Real Complexities Face Palestine At The ICC
Media Mention of Hussein Ibish In The Daily Beast - March 28, 2013 - 12:00am

There's a great deal of talk going these days attributed to unnamed senior Palestinian official sources, and many others, about Palestine seeking redress at the International Criminal Court at The Hague if peace talks with Israel remain stalled.

The president who holds Israel's fate in the palm of his hand
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ari Shavit - (Opinion) March 14, 2013 - 12:00am

The question of who Israel’s prime minister will be is usually an important one. But as far as Israel’s national security is concerned, the question is becoming less and less important. The reason for this is not a happy one.

Palestinians seized at Cairo airport 'in possession of military maps'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
March 13, 2013 - 12:00am

Sources at Cairo International Airport said Wednesday that seven Palestinians were in custody after being found with maps of military buildings in Cairo. An Egyptian investigative source told Ma’an that the men were on their way back home after visiting Syria and Iran. The suspects have not been identified. The Egyptian source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, added that after investigations it was determined that the men had entered Egypt via tunnels and the stamps in their passports were fake.

Obama’s Israel Itinerary Includes Some Standard Stops, but Not Others
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Mark Landler - March 13, 2013 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to visit the Church of the Nativity, but not the Western Wall, when he travels to Israel next week. He will speak at Jerusalem’s convention center, but not before the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. And he will inspect a mobile missile-defense battery, though not one in the field, where they protect Israel from enemy rockets.

Israel's Demographic Destiny
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Aaron David Miller - March 13, 2013 - 12:00am


Exclusive: Gaza Salafists Take Fight to Syria
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Asmaa Al-Ghoul - March 13, 2013 - 12:00am

I managed to reach the house of one of the jihadist Salafist leaders in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas-led Gaza government had imposed limitations on most jihadist Salafist leaders following the Ibn Taymiya Mosque incidents in Rafah at the end of 2009, when its security forces killed 28 jihadists after their leader, Abdel Latif Moussa, declared the Islamic caliphate. Salafist jihadism in the Gaza Strip is an international movement that promotes armed jihad against the ruling Arab and foreign governments.

U.N. officials in Washington to defend Palestinian refugee aid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Josh Rogin - March 13, 2013 - 12:00am

U.S. aid to the Palestinian refugees could fall victim to the automatic budget cuts that went into effect March 1, so the head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) made two trips to Washington this month to argue for consistency in U.S. help for his organization.

Economists: Extra taxes on foreign imports hasty decision
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
March 13, 2013 - 12:00am

But economic experts believe the decision is likely to increase indirect imports through Israeli middlemen, and that will eventually support the Israeli economy and maintain stagnation in Palestine's economy. West Bank economist Mahmoud al-Jaafari highlighted that poor Palestinian families depended on goods imported from China, because they were relatively cheaper, especially goods which are not produced in Palestine. After extra taxes, he added, these products will become more expensive and poor families will be unable to find something cheap to cover their needs.

The apartheid libel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

Israel Apartheid Week kicked off this year in Europe on February 25 and runs through March 17 in South Africa. Events include mock checkpoints, replicas of the security barrier, the screening of documentary films critical of Israel and meetings with the “victims” of the “occupation.” Organizers are united by their belief that the situation in the West Bank is comparable to the systematic racial segregation and discrimination that South Africa’s white minority instituted against the black majority.

UN agency joins petition against Israeli infiltration law
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
March 12, 2013 - 12:00am

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) joined a petition filed by human rights organizations to the Supreme Court against the Israeli law of infiltration and asked to revoke it, local media reported Tuesday. The UNHCR's unprecedented move is an attempt to overturn a law which it claims "wrongly stigmatizes and penalizes those seeking refuge."

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