Kerry says it like it is
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) February 14, 2013 - 1:00am

Under American tutelage, history (almost) repeats itself for both the Palestinians and Israelis. President Barack Obama will be travelling next month to Israel, much like what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did four years ago when he met the American president for the first time during his first weeks at the White House.

Brooklyn College To Probe Claims Jews Were Kicked Out of Boycott Israel Panel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
February 13, 2013 - 1:00am

Brooklyn College launched a probe into allegations that Jewish students were wrongly ejected from an event hosted by the school in support of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Karen Gould, the college’s president, on Wednesday ordered officials to conduct a “thorough independent review” of allegations that four members of the Jewish student group Hillel were told to leave the gathering organized by a pro-Palestinian group on campus last week. The college’s political science faculty was an official co-sponsor of the event.

State of the Union 2013: Obama's Israel expectations game
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Politico
by Josh Gerstein - February 12, 2013 - 1:00am

President Barack Obama’s domestic audience isn’t much interested in foreign policy Tuesday night - and if they are, it’s more about Iran and now North Korea than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But his global audience is eager for him to dive back in to an issue that Europeans and many moderate Arab leaders see as a rallying cry for extremism and anti-American sentiment. Their biggest worry: they see any hope for peace slipping away.

The Brooklyn College BDS debacle highlights the perils of pro-Israeli overkill
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chemi Shalev - (Opinion) February 9, 2013 - 1:00am

Far more Americans know of the Palestinian BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement today than did a week ago. Many millions of people have been exposed for the first time to the idea that Israel should be boycotted, divested and sanctioned for its occupation of the territories. Many more Americans, one can safely assume, have formed a positive image of the BDS movement than those who have now turned against it.

Brooklyn College And The BDS Debate
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Eric Alterman - (Opinion) February 8, 2013 - 1:00am

Given the hysteria recently engendered in the mainstream media, one might have expected the students and faculty of Brooklyn College to be a bit on edge this week. But when I taught my classes Wednesday, I could find no evidence of any controversy at all. As I entered the gates of the school on the way to my office, I passed a lonely table advertising the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) manned by three (presumably freezing) women in traditional Islamic head-coverings, standing alone.

Why BDS Isn't Compatible With Two States
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Mira Sucharov - (Opinion) February 8, 2013 - 1:00am

The latest salvo in the BDS movement’s attempt to find broad appeal is its claim that, contra its critics, the movement does not necessarily oppose a two-state solution.

Controversial event going on at NYC college
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
February 7, 2013 - 1:00am

An event that has stirred controversy over its subject and speakers is scheduled to take place at a New York City college despite the furor. Brooklyn College has been criticized for hosting a lecture by anti-Israel speakers. The lecture is scheduled for Thursday night, and features speakers that talk about using boycotts, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel on how it treats Palestinian rights.

Judith Butler's Remarks to Brooklyn College on BDS
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Nation
by Judith Butler - (Transcript) February 7, 2013 - 1:00am

Usually one starts by saying that one is glad to be here, but I cannot say that it has been a pleasure anticipating this event. What a Megillah! I am, of course, glad that the event was not cancelled, and I understand that it took a great deal of courage and a steadfast embrace of principle for this event to happen at all.

A time to dream in Washington, D.C.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) February 6, 2013 - 1:00am

We will find out in coming months whether the second term of the Obamaadministration will herald any significant changes in 

Bloomberg’s friendly advice to pro-Israel, anti-BDS protesters: shut up!
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chemi Shalev - February 6, 2013 - 1:00am

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has lambasted city politicians who threatened to cut off funding to Brooklyn College for sponsoring an event featuring the anti-Israeli Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, saying “If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kind of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea.”

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