Europe: Settlement products are tainted goods
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Daniella Peled - (Opinion) March 3, 2013 - 1:00am

Food labeling is a hot topic in Europe right now. Following the horsemeat scandal, with traces of equine flesh found in beef products across the continent, there have never been such strident calls for responsible sourcing of food products clearly tracing their origin.

Erdogan’s Double Standards
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Shlomi Eldar - March 3, 2013 - 1:00am

“Turkey and Israel are both vital allies of the United States. We want to see them work together in order to be able to go beyond the rhetoric and begin to take concrete steps to change this relationship,” said new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a news  conference in Ankara on Friday [March 1].

Palestinians suspected of aiding Syria regime 'hanged'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
March 3, 2013 - 1:00am

Syrian rebels on Saturday hanged two Palestinians at a refugee camp in Damascus on suspicion of aiding the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a rights watchdog said. "Rebels in the Yarmuk camp executed two men accused of cooperating with the regime by identifying targets that were bombed last week," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "They were hanged from trees in the camp."

Israel undermining own security with settlements, allies warn
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Los Angeles Times
by Carol J. Williams - March 1, 2013 - 1:00am

As Israel pursues an expanded settlement agenda in Palestinian territory, even its friends are beginning to sound like its adversaries.

UN's Ban: Erdogan's Zionism comment 'hurtful'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
March 1, 2013 - 1:00am

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's description of Zionism as a crime against humanity was "hurtful and divisive", adding to criticism of comments that risk deepening Turkey's rift with Israel.  

Croatia to pull its UN peacekeeping troops from Golan Heights citing security concerns
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
March 1, 2013 - 1:00am

Croatia will withdraw some 100 peacekeeping troops from the Syria-Israel border after reports that Syrian rebels have been armed with Croatian weapons, Croatia’s president said Friday. The government fears its troops could become targets for Syrian government soldiers fighting the rebels. President Ivo Josipovic said the security situation in the Golan Heights has deteriorated and the safety of the Croatian soldiers serving in the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force is in jeopardy.

A campaign to talk up a two-state solution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Ghaith Al-Omari, David Makovsky - (Opinion) March 1, 2013 - 1:00am


Kerry: Turkish comments complicate Mideast process
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Matthew Lee - March 1, 2013 - 1:00am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that comments by the Turkish prime minister equating Zionism to a crime against humanity complicate the efforts to find peace in the Middle East. Speaking at a news conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Kerry stressed the "urgent need to promote a spirit of tolerance, and that includes all of the public statements made by all leaders."

Israeli-Palestinian tensions could ultimately spark a major confrontation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel - (Opinion) March 1, 2013 - 1:00am

As though 25 years hadn’t gone by, the Israel Defense Forces this week went back to using some of the terminology of the first intifada. Beginning this morning, a special alert was to be declared in the territories, with security forces deployed there ahead of an expected wave of demonstrations, revolving around the prayer services in the mosques. The police, too, will beef up their presence, with an eye on the weekly prayers on the Temple Mount.

Kerry scolds Turkish leader for comment about Zionism
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Anne Gearan - March 1, 2013 - 1:00am

Secretary of State John F. Kerry scolded Turkey’s leader Friday for likening Zionism to a “crime against humanity,” saying such remarks complicate efforts to forge Mideast peace.

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