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March 13th

No Prospects for Palestinian Currency
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Omar Shaban - (Opinion) March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

Reinstating the Palestine pound has long been a dream for Palestinians. Nevertheless, amid the Palestinians’ eagerness to consolidate their sovereignty and in view of the reality of the Palestinian economy that is controlled by Israel, not to mention the losses and challenges that could result from such a step, it seems that this Palestinian dream still has a long way to go before becoming a reality.

The apartheid libel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

Israel Apartheid Week kicked off this year in Europe on February 25 and runs through March 17 in South Africa. Events include mock checkpoints, replicas of the security barrier, the screening of documentary films critical of Israel and meetings with the “victims” of the “occupation.” Organizers are united by their belief that the situation in the West Bank is comparable to the systematic racial segregation and discrimination that South Africa’s white minority instituted against the black majority.

I'm an Arab too
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Aviad Kleinberg - March 13, 2013 - 12:00am

A racism allegation evokes a conditioned reflex among Israelis. We automatically reject it. We have been accused of politically-motivated racism so many times; we have been compared – foolishly or maliciously – to Nazi Germany so many times, that our natural inclination is to ignore not only the diagnosis but also the symptoms.

Palestinians seized at Cairo airport 'in possession of military maps'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
March 13, 2013 - 12:00am

Sources at Cairo International Airport said Wednesday that seven Palestinians were in custody after being found with maps of military buildings in Cairo. An Egyptian investigative source told Ma’an that the men were on their way back home after visiting Syria and Iran. The suspects have not been identified. The Egyptian source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, added that after investigations it was determined that the men had entered Egypt via tunnels and the stamps in their passports were fake.

Hamas urges collaborators to hand themselves in
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

The Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza has a list of collaborators who will be detained if they do not turn themselves in, a security official said Tuesday. "Collaborators must contact dignitaries to help them turn themselves over to security services," said Muhammad Lafi, of the Internal Security Service. Informers who give themselves up by April 11 will not be detained or sent to interrogation centers, Lafi told reporters in Gaza City.

Let's face it: Israel has a racism problem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ilene Prusher - March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

A schoolteacher was attacked on a Jerusalem street last week for no other reason than that she was wearing the headscarf of a religious Muslim woman. The pack of religious teenagers who accosted Wahad Abu-Zamira and her colleague Revital Valkov called the latter “a Jewish bitch who has Arab friends.”

Hamas threatens to issue own passports for Gaza people
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

Hamas accused Tuesday the rival Fatah movement of "depriving thousands of Gaza people of passports, " threatening to issue its own version of Palestinian travel documents. Ibrahim Salah, spokesperson of the Hamas interior ministry, accused the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in the West Bank, where President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party holds sway, of " depriving thousands of Gaza people of passports."

The silence after the lynch of Israel's Arabs
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Uri Misgav - (Opinion) March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

A young man from Tel Aviv who was injured in a road accident last week wrote on Facebook: “In the emergency room at Ichilov, on the bed next to mine, lay the waiter who was beaten by a mob because he is an Arab. He didn’t stop crying, and I wanted them to run me over again.”

Palestinians to High Court: Israel's West Bank land claim will cut Bethlehem off from south
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

The Israeli government is seeking a ruling from the High Court of Justice on Wednesday that would permit it to declare ownership of a large swath of land in the West Bank settlement of Efrat.

Why Middle East Peace Is So Elusive
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
by Mortimer B. Zuckerman - (Opinion) March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

This month President Obama makes his first visit to Israel since he became president. His first term did not begin auspiciously in this regard, with critical remarks on settlements that pre-empted negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Indeed, in the following four years, the prospects of peace have seen only a savage deterioration. In Israel, Obama has been regarded as the least friendly U.S. president ever, and in the region the United States is perceived as having lost both interest and clout.

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