Israel admits it revoked residency rights of a quarter million Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - June 12, 2012 - 12:00am

Israel stripped more than 100,000 residents of Gaza and some 140,000 residents of the West Bank of their residency rights during the 27 years between its conquest of the territories in 1967 and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994. As a result, close to 250,000 Palestinians who left the territories were barred from ever returning.

Israeli authorities 'demolish Jerusalem farm complex'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 12, 2012 - 12:00am

  Israeli authorities demolished a complex of sheep barns in an East Jerusalem neighborhood on Tuesday morning, a local rights group said. Bulldozers tore down the 700-square-meter steel buildings belonging to Aziz Jamil Jaabees in the al-Salaa neighborhood in Jabal al-Mukabbir, the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights said.

Vatican denies it will recognize East Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Philip Pullella - June 12, 2012 - 12:00am

The Vatican said on Tuesday that an economic agreement it is negotiating with Israel will not mean the de facto recognition of Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem. The Vatican was responding to reports in Palestinian media that the deal, which involves tax status and other financial issues concerning Church properties in the Holy Land, would result in a recognition of Israel's control of East Jerusalem.

EU 'concerned' over conviction of Palestinian
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Diaa Hadid - May 23, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — The European Union says it is "concerned" over Israel's conviction of a prominent Palestinian protest leader. An Israeli military court on Sunday convicted Bassem al-Tamimi, 45, of urging youths to throw rocks at security forces and of leading illegal demonstrations, based on the testimony of a 15-year-old. Al-Tamimi led protests in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh for years against Israeli policies. The protests often turn into clashes between rock-throwing youths and Israeli forces firing tear gas.

78 percent of Jerusalem Palestinians living in poverty
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
May 23, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A report released this week by an Israeli human rights organization reveals that 78 percent of Palestinians in Jerusalem live below the poverty line. According to the report by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, extreme poverty and high unemployment rates in East Jerusalem are a direct result of decades of Israeli policies which have stifled the economy in Palestinian areas.

Netanyahu: 'Fatal mistake' to concede sacred sites
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
May 22, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday it would be a "fatal mistake" ever to give up control over Jerusalem's holy sites. His remarks, in a parliamentary speech, went a little further than Israel's longtime policy of viewing Jerusalem, a city at the heart of Middle East conflict, as its "indivisible capital".

Jerusalem as the eternal capital
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ilan Bloch - (Opinion) May 21, 2012 - 12:00am

As we mark the 45th anniversary of the Israeli conquest of east Jerusalem on the third day of the Six Day War, it is timely that we explore the concept of Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

Ex-PM: Give up on trying to unify Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
May 20, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM -- Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert urged Israeli leaders Sunday to relinquish the idea of a unified Jerusalem if they truly want peace, contending in interviews that years of government neglect have kept the Jewish and Arab sectors irreparably divided.

The Palestinian taxi driver crucial to Jewish settlement in E. Jlem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Nir Hasson - May 11, 2012 - 12:00am

Mohammed Nabulsi's paper trail has been catching up with him, which is making it difficult for Jewish settlers and their state patrons to take over East Jerusalem homes. Starting in the 1970s, Nabulsi, an East Jerusalem taxi driver, provided settler organizations with affadavits claiming that Palestinian owners of East Jerusalem homes were "absentees" residing in enemy countries, which the state used over and over to expropriate the properties and turn them over to settler organizations.

Jerusalem: Ads warn parents – keep daughters away from Arabs
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ari Galahar - May 8, 2012 - 12:00am

Lehava, the extremist Jewish organization for the prevention of assimilation in the Holy Land, has come up with a new gimmick that is creating a stormy debate on the issue of mixed marriages between Jews and Arabs.

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