Is a New Intifada Imminent?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Paul Pillar - (Opinion) February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


 


Israel tries to calm nerves in the West Bank, but outbreak of third intifada depends on Palestinian Authority
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel - (Editorial) February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


Israel is currently making a huge effort to calm nerves in the West Bank, following a wave of turbulent protests that worsened over the weekend.


Last call before next intifada
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


 


Analysis: Abbas caught between hammer and anvil
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - (Opinion) February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


Does the current wave of violence in east Jerusalem and the West Bank serve the Palestinian Authority’s interests? Or do the widespread protests, which are being described by some Palestinians as a “mini-intifada,” undermine its status? Some Palestinians believe that the PA leadership is interested in escalating tensions with Israel for various reasons.


Palestinians protest in West Bank, Gaza to support prisoners on hunger strike
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


A strike, rallies and protests on Sunday dominated the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in support of a hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons which protested against a Palestinian inmate's death one day ago. Witnesses in the West Bank said most of the stores were closed Sunday, while schoolchildren and university students did not go to classes to protest the death of Arafat Jaradat, who died Saturday in Israel's Majeddo prison in the West Bank.


Fatah: Palestinian Authority supports escalating popular resistance
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


The Palestinian Authority supports and helped organized an escalation in popular resistance in the West Bank, a senior Fatah official said Sunday. "Resistance is a natural right and we agree unanimously on escalating popular resistance," Azzam al-Ahmad told the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen satellite channel. Al-Ahmad, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, said the Palestinian Authority had helped escalate popular resistance in the West Bank.


Hamas calls on resistance to capture Israeli soldiers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


Senior Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil on Sunday urged resistance fighters to kidnap Israeli soldiers at a rally to protest the death of a Palestinian in Israeli custody. Hamas organized two huge rallies in Khan Younis and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip to protest the death of 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat in Megiddo prison. Palestinian officials say an autopsy conducted in Israel showed Jaradat died of extreme torture.


Hamas bans Fatah official from leaving Gaza: statement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 24, 2013 - 12:00am


Hamas security officers prevented an official from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party from leaving the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, Fatah said in a statement on Sunday. The move is part of finger-pointing between the rival groups over their failure to form a transitional unity government to achieve national reconciliation under the Egyptian-sponsored mediation efforts.


West Bank demonstrations are not a third intifada – yet
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - (Opinion) February 24, 2013 - 12:00am


There were protests in the West Bank all weekend long, and they continued Sunday.


The Israeli-Palestinian talks that never took place begin on the street
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Zvi Barel - (Editorial) February 24, 2013 - 12:00am


The death of Arafat Jaradat in the Megiddo Prison, together with the 216-day-long hunger strike of Samer el-Issawi and the hunger strike of three other prisoners, the demonstrations commemorating the anniversary of the massacre perpetrated by Baruch Goldstein in Hebron in 1994, the clashes in the village of Kusra in the Nablus district – all these are supposedly “local incidents” that can be easily defeated by a few smoke grenades, rubber bullets and arrests.



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