Bypassing Israel, French capital endorses unprecedented agreement with ‘East Jerusalem’
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by Elhanan Miller - October 4, 2012 - 12:00am

France’s most populous administrative zone, encompassing the capital Paris, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Palestinian district of Jerusalem, a move organizers say is designed to send a “political message” of solidarity with the Palestinians and their aspirations for a future capital in the city. The French region described the agreement as the “first of its kind.”

Following the dream of a Third Temple in Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shanty Littman - October 4, 2012 - 12:00am

"Thanks to you I had a tremendous insight,” Yehuda Glick roared at me as I entered the room where a meeting of the joint directorate of the Temple movements was taking place. “I went up to the Mount of Olives today,” he continued, “and I looked toward the Temple Mount. And what do I see? Two round domes, next to each other! And then it came to me: Those who want to build the Temple want to suckle from the source!

Israeli university political unit at risk over stance on settlers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Vita Bekker - October 3, 2012 - 12:00am

TEL AVIV // The political science department at one of Israel's largest universities has become the latest battleground between the country's anti-settler movement and those who want to advance Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israel's top higher education body, which is chaired by Gideon Saar, the right-wing education minister, and includes other pro-settler board members, will this month rule on possibly closing Ben-Gurion University's department of politics and government.

Our Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from International Herald Tribune
by Shmuel Rosner - (Blog) October 3, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — A week ago, just days before his U.N. speech, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met a small number of so-called American Jewish leaders. It wasn’t the first time he tried to talk with a group that supposedly holds sway with both American and Israeli audiences.

The lies about the settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shaul Arieli - (Opinion) October 3, 2012 - 12:00am

"More and more people are internalizing the fact that our presence here as emissaries of Israeli sovereignty is a fait accompli," declares Dani Dayan, head of the Yesha Council, the mainstream settler leadership, in a short promotional film summing up the past year.

Pro-settler vandals deface Jerusalem monastery
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
October 2, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Suspected hardline Israelis scrawled pro-settler graffiti and religious insults on a monastery outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, police said, in the latest of a series of attacks on non-Jewish sites. The vandals wrote the phrase "price tag" in Hebrew on the gate of the Monastery of Saint Francis on Mount Zion - a reference to a violent campaign supporting unauthorised settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Palestinian Jerusalem hospitals warn of financial crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
September 28, 2012 - 12:00am

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: A group of six medical facilities serving Palestinians in east Jerusalem warned Friday of an "unprecedented financial crisis" because of unpaid bills owed by the Palestinian Authority government. In a statement, the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network said they are owed more than 67.5 million shekels ($17 million, 13.3 million euros) for the treatment of Palestinians whose bills are supposed to be covered by the West Bank government.

Activists: Now, yes now, is the time for US to push for MidEast peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Christian Science Monitor
by Ariel Zirulnick - September 28, 2012 - 12:00am

Cambridge, Mass. A major Israeli-Palestinian activist group is bucking conventional wisdom by arguing that now is the right time to engage Americans in the moribund Middle East peace process. The presidential campaign season is traditionally a terrible time to make any progress on foreign policy, especially during elections focused on pocketbook issues.

Who are You? ID Cards and East Jerusalem’s Identity Crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Linda Gradstein - (Opinion) September 25, 2012 - 12:00am

In the United States, you need a passport to travel abroad, and a drivers’ license to cash a check. In Israel, you need an ID card just to cross the street.

‘Price tag’ tactics of West Bank Jewish settlers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
by Jane Corbin - September 16, 2012 - 12:00am

With their hoodies, covered faces and cans of spray paint, they may in some ways look like average teenage vandals out for a night of trouble.

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