'Palestinian homes in IDF fire zones face demolition'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Tovah Lazaroff - August 7, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinians living in IDF firing zones, particularly in the Jordan Valley and the South Hebron Hills, are especially vulnerable to home demolitions by Israeli security forces, according to a UN report issued this week by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “Some 45 percent of demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures in Area C since 2010 have occurred in firing zones, displacing over 820 Palestinian civilians,” the OCHA report said.


'Palestinian homes in IDF fire zones face demolition'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Tovah Lazaroff - August 7, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinians living in IDF firing zones, particularly in the Jordan Valley and the South Hebron Hills, are especially vulnerable to home demolitions by Israeli security forces, according to a UN report issued this week by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “Some 45 percent of demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures in Area C since 2010 have occurred in firing zones, displacing over 820 Palestinian civilians,” the OCHA report said.


Dispossession, a love story
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Opinion) July 30, 2012 - 11:00pm


Defense Minister Ehud Barak has a weakness for real estate images, primarily "premium" real estate. Israel is to him a nice villa, the home of good and law-abiding Israeli citizens surrounded by a teeming jungle of bad and law-breaking Arabs.


Fayyad: Israel to blame for checkpoint killing
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
July 30, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Monday blamed the Israeli government for the shooting of a 46-year-old Palestinian at a checkpoint near Jerusalem. Israeli border police opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle at a checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem shortly after midnight on Monday, killing Hasan Omar and wounding two other passengers, Palestinian officials and an Israeli police spokesman said.


EU pressure for aid change in Area C
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
July 27, 2012 - 11:00pm


As demolition orders continue to threaten the work of humanitarian organizations in Israeli-controlled Area C in the West Bank, the European Union and humanitarian agencies are pressing to change the rules of the aid game.


Probing the bureaucracy of occupation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Vered Lee - (Book Review) July 25, 2012 - 11:00pm


"The Bureaucracy of Occupation: The Permit Regime in the West Bank 2000–2006," by Yael Berda, allows us to peek “over the shoulder of the military bureaucrat,” as Max Weber, one of the founders of modern sociology, put it. Berda, a practicing lawyer, specializes in administrative and constitutional law and is a research student at Princeton University.


Hundreds of Palestinians face eviction from land
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Karin Laub - July 23, 2012 - 11:00pm


The Israeli Defense Ministry wants to evict hundreds of Palestinians from eight hamlets in a West Bank area the military has designated as a firing zone, rights activists said Tuesday, portraying the decision as a new Israeli land grab. The firing zone, one of several in the West Bank, covers several thousand acres close to the border with Israel. Hundreds of Palestinian herders and farmers live there for part of the year in caves and shacks.


Defying the occupation with a camcorder
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Opinion) July 22, 2012 - 11:00pm


Eight or nine of those who "carry the burden," to use the jargon of the recent public discourse on military service in Israel, burst into the house in the middle of the night. Their weapons pointed, they wear camouflage helmets, backpacks with walkie-talkies, and streaks of paint on their faces. In the house: parents, four children (two boys, two girls ), a grandmother (paralyzed after a stroke ), and two friends.


Israeli soldiers confiscate water storage tanks on West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Hugh Naylor - July 18, 2012 - 11:00pm


These rocky foothills are a forbidding place even for the scattered Bedouin communities that have herded livestock here for generations. Yet it is not the summer heat that is threatening their way of life. Last month, Israeli soldiers began confiscating water-storage containers used by Bedouin in several pastoral encampments on the northern fringes of the West Bank's Jordan Valley area. No explanation was given to the dozens of impoverished residents, who have since been rationing their already scarce water supplies and tending to thirsty livestock.


Hamas speaker of Palestinian parliament released
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Mohammed Daraghmeh - July 18, 2012 - 11:00pm


Israel on Thursday released one of the Islamic militant Hamas movement's most senior members, the speaker of the now-defunct Palestinian parliament. Abdel Aziz Dweik, 64, was freed after serving six months without charges, his aide Baha Mahmoud said. Israel confirmed the release. Hamas defeated the Fatah movement of internationally backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2006 parliamentary elections. After the vote, Israel began arresting Hamas legislators in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.



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