June 26th

Israel arrests 3 for attack on Holocaust memorial
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

Israeli police have arrested three ultra-Orthodox Jewish suspects in connection with hate graffiti sprayed at the national Holocaust memorial and two Israeli army memorials. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the suspects admitted to vandalizing the sites. The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial complex was sprayed earlier this month in 12 different places with slogans such as "Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust." One was signed "world ultra-Orthodox Jewry."

The perils of alienation over Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Ghaith Al-Omari - (Opinion) June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

Critics of the American Task Force on Palestine get one thing right: Palestinian Americans have largely failed to make their voices heard in the mainstream American political and foreign-policy conversation. However, this is the fault of self-styled “pro-Palestinian” advocates who operate in a cult-like echo-chamber and advocate an approach that does considerable harm to the Palestinian cause.

Putin visits West Bank, tours key Christian shrine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Mohammed Daraghmeh - June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his Palestinian counterpart Tuesday for what he said was a "responsible" position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state. Putin also offered veiled criticism of Israel, saying unilateral actions — an apparent reference to continued Israeli settlement expansion on war-won land — is not constructive.

Settlers Begin Evacuation of a West Bank Outpost
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

BEIT EL, West Bank — The moving trucks arrived here on Tuesday morning while the men were in the middle of morning prayers, their heads covered by prayer shawls, and so began the first peaceful evacuation of a Jewish settlement from the occupied territories in memory.

June 25th

Blocked prospects
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from NOW Lebanon
by Hazem Saghiyeh - (Opinion) June 25, 2012 - 12:00am

The Nahr al-Bared ordeal epitomizes the ordeal befalling Lebanon as a whole, including with regard to the Palestinian issue. The Nahr al-Bared camp, which is still witnessing the same long-term misery and marginalization added to destruction that was not followed by the promised reconstruction, summarizes the situation of the Palestinian “community” in Lebanon. However, it also epitomizes the inability of the sectarian regime, which is extremely attached to “balances,” to take any useful step in dealing with the Nahr al-Bared ordeal (and others as well).

Palestinian disinheritance sponsored by Oslo
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Opinion) June 25, 2012 - 12:00am

It's a shame the police don't show the same determination treating the settlers who invade private Palestinian land as they do evicting the temporary settlers on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard. It's a shame the social justice activists ignore the creeping eviction by the Israeli government in the occupied territories.

The Overshadowed Peace Process
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National Interest
by Aaron David Miller - (Opinion) June 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away, there once lived something called the Arab-Israeli peace process. It never lived an altogether happy life, but it did actually exist and breathe. In fact, it was capable of some spectacular highs (Egyptian-Israeli and Israeli-Jordanian peace treaties) and a great many lows. More failures than successes, to be sure, but there was—at least most of the time—a real sense of hope and possibility and a credible process worth pursuing.

The Real Cost of Israel's Settlers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Yedioth Ahronoth
by Yael Gvirtz - (Opinion) June 13, 2012 - 12:00am

The only difference between the hate crime perpetrated at Neve Shalom ("Oasis of Peace," a cooperative village jointly established by Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel as a model of coexistence) and others is that the target this time around was an Israeli village.

“Freezing” Palestine – not the Settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Hayat
by Walid Choucair - (Opinion) June 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Eighteen months into the Arab Spring, as expected, the Palestinian situation is being neglected in the Arab world and by the international community. All of the countries concerned with Palestine have been busy tending to their domestic situations, or the regional repercussions of Arab uprisings on other countries, which has allowed Israel to act unilaterally against the Palestinians.

Israeli army ‘game’ leaves one Palestinian dead
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Selim Saheb Ettaba - June 25, 2012 - 12:00am

As the Shawakha brothers rushed to protect their home from intruders, they had no clue they were unwitting participants in an Israeli army exercise that would leave one of them dead. “It was March 27, 1:30 in the morning,” recalls Akram Shawakha, 36, who was on watch duty on the top floor of the modest family home on a hill east of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Their house is on the outskirts of the wealthy village of Rammun, where most residents have emigrated to America.

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