Kerry: Obama plans to 'listen', not present peace plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
February 26, 2013 - 12:00am


US President Barack Obama will not bring a peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict next month, but rather intends to listen, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. Obama's plan to visit has raised speculation of a new US push to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, stalled since 2010 in a dispute over Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. But Kerry, speaking to German students during his first foreign trip as Washington's top diplomat, played down expectations.


No light at the end of Gaza’s tunnels
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Arabiya
by Sharif Nashashibi - (Opinion) February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


“The Egypt of today isn’t the Egypt of yesterday ... (We) won’t leave Gaza on its own,” President Mohammed Mursi said in November amid Israel’s bombardment of the Palestinian territory. It is ironic, then, that the Egypt of today has been actively partaking with Israel in the blockade of Gaza, much like it did under dictator Hosni Mubarak.


An Israeli folly to the fore
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by Philip Stephens - February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


Israel and Australia are involved in a spat over the death of a young man held in an Israeli prison. It is a cloak-and-dagger tale. Ben Zygier, who is said to have hanged himself in 2010 after being detained in conditions of great secrecy, held dual citizenship. Media reports in the two countries suggest the former Mossad employee had threatened to reveal details of the way Israeli intelligence agents carry other nations’ passports on overseas operations.


UN calls for independent inquiry into Palestinian death
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Foreign Press
February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


The United Nations called Monday for an independent inquiry into the death of a Palestinian in Israeli custody, warning that mounting tensions risk an eruption of violence in the occupied territories. The Palestinians also demanded an independent investigation in a letter to the UN Security Council, which said that Arafat Jaradat, who died at the weekend, could have been tortured. UN Middle East peace envoy Robert Serry made the call for an investigation in a statement after talks with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad on the Jaradat's death.


The BDS movement explained
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from New York Daily News
by Omar Barghouti - (Opinion) February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


In many media reports on the recent panel held at Brooklyn College on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, BDS was subjected to relentless vilification and unfounded allegations.


Palestinians establish first national disaster loss database with UN help
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Nations News Service
February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


With support from the United Nations, Palestinian officials today launched the first database designed to provide information on disaster losses that will help develop planning policies and strengthen community resilience.


Egypt seizes 20,000 liters of fuel en-route to Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
(Editorial) February 24, 2013 - 12:00am


 


Israel and Turkey Might be Headed for Reconciliation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Linda Gradstein - February 24, 2013 - 12:00am


Economic Ties Continue Despite Tensions


Jordan pledges continued efforts to revive Palestinian-Israeli peace process
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 22, 2013 - 12:00am


 


Fayyad Condemns Israeli Attacks on Property Near Nablus
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Palestine News Network
February 22, 2013 - 12:00am


  Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned Thursday Israeli army sabotage of electricity poles in the Nablus area village of Qusra and arson of cars in the same village by Israeli settlers.



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