Official: Settlers torch 6 cars in Nablus village
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 21, 2013 - 12:00am


Armed settlers attacked a village south of Nablus overnight Wednesday and torched six cars, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said dozens of residents of the Esh Kodesh settlement outpost entered Qusra village firing heavily. They torched six cars, belonging to Raed Musbah, Abed Taher, Yousef Odeh, Yasser Abu Rida, and Nashat Fawzi, Daghlas told Ma'an.


Witnesses: 1 shot, 2 detained in Israeli raids in Jenin
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
February 21, 2013 - 12:00am


Israeli forces shot a Palestinian in his leg and detained two people in raids in the Jenin district overnight Wednesday, witnesses said. Soldiers detained Samid Abu Haija from his home in al-Yamun, northwest of Jenin, and 24-year-old Mohammad Naser al-Sadi from Jenin refugee camp. In Birqin village, west of Jenin, soldiers surrounded the home of Mohammad Qablawi and ordered residents to leave the house.


Palestinian rally for hunger striker turns violent
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Ian Deitch - February 15, 2013 - 12:00am


Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli soldiers on Friday at a rally held in support of a prisoner observing an intermittent hunger strike to protest his incarceration. The Israeli military said about 200 Palestinians threw rocks at soldiers who responded with tear gas during the rally outside Ofer prison in the West Bank. The protesters called for the release of Samer Issawi, who has been on an on-again, off-again hunger strike for several months as he serves time for alleged terror activity.


4 Border Guards convicted of abusing helpless Palestinian
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Elior Levy - February 15, 2013 - 12:00am


Four Border Guard officers were convicted Thursday on charges of aggravated assault and abuse of a helpless person for their involvement in a 2009 incident in which they abused a Palestinian near a Givat Ze'ev checkpoint.


Israeli forces arrest Hamas-affiliates across West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 12, 2013 - 12:00am


Israeli forces launched multiple arrest raids overnight Monday against Hamas affiliates in the West Bank, Hamas sources and locals said. Hamas leader Rafat Jamil Nasif, 45, was detained in Tulkarem in an arrest raid on his home, sources in the Islamist movement said. Nasif's family were forced to stand outside in the cold while sniffer dogs searched his home. Musab al-Ashqar, Abdullah Ismail al-Khalil and Ammar Jihad Ameir, students at al-Khadouri university, were also arrested in Tulkarem, together with the local Imam's son Qitad Amar Bidawi.


Israel arrests 20 Hamas members in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Mohammed Daraghmeh - February 4, 2013 - 12:00am


  Israeli forces arrested 20 members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, including three lawmakers, in a raid early Monday in the West Bank, Hamas officials said. The Israeli military confirmed arrests were made but would not elaborate further.


Senior IDF officer tells West Bank commanders to show restraint in dealing with Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel - (Analysis) February 1, 2013 - 12:00am


  The head of the Israel Defense Force's Central Command, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, has instructed commanders of units stationed in the West Bank to act with restraint and moderation when dealing with the civilian population.


Senior IDF officer tells West Bank commanders to show restraint in dealing with Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel - February 1, 2013 - 12:00am


  The head of the Israel Defense Force's Central Command, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, has instructed commanders of units stationed in the West Bank to act with restraint and moderation when dealing with the civilian population.


Palestinian villagers take IDF to High Court over military drills
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - January 29, 2013 - 12:00am


The army has been carrying out training exercises for about a week near three Palestinian villages in south Hebron, in violation of a High Court of Justice order that also forbids the villagers' eviction from their homes, said local farmers backed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. The farmers of a-Tabban, Mirkez and Jinba reported that military drills in a "firing zone" adjacent to their villages started last Monday with no warning, damaging their fields, pasture areas and wells.


Group says Israel abused crowd-control methods
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
January 28, 2013 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM — An Israeli human rights group on Monday accused the military of "extensively and systematically" violating its own rules of engagement in suppressing Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank, contributing to dozens of deaths in recent years. According to a report by the B'Tselem group, a total of 56 Palestinians have been killed in clashes with the Israeli military since 2005. The vast majority — 46 of them — were killed when live ammunition was fired at stone throwers.



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