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' popularity has dropped significantly in the last three months, while support for Hamas has risen, according to a new poll released on Wednesday. The poll circulated by Khalil Shikaki's Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found that if Abbas were to contend against Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for the Palestinian Presidency, he would win approximately 49 percent of the vote, while the latter would secure 44 percent.

Official: Egypt to allow more Gaza passengers through Rafah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 27, 2012 - 12:00am

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Egypt has agreed to increase the number of passengers passing through its Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip to 1,000 per day, the Palestinian crossings director said Wednesday. Maher Abu Sabha told Ma'an the terminal -- the only entry and exit point for travelers from Gaza -- currently has 500 registered passengers per day in July, but now has a quote for 500 more. Palestinians are required to register in advance with the Gaza Ministry of Interior before travel via Egypt.

Caterpillar pulled from social indexes over company’s use in Palestinian territories
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
June 27, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — A U.S. investment firm has removed Caterpillar Inc. from three of its popular indexes that track socially responsible investments, citing concerns about the Israeli military’s use of company bulldozers in the Palestinian territories.

Israel slams Iranian allegation of "Jews behind drug trade"
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
June 27, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday slammed remarks by a senior Iranian official alleging that Jews control international drug trade.

Questions For One-Staters
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

Supporters of the two-state solution are often told that this vision is unrealistic and has become unachievable. Young, idealistic seekers of justice and equality are increasingly offering what they claim is a more "realistic" solution: a single state for all Israelis and Palestinians, including refugees. Here are ten questions that might help these single-staters think through the feasibility of the project they have in mind:

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