Dividing the West Bank, and Deepening a Rift
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - December 1, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM — High up in an empty, mountainous expanse east of this city there is a stone patio with a pair of green metal benches and a plaque marking the cornerstone of a future Jewish community. Dedicated in 2009, the plaque promises the new city will be built “adjacent to the united Jerusalem, which will be quickly re-established.”


Likud: The Party of Annexation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Elisheva Goldberg - (Opinion) November 27, 2012 - 12:00am


Leaders of the organized American Jewish community often claim that across the political spectrum, Israelis have embraced the two-state solution. But as the gates of the Likud primary polls swung shut late last night, the doors to a one-state solution swung open. 


West Bank mosque damaged by fire; locals blame settlers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
November 19, 2012 - 12:00am


RAMALLAH, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Vandals set fire to the entrance of a West Bank mosque on Monday, damaging the door, in an attack that villagers blamed on Jewish settlers.


Jerusalem to evacuate 120 Bedouins for building waste landfill
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 13, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Jerusalem municipality initially approved a plan to evacuate 120 Bedouins from their east Jerusalem village in order to build a waste landfill. The landfill is set to be stretched over a valley between the city and the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim over 120 acres. The objectors charge the real aim of the plan is to create a continual territorial land stretch between east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements.


East Jerusalem streets get names, easing confusion
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Tia Goldenberg - October 31, 2012 - 11:00pm


JERUSALEM —When he drives around east Jerusalem, taxi driver Samer al-Risheq doesn't use GPS and tucks away his maps. In many parts on this side of the city, those tools are useless: The streets have no names. It's a sign of overall neglect. Now Jerusalem's municipality is trying to at least solve the part that involves signs.


Israeli group: 2 new outposts established in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 30, 2012 - 11:00pm


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two illegal settler outposts have been recently established in the West Bank, representing the first such developments since 2005, Peace Now announced Wednesday. Foundations for Nahalei Tal, north of Ramallah, and Tzofim North, in Qalqiliya, have been built over the last few months and the outposts now contain mobile homes, electricity, water, roads and infrastructure, the Israeli peace group said.


Israel to build '180 housing units' in East Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 30, 2012 - 11:00pm


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities plan to build 180 new housings units in East Jerusalem, an Israeli peace group said Monday. Israel's Land Administration made the announcement last week, saying that the new units will be built for the families of Israeli security forces, Peace Now said. The area slated for construction is located between the Palestinian neighborhoods of Sur Baher and Um Lison, on land confiscated by Israel in 1970, Peace Now said.


Israeli ministry markets hundreds of housing units in controversial area
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
October 22, 2012 - 11:00pm


JERUSALEM, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli housing and construction ministry announced Monday the marketing of 5,000 new housing units nationwide, nearly 700 of which are located in a controversial area beyond the 1967 borders, local news outlets reported. The announcement comes just several days after the European Union (EU) denounced Israel for building in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.


Palestinian caught trying to smuggle bombs into Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
October 22, 2012 - 11:00pm


JERUSALEM, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Israeli border police at a busy checkpoint between Palestinian-held areas and Jerusalem on Tuesday detained a Palestinian man found trying to smuggle pipe bombs into the city.


Israeli PM defers cabinet decision on report legalizing settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
October 21, 2012 - 11:00pm


JERUSALEM, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday postponed a cabinet vote on a controversial report advocating legalizing the status of settlements and outposts in the West Bank.



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