Israel pressures UN over Palestinian status report: diplomat
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 21, 2013 - 1:00am


By ignoring international law, Israel is only hurting itself
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ruth Gavison - (Opinion) February 8, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli government officials are absolutely correct to point out that the UN Human Rights Council is a biased, anti-Israeli body. Nevertheless, one shouldn’t ignore the recent report on West Bank settlements which was written on its behalf, since it reflects the maturation of a prolonged process, typical of international law.

Enforce the UNHRC settlements report to push Israel out of its state of denial
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Saeb Erakat - (Opinion) February 4, 2013 - 1:00am

It is time for Israel to relinquish its current state of denial and confront reality. It is clear to everyone, including Micronesia and the Marshall Islands (two of the few countries who voted against Palestine’s recognition as a state by the UN General Assembly), that Israeli settlements are illegal and that Israel should withdraw to the 1967 border.

UN inquiry calls for sanctions against Israel over West Bank settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Barak Ravid - January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

A UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission on Thursday released its harshest report over Israeli policy in the West Bank since 1967, urging governments and private corporations across the world to consider economic and political sanctions against Israel over its construction in the settlements. This is the first time such a call has been made from within the United Nations.

Israeli settlements symbolise the acute lack of justice experienced by the Palestinian people
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Nations
January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

  The International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory today published its findings on the implications Israeli settlements have upon the human rights of the Palestinian people. The report states that a multitude of the human rights of the Palestinians are violated in various forms and ways due to the existence of the settlements.

UN human rights report on Israel paves way for sanctions, further isolation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - (Opinion) January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

   If anyone needed a reminder of Israel's deteriorating standing on the international stage, they got one on Thursday in the report by the UN Human Rights Council's fact-finding mission on the settlements. While Israel's coalition talks are focusing on the state budget and drafting ultra-Orthodox men into the military, every future member of the next cabinet should be disturbed by the report.

Israel Skips U.N. Review on Rights, a New Move
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Nick Cumming-Bruce - January 29, 2013 - 1:00am

Israel became the first country to withhold cooperation from a United Nations review of its human rights practices on Tuesday, shunning efforts by the United States and others to encourage it to partic

Palestine decision reminiscent of another United Nations vote
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Yaron Ezrahi - (Opinion) December 13, 2012 - 1:00am

Late afternoon on Nov. 29, 1947, I was almost eight years old and our home in Tel Aviv was gripped by intense expectations that something big was going to happen. Our large Beethoven radio was on and my parents were already sitting on the couch as my 16-year-old sister, Ofra, and I joined them on the living room rug. My father explained: “The world is deciding if we will be a state”.

Israel to withhold Palestinian funds until March, at least
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
December 12, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel will withhold tax revenues from President Mahmoud Abbas's administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel's foreign minister said. Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a month in duties on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank -- money that is badly needed to pay public sector salaries.

Almost the last call
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Opinion) December 12, 2012 - 1:00am

It is difficult to compete with the phallus that the Hamas movement displayed publicly during its celebrations in Gaza at the end of last week, especially when those dragged into the competition were nondescript functionaries in ties, the remnants of the fatigued Palestine Liberation Organization's leadership. In this competition, European countries waver between the role of observer from the sidelines and that of the functionary's prompter.

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