Attacks and anti-Arab bigotry 'more acceptable' in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
March 8, 2013 - 1:00am

A spate of epithet-laced attacks by young Israeli Jews against Arabs indicates anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry is becoming more acceptable in many sectors of Israeli society, according to rights workers. Police have arrested four people, including two minors, over the bludgeoning on Saturday of an Arab Israeli citizen on holiday with his wife in the Israeli city of Tiberius, Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported this week.

Police chief: Wave of attacks on Arabs 'despicable'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Omri Efraim - March 7, 2013 - 1:00am

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino called the wave of nationalistically-motivated assaults across Israel a "despicable and criminal" phenomenon.

Israel denies entry to pro-Palestinian American Jew
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - March 7, 2013 - 1:00am

A Jewish-American pro-Palestinian activist who is married to an Israeli woman was not allowed to enter the country with his pregnant wife. An Israeli court rejected his petition to cancel the order against his entry Tuesday, and he is expected to be put on a plane back to the United States Wednesday night. Adam Shapiro, 41, and his wife Huwaida Arraf, 37, are among the founders of the International Solidarity Movement and have worked on behalf of the Palestinian cause for over a decade. Arraf has both American and Israeli citizenship.

Israel agrees to demolish four West Bank outpost structures immediately
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - March 7, 2013 - 1:00am

The state is planning to demolish four structures erected at the Sde Boaz outpost "as soon as possible," including a paved access road, built on Palestinian-owned land.

US, Israeli threats of force against Iran are illegal and harm chances for a deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
by Reza Nasri - (Opinion) March 7, 2013 - 1:00am

These threats were issued at a time when the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 in

The empty debate on Zionism in Britain
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Anshel Pfeffer - (Opinion) March 7, 2013 - 1:00am

Who is a Zionist? Once upon a time the answer to this question was simple. A Zionist was someone who believed there were moral justifications and a need for a Jewish sovereign state in the historical Land of Israel. If you recognized this, you were Zionist and all the rest was just nuance. But the definition of a Zionist has become hopelessly murky in the more than six decades since Israel's establishment amid the never-ending debate over Israel's definition, borders and values.

Jerusalem's Begin Expressway plan angers Arab neighborhood
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - March 7, 2013 - 1:00am

Construction of a freeway extension through one of Jerusalem's most-prosperous Arab neighborhoods is igniting tension in the once-quiet community and reviving complaints about how the city treats Palestinian residents. If completed as planned in 2015, the nearly 1-mile extension of Jerusalem's Begin Expressway will slice through the neighborhood of Beit Safafa, home to about 12,000 Arabs.

Hundreds of arrest warrants issued in Israel against ultra-Orthodox dodging army service
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
March 7, 2013 - 1:00am

Hundreds of arrest warrants had been issued in Israel in the past few days against ultra-Orthodox youths dodging military service, the Ma'ariv daily reported Thursday. As hundreds of ultra-Orthodox youths failed to report to the induction centers as required, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) turned to the police to issue arrest warrants.

Netanyahu’s violent fingerprint
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gideon Levy - March 7, 2013 - 1:00am

Benjamin Netanyahu’s children attacked an Arab cleaning man on the seaside promenade in Tel Aviv and caused him serious injuries. They attacked an Arab waiter in a Tel Aviv restaurant with chairs and their fists. They attacked an Arab from Upper Nazareth at the shore of Lake Kinneret because they heard him speaking Arabic. Netanyahu’s children waved hate-filled signs against Muslim players of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team and set fire to its clubhouse.

Hebron: Separate roads for Jews, Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Elior Levy - March 6, 2013 - 1:00am

The segregated Jewish-Palestinian bus lines offered by the Afikim bus company in the West Bank have caused quite the stir recently, but this division has already been effective in Hebron for years.

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