ATFP Welcomes Gaza Ceasefire Announcement
Press Release - August 26, 2014 - 12:00am

ATFP Welcomes Gaza Ceasefire Announcement

Al-Omari calls for leveraging Gaza war toward ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In - July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

ATFP Executive Director Ghaith Al-Omari spoke today with Carl Wolfson host of Carl in the Morning at in Oregon about the need to leverage the ongoing war in Gaza toward reaching a long-lasting end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bibi's First War
Media Mention of Hussein Ibish In Foreign Affairs - July 16, 2014 - 12:00am

Experts Outline Challenges, Propose Solutions for Gaza at ATFP-UNRWA Briefing
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In - May 19, 2014 - 12:00am

A group of prominent experts identified a number of key challenges facing the Gaza Strip and its Palestinian residents, and ways to address them, at a briefing jointly hosted by the American Task Force on Palestine (

Israel blames Hamas for keeping shut Gaza crossing
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
March 4, 2013 - 1:00am

An Israeli military spokesman says the militant Islamic group Hamas has pressured a Palestinian contractor into keeping closed the Gaza side of the only cargo crossing with Israel. Maj. Guy Inbar says the crossing was set to open on Monday but the Palestinian operator of the crossing said he wouldn't come to work. Inbar says Hamas wants control of the crossing, operated by its rival, the secular Palestinian Authority that governs the West Bank. There was no comment from Hamas.

Palestinians Still Feel The Squeeze Of The Restrictions On Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from National Public Radio (NPR)
by Larry Abramson - March 4, 2013 - 1:00am

The streets of Gaza are busy, but they are also crumbling. Since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel has maintained tight limits on shipments of anything that could be used for military purposes. That includes basic building materials that could be used for bunkers and rocket launching sites. Ask businessman Ali Abdel Aal what's the toughest thing for him to find, and he'll tell you "cement and gravel."

Egypt-Gaza tunnels must be destroyed, Cairo court rules
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
February 27, 2013 - 1:00am

A Cairo court ruled on Tuesday that the government must destroy all tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, removing a route for smuggled weapons and other goods. President Mohammed Morsi’s national security adviser Essam Haddad has said Egypt will not tolerate the two-way flow of smuggled arms through the tunnels that is destabilizing the Sinai Peninsula.

Fatah irate at reported indirect Israel-Hamas talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Fatah officials expressed outrage on Wednesday over reports that Hamas and Israel are conducting indirect talks in Cairo. According to the reports, Israeli and Hamas officials who arrived in Cairo recently have been holding indirect talks about consolidating the current cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, which has been in effect since Operation Pillar of Defense ended in November.

Tunnel Vision
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Issandr El Amrani - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

The Egyptian military’s recent flooding of tunnels at the border between Egypt and Gaza is its most aggressive attempt yet to restrict smuggling since Israel imposed a blockade on the Palestinian territory in 2005. Sewage water is reportedly being used to weaken the tunnels’ structure, sometimes trapping smugglers inside.

Morsi playing Israel’s, US’ game on Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Michael Jansen - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

It is becoming increasingly clear that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is colluding with Israel and the US to shut down the smuggling tunnels that link Gaza to Egypt and account for more than 30 per cent of the goods consumed in the besieged and blockaded coastal strip.

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