June 26th

West Bank's route 60 a 'road of death' for Palestinian children
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Phoebe Greenwood - June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

Manar Juwali's five-year-old daughter Miri is lying in a drug-induced coma after suffering burns to 75% of her body. The 32-year-old Palestinian woman holds her pregnant belly as she talks about the accident. Four months on, it is still difficult for her – and for all the parents whose children were killed or injured in the inferno on the West Bank's route 60 – to identify who is to blame.

Israel Stands to Lose Big In New Global Order
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Calcalist
by Uri Pasovsky - (Interview) June 23, 2012 - 12:00am

The world is currently in an interim period, in the midst of a deep change in the global balance of power, and Israel is one of the big losers from this process, argues Ian Bremmer, one of the world's most prominent experts on international relations. "For the first time in seven decades, we are living in a world without global leadership," Bremmer says, describing the situation in the world today as typified by the approach of "every nation for itself."

Author: Israel can claim the title of the most racist state in the developed world
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Revital Hovel - June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

Israeli culture is no less toxic than fanatic Islam, and the country's discriminatory attitude toward Mizrahi Jews and Arabs qualifies it for the title of "most racist state," prominent Israeli author Sami Michael said on Monday. "Israel can claim the title of most racist state in the developed world," Michael, who heads the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, said at the opening of an international conference of the Association for Israel Studies at Haifa University.

Back to school: Ben-Gurion for beginners
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Tom Segev - (Opinion) June 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar has decided that during the next academic year, schools will concentrate on the leadership of David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin. This week it was reported that principals of Arab schools and several Arab intellectuals are upset about the decision, claiming that it's designed to impose the Zionist narrative on Arab students. But if the teachers know how to deal with the subject matter, Sa'ar could well come to regret his initiative.

Fatah leader in Gaza resigns over new appointments
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 23, 2012 - 12:00am

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A top Fatah leader and several other officials in the Gaza Strip submitted their resignations on Friday following the appointment of new officials within the party, Fatah sources said. Yazid al-Huweihi tendered his resignation because he objected to changes within the Fatah movement in Gaza, sources said.

Hamas 'could get world recognition' after Mursi win
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The victory of Muhammad Mursi in the Egyptian presidential elections could enable Hamas to secure international recognition, an official in the party said Monday. The election of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, the historic parent movement of Gaza-rulers Hamas, in neighboring Egypt was received with jubilation in the Gaza Strip. Ahmad Yousef, widely regarded as a Hamas moderate, told Ma'an the Mursi presidency could help end the West's isolation of the movement, as well as ending Israel's blockade on the coastal enclave.

Election of Islamist as Egyptian president raises concerns in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Joel Greenberg - June 25, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — The election of an Islamist as president of Egypt has heightened concerns in Israel about the future of relations between the two countries — ties that have been increasingly tested since the overthrow of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Settlements threaten American Jews' connection with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Eric Yoffie - (Opinion) June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

I spoke a few weeks ago with someone who works with American Jewish organizations in planning programs for their meetings and conventions. “Israel is out,” he told me. The demand for speakers about Israel or from Israel has dropped dramatically over the last decade. American Jews are simply interested in other things.

Abbas: negotiations only way for peace with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday said that peace with Israel can happen only through negotiations. "We still insist on holding the International peace conference in Russia," Abbas said during a joint press conference with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin in the holy city of Bethlehem.

Israel not top priority for new Egyptian president
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - (Analysis) June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

A new era in the Israeli- Egyptian relations has started as the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohamed Morsi was declared the winner of Egypt's presidential election. While Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak, toppled in February 2011, was a secularist and military man, Morsi is a member of the Islamist Brotherhood, which maintains close ties with Hamas, the ruler of the Gaza Strip, a haven of anti-Israel militants.

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