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.

How Bibi Stopped Being King
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by J.J. Goldberg - (Opinion) March 6, 2013 - 1:00am

In her seminal 1969 treatise On Death and Dying, psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross identified five stages of grief typically experienced by individuals facing tragedy: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance. Benjamin Netanyahu lately appears to have reached Stage 3 as he struggles to digest the electoral battering his Likud-Beiteinu bloc suffered January 22 and tries to assemble a new governing coalition from the wreckage. He went through denial and anger. Now he’s bargaining.

PA approves plan to register UNESCO sites
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
March 6, 2013 - 1:00am

The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday decided to form a committee to prepare applications to register sites on UNESCO's world heritage list. Omar Awadallah, the head of UN file in the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the committee's mission was to prepare heritage sites for the list to protect them from harm. Each ministry has been asked to cooperate with the UNESCO committee, and will prepare the files.

News Analysis: Israeli PM can form new gov't before new deadline: analysts
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - March 5, 2013 - 1:00am

Despite the hard time over the past weeks in talks with his potential coalition partners, Israeli Prime Minister designee Benjamin Netanyahu, who has got an additional 14 days from President Shimon Peres to form a new government, can complete the task, though he kept complaining about the boycott of "certain parties," analysts say.

To win the war of opinions, Zionists must be critical friends of Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Samuel Lebens - (Opinion) March 5, 2013 - 1:00am

The well-known columnist Melanie Philips once argued that there is a basic inconsistency between claiming to be a friend of Israel while engaging in public criticism of its government. She calls it “self-destructive stupidity”. I assume that Philips will agree that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a friend of Israel even when he was a very vocal leader of the opposition, vocally criticizing Israeli government policy. So what did she actually mean?

New routes to racism
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) March 5, 2013 - 1:00am

At the beginning of the week, separate bus lines were launched for Palestinians in the territories who travel into Israel. The Transportation Ministry claims the lines are meant to ease travel conditions for the Palestinians, but they’re actually another manifestation of a regime based on discrimination and segregation.

Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: March 4, 2013
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Americans For Peace Now
(Interview) March 4, 2013 - 1:00am

Alpher discusses whether Netanyahu will form a government by the new deadline of March 16th, what the appointment of Philip Gordon as White House coordinator for the Middle East might tell us about Obama's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian issue in his second term, and whether there is any hope at all for Turkish-Israeli rapprochement,

On the bus to Israeli apartheid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Aeyal Gross - (Opinion) March 4, 2013 - 1:00am

In 1896 the United States Supreme Court handed down one of its most shameful decisions in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson, rejecting the argument that the segregation between whites and blacks on trains in the state of Louisiana violated the principle of equality.

Israelis Divided Over Separate Bus Lines for Arabs and Jews in Occupied West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Robert Mackey - March 4, 2013 - 1:00am

Israel’s transportation ministry introduced Monday what it billed as improved service for nearly 30,000 Palestinians who live under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and commute to work daily in Israel: two new bus lines “designated” for their use.

West Bank Buses Only The Latest In Israel's Segregated Public Transport
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Anna Miller - (Opinion) March 4, 2013 - 1:00am

Today, Israeli bus company Afikim will begin operating a “Palestinian-only” bus service to transport Palestinian workers to central Israel. Previously, Palestinians holding permits to work in Israel would use Israeli buses to travel to work there. Now Palestinians who try to use the Israeli buses will be requested to use the Palestinian bus instead.

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