Palestinian aids Israeli soldier left behind in raid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
February 3, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Feb 3 (Reuters) - An Israeli soldier stranded after a raid in occupied territory was escorted to safety by a Palestinian man in the same village the troops had targeted, witnesses and media reports said. The Israeli military said Friday a batallion commander had been suspended from duties for the soldier having been abandoned on enemy turf in the raid this week, an infraction which Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz saw as a "serious incident".


Barghouti: Conflict Ends After Israeli Withdrawal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
January 25, 2012 - 12:00am


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian-Israeli conflict will come to an end only when the occupation comes to an end and Israel withdraws to the pre-1967 borders, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti said Wednesday. Barghouti, former secretary-general of Fatah in the West Bank, on Wednesday testified in court in Jerusalem in a case filed by Israeli Kleinman family against the Palestinian Authority. Asked by reporters whether he intends to run for a parliamentary seat in the upcoming elections, Barghouti said: "The PA has yet to set a date ... Once they do, we'll see what happens."


Israeli Forces Detain Another MP in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
January 20, 2012 - 12:00am


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian parliamentarian in Bethlehem early Friday, hours after seizing the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council Aziz Dweik at a checkpoint near Ramallah. Soldiers raided the home of Khaled Ibrahim Tafesh, 50, a member of the Hamas-affiliated Change and Reform Bloc, and detained him after confiscating his computer and mobile phone. On Thursday, Israeli soldiers seized Palestinian Legislative Council head Aziz Dweik at a military checkpoint, witnesses said.


French parliament report accuses Israel of water 'apartheid' in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - January 17, 2012 - 12:00am


The French parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee published an unprecedented report two weeks ago accusing Israel of implementing "apartheid" policies in its allocation of water resources in the West Bank. The Israeli Embassy in Paris had no foreknowledge of the report and thus did not refute it or work to moderate it. Foreign Ministry officials called the incident "a serious diplomatic mishap." The report said that water has become "a weapon serving the new apartheid" and gave examples and statistics that ostensibly back this claim.


Palestinians carrying bombs held in West Bank: Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
January 8, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM — Four Palestinian men were detained on Sunday after Israeli troops at a West Bank checkpoint discovered 12 pipe bombs, a knife and a gun in their possession, an Israeli police spokesman said. "Four Palestinians were arrested at the Salem checkpoint. They had a commando knife, a pistol and 12 explosives. They were arrested and taken for questioning and the investigation is continuing," spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. Salem checkpoint is near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.


Palestinians carrying bombs held in West Bank: Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
January 8, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM — Four Palestinian men were detained on Sunday after Israeli troops at a West Bank checkpoint discovered 12 pipe bombs, a knife and a gun in their possession, an Israeli police spokesman said. "Four Palestinians were arrested at the Salem checkpoint. They had a commando knife, a pistol and 12 explosives. They were arrested and taken for questioning and the investigation is continuing," spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. Salem checkpoint is near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.


PA: Israeli forces demolish main road near Nablus
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
December 20, 2011 - 12:00am


NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday bulldozed a main road serving several villages in southern Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, the PA official for monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that over 30 military vehicles entered the Nablus village of Beita before bulldozers demolished a road in-between the villages of Beita, Osarin and Aqraba. The Mayor of Huwwara, Moeen Damidi, told the official news agency Wafa that the 4km road was demolished without any warning. It had cost $400,000 to build, he added.


In Israel, the life of a Palestinian is cheap
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) December 12, 2011 - 12:00am


The pictures from Friday's events in Nabi Saleh are hard to swallow: An Israel Defense Forces soldier opens the back door of an armored military jeep and, from a distance of just a few meters, fires a tear-gas canister directly at a young man who is throwing stones. After the canister is fired, the jeep continues on its way without stopping.


The stench of occupation hovers over the Palestinian bereaved
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gideon Levy - (Opinion) December 12, 2011 - 12:00am


The face of Mustafa Tamimi was a frightful yellow. A piece of cotton covered his crushed eye, where the gas grenade fired at him from only a few meters away hit him in the skull; the other eye was closed forever. He was carried to his grave by his friends, his body wrapped in the Palestinian national flag, with only his unshaven face visible.


How Not to Deal With Protesters: A Death in the West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Time
by Karl Vick - (Blog) December 12, 2011 - 12:00am


The weekend offered a hard lesson in the nature of what passes for calm between Israel and the Palestinians living in the territory its army watches over. It was a lesson in two parts, one exploding in the sandy soil of the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli military exchanged fire with militants in the kind of clash that militaries are made for.



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