Palestinian Economy Is Teetering On Brink of Collapse, Study Finds
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Danny Rubenstein - (Analysis) October 29, 2012 - 11:00pm


Last Saturday [Oct. 13], I visited a folk festival in the [West Bank Palestinian] Christian village of Taybeh, east of Ramallah — not to be confused with the Arab city [of Tayibeh] within the Green Line. The village of Taybeh is known primarily thanks to the beer-producing Taybeh Brewery, which is marketing to Israel as well and is quite popular in some of the pubs in the country.


Qatar opens diplomatic office in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
October 29, 2012 - 11:00pm


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In a boost to Gaza's Hamas government, the Gulf state of Qatar said on Sunday it opened the first diplomatic office in the isolated territory since the Islamic military group took power five years ago.


King of Bahrain will not visit Gaza, foreign minister says
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by Asher Zeiger - (Analysis) October 28, 2012 - 11:00pm


 


Qatar’s Gaza gambit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Kenneth Bandler - (Opinion) October 28, 2012 - 11:00pm


Recep Tayyip Erdogan earnestly wanted to be the first head of state to visit Hamas-controlled Gaza. Turkey’s Islamist prime minister had hoped to add the stop to his Cairo visit in September 2011, when he also traveled to Tunisia and Libya to join new governments in celebrating the Islamist fruits of the Arab Spring. But he changed his mind just before leaving Turkey for his regional tour. “I will not visit Gaza, but I’m longing to visit Gaza as soon as possible,” said a disheartened Erdogan.


Qatar’s Emir Visits Gaza, Pledging $400 Million to Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - October 22, 2012 - 11:00pm


JERUSALEM — The emir of Qatar on Tuesday became the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since Hamas took full control of it in 2007, the latest step in an ambitious campaign by the tiny Persian Gulf nation to leverage its outsize pocketbook in support of Islamists across the region — and one that threatened to widen the rift between rival Palestinian factions.


Qatar visit breaks Gaza ice, delights Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Nidal Al-Mughrabi - October 22, 2012 - 11:00pm


GAZA, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The Emir of Qatar embraced the Hamas leadership of Gaza on Tuesday with an official visit that broke the isolation of the Palestinian Islamist movement, to the dismay of Israel and rival, Western-backed Palestinian leaders.


Qatari Emir's Gaza visit may boost Hamas rule to international open-up
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
(Analysis) October 22, 2012 - 11:00pm


GAZA, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The visit of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Ben Khalifa al Thani on Tuesday to the Gaza Strip is politically symbolic, as it was the first ever visit of an Arab leader since Hamas' violent takeover of the coastal enclave in June 2007.


Qatar's emir to head to Hamas-ruled Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Ibrahim Barzak - October 20, 2012 - 11:00pm


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The ruler of Qatar is expected in the Gaza Strip this week, in what would be a major stamp of legitimacy for the territory's Islamic militant Hamas rulers.


Gaza siege: A bomb waiting to explode
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by Patrick Seale - (Opinion) October 18, 2012 - 11:00pm


One of the most urgent tasks for the international community in 2013 must surely be to lift Israel’s cruel siege of Gaza, now entering its sixth year, and end the misguided boycott of its Hamas government.


Why I Refuse to Serve in the IDF
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Moriel Rothman - (Opinion) October 18, 2012 - 11:00pm


American Jews actively supported the civil rights movement. Or so goes the popular narrative in the American Jewish community. For the purposes of this piece, let’s call it “The Narrative.” The values that come along with The Narrative are values that have guided me throughout my life: values of nonviolence, values of anti-racism, and values of disobeying unjust laws.



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