The Night that The Lights Went Out?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Linda Gradstein - August 13, 2012 - 11:00pm


The Palestinian Authority (PA) owes more than $170 million to the Israel Electric Company, and Israel is threatening to cut off the flow unless the debt is paid. Palestinian officials say that could cause widespread blackouts throughout the West Bank.


In Jerusalem the Past Is Alike, And Alive
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Inter Press Service (IPS)
by Pierre Klochendler - (Opinion) August 12, 2012 - 11:00pm


“This is King David’s palace!” proclaims the Israeli tour guide with much fanfare, ignoring the cautionary “King David’s Palace?” legend on the sign. Opportunely opening the Bible, he reads from 2 Samuel 6:16, “As the Ark of the Lord came to the City of David…” “Everything fits so well with the biblical descriptions!” marvels Amir Brightman, an Israeli security guard who escorts the tourists. “I feel so connected.”


UN agency, Jerusalem officials lock horns over trailers for homeless Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 8, 2012 - 11:00pm


Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has signed demolition papers for two trailers in east Jerusalem erected by the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Israeli media reported Thursday.


Renewal of Orient House closure 'an act of piracy'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
August 1, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday that Israel's decision to renew a closure of the former PLO office in Jerusalem was "an act of piracy." He wrote in a letter to foreign officials in Jerusalem that "such illegal Israeli measures are considered null and void by the international community." Erekat said Israel was violating international law and UN resolutions by continuing to close Palestinian institutions in east Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in 1967.


PNA outraged by Israel's remarks about Al-Aqsa Mosque
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
July 16, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinian National Authority ( PNA) was outraged Tuesday by Israel's attorney general's remarks that Muslim's Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem is integral to Israeli territory and thus under Israeli Law. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat protested the comment, saying it went against UN Security Council resolutions and the Palestinian-Israeli agreements. Erekat stressed that East Jerusalem with its holy places and archaeological sites are part of an occupied territory. "All the Israeli attempts to annex them are illegal and unrecognized."


Municipality ‘hiding’ house demolitions in e. J'lem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Melanie Lidman - July 12, 2012 - 11:00pm


The Jerusalem Municipality has manipulated the statistics of housing demolitions in east Jerusalem to make it look like fewer are taking place, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The policy of not including “self-demolitions” – where Arab families are threatened with staggering fines if they do not demolish their own houses – in the official count, has allowed Jerusalem to present a picture of a dramatic decrease in demolitions during Mayor Nir Barkat’s term.


East Jerusalem Suffers Economic Tailspin
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Ben Lynfield - (Analysis) July 7, 2012 - 11:00pm


Call it patriotism or doing something to express his Palestinian identity — Taisir Jubeh wanted to start a business in Jerusalem. So five months ago, after handing over the reins of his Ramallah bookshop to relatives, he opened a men’s casual wear store in the new Addar Shopping Mall, off Salah el-Din Street. The mall, opened earlier this year in downtown East Jerusalem by Muhammad Nuseibeh, a member of one of East Jerusalem’s most prominent families, had sparked hope that its 40 stores and offices would inject new life into the struggling area.


New IDF military college to move to east Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Melanie Lidman - July 1, 2012 - 11:00pm


The Interior Ministry on Monday gave its initial approval for a new military college in east Jerusalem, which will be on the Mount of Olives. The 42,000 square meter structure of the new National Defense College is planned for an open area between the Mount of Olives and Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus.


Israel freezes plan to move East Jerusalem Bedouin to site near garbage dump
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - June 28, 2012 - 11:00pm


The state has suspended a plan to forcibly relocate Bedouin from East Jerusalem to a site next to a city garbage dump. The state told the High Court of Justice two weeks ago it was putting off the plan until surveys were conducted to assess the environmental repercussions and hazards involved.


Israel court acquits Palestinian teens of East Jerusalem firebomb attack
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Oz Rosenberg - June 13, 2012 - 11:00pm


Five East Jerusalem teenagers were acquitted on Wednesday of throwing rocks and firebombs - but only after having spent a year and a quarter in jail or under house arrest.



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