Hamas leader sets date for debut visit to Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avi Issacharoff - November 25, 2012 - 1:00am


Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshal will visit the Gaza Strip for the first time on December 5, Palestinian officials said Sunday. Meshal's planned visit was announced a month ago, before a final date had been set. Meshal lives in exile in Damascus.


Gaza losses total 300 mln USD after Israeli airstrikes: report
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 24, 2012 - 1:00am


GAZA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Gaza Strip must be declared an economically-disastrous area, Palestinian Chamber of Commerce said Saturday. In a report assessing the damage following an eight-day Israeli air raids, the study said that the economic losses in Gaza reached 300 million U.S. dollars.


Hamas links truce to end of Gaza border blockade
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Karin Laub - November 18, 2012 - 1:00am


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza's Hamas rulers are aiming high in the conditions they place on stopping rocket fire into Israel in indirect cease-fire talks launched this weekend. Emboldened by Arab support and confident in their arsenal, the Islamists say calm can only come if Israel opens the gates of the tiny, closed-off territory.


Overwhelmed Palestinian doctors run out of life-saving medicines
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Jeremy Lawrence - November 18, 2012 - 1:00am


Health authorities in Gaza warned last night of a critical shortage of life-saving drugs and medical supplies as casualties threatened to overwhelm the main Al Shifa hospital in the city.


The Israel-Palestine Conflict Won't Go Away
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Yossi Alpher - (Opinion) November 16, 2012 - 1:00am


Tel Aviv THE Israel-Hamas clash in and around the Gaza Strip offers an important reminder to the second Obama administration: You can ignore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for only so long.


California Students Call for Israel Divestment
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
November 15, 2012 - 1:00am


The student senate of the University of California, Irvine unanimously passed a non-binding resolution calling on the school to divest from companies doing business with Israel.


State of Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) November 13, 2012 - 1:00am


Our political leaders are reassessing their options in the wake of the latest escalation in the South. Israel’s current policy is to react to each new barrage from Gaza by identifying and singling out the specific terrorist organization that fired at our civilians, targeting rocket-launching crews and arms caches.


Abbas congratulates Obama, Hamas urges end to Israel bias
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 7, 2012 - 1:00am


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday congratulated US President Barrack Obama after he defeated his Republican challenger.


Israeli shell wounds Palestinian in central Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
(Analysis) November 2, 2012 - 12:00am


  A Palestinian was critically wounded on Friday by the shrapnel of an Israeli artillery shell fired at an area east of the central Gaza Strip al-Buriej refugee camp, witnesses and medics said.


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.



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