Qatar opens diplomatic office in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

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.

NGOs urge European states to cut trade with Israeli settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Analysis) October 30, 2012 - 12:00am


Obama reelection would be bad for Jerusalem, Rivlin says
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by Ilan Ben Zion - October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

A week before Americans head to the polls, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday said that US President Barack Obama’s reelection would bode ill for the State of Israel.

Palestinian Economy Is Teetering On Brink of Collapse, Study Finds
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Danny Rubenstein - (Analysis) October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

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’s Emir Visits Gaza, Pledging $400 Million to Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - October 23, 2012 - 12:00am

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 23, 2012 - 12:00am

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 23, 2012 - 12:00am

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.

Palestinian Authority Hotels Boast A 90% Room Occupancy Rate
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'ariv
by Gidi Lipkin - October 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Over 90% occupancy has been recorded in the Palestinian Authority hotels, and 95% of the guests are tourists. It has thus been reported by the Palestinian Hotel Association. In Bethlehem and its environs, for instance, 3,000 hotel rooms are available in 30 hotels — an increase of 1,000 rooms since September 2011. In 2013, 700 additional hotel rooms are expected to be built.

Qatar's emir to head to Hamas-ruled Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Ibrahim Barzak - October 21, 2012 - 12:00am

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.

Why I Refuse to Serve in the IDF
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Moriel Rothman - (Opinion) October 19, 2012 - 12:00am

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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