Abbas calls for protection of Jerusalem holy sites
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
August 21, 2012 - 11:00pm


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas stressed Tuesday the need to protect Jerusalem's Islamic and Christian holy sites, speaking on the anniversary of an attempted arson of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Abbas said the fire, which was set by an Australian in 1969, was "the first (attack) in a series that aimed to demolish the Al-Aqsa Mosque to make way to build the (third) temple."


Israeli minister wants Palestinian leader's ouster
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
August 21, 2012 - 11:00pm


JERUSALEM — Israel's foreign minister is urging the international community to help replace Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Avigdor Lieberman sent a letter to international Mideast peace mediators calling Abbas an "obstacle to peace." He wants them to push for Palestinian elections to choose a new leader. Lieberman heads a hard-line party and is known for heated rhetoric that sometimes embarrasses the government.


Palestinian leadership condemn Israeli FM call to oust Abbas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 21, 2012 - 11:00pm


RAMALLAH, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian leadership on Wednesday slammed Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's call for the removal of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.


Abbas urges donors to support Palestinian budget
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 7, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday urged donor countries to support the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)'s crippling budget deficit. "The PNA suffers a difficult financial situation," Abbas said at a meeting with Toni Blair, the former British prime minister who is now the envoy of the International Middle East peacemakers, known as the Quartet.


Interpol circulates image of Bulgaria bus bomber
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
August 1, 2012 - 11:00pm


Bulgaria has asked Interpol member countries to circulate a computer-generated image of a suicide bomber who killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver on the Black Sea coast two weeks ago, the police organisation said on Thursday. Experts in Bulgaria have constructed an image of the man, aged around 30 and with swept-back black hair and dark eyes, using remains of his body recovered from the bus wreckage.


An Intifada in Fatah's Future
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Ideas Daily
by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi - (Opinion) August 1, 2012 - 11:00pm


Could we soon begin to see the end of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a coherent Palestinian national movement? There is much evidence that appears to point in that direction. To begin with, it is apparent that there is a deep contradiction in the stance of Fatah and the PA. As Avi Issacharoff notes, they feel a need to glorify terrorists such as Dalal Mughrabi, who was one of the perpetrators of a massacre in 1978 that killed 37 Israelis.


Hamas slams municipal elections in West Bank only
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
July 25, 2012 - 11:00pm


Islamic Hamas Movement on Wednesday slammed the Palestinian decision to hold the municipal elections in the West Bank only.


PNA accomplishes rehabilitation of Gaza's sole power plant
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
July 25, 2012 - 11:00pm


The Palestinian authorities announced Wednesday it has completed the rehabilitation of the sole power plant in the Gaza Strip.


Ramallah violence 'unjustified,' inquiry concludes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
July 23, 2012 - 11:00pm


RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- A committee to probe violence against protesters in Ramallah last month has concluded that attacks on civilians, including journalists, were unjustified, an official said Tuesday. Wasel Abu Yousif told Ma'an that President Mahmoud Abbas has received the report from the committee, which was formed by Munib al-Musri and included Abu Yousif, a PLO leader, and Ahmad Harb of the Independent Commission for Human Rights.


PA, Hamas govt to meet in Cairo over Gaza electricity troubles
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
July 22, 2012 - 11:00pm


A top Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader said Sunday that a technical committee composed of officials from both the West Bank and Gaza Strip will meet in Cairo to discuss alleviating a fuel crisis in Gaza. Talal Abu Tharifeh said the committee would discuss solutions with Egyptian authorities with the aim of increasing the electricity from an Egyptian line into the besieged territory.



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