More Arab Israelis Volunteer for National Service
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Linda Gradstein - February 28, 2013 - 1:00am

When Nasim Awadallah finished high school two years ago, he didn’t have many prospects. His grades were not good enough to get into university. He worked at a minimum wage job for a few months but was not satisfied. So he volunteered for Israel’s national service, an alternative to army service, which is under the control of the Ministry of Defense. He works at the same school he attended in his village. In the mornings, he helps the physical education teachers and in the afternoons he coaches three separate soccer teams.

Israeli army bracing for third intifada
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 25, 2013 - 1:00am

The Israeli military is gearing for the prospect of a new Palestinian uprising, after violent clashes between security forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem and across the West Bank peaked over the weekend, local media outlets reported on Sunday. Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz convened a special situation assessment with top brass on Saturday night and instructed to complete preparations for "grave developments," meaning large-scale confrontations that could spark a third intifada, the Yediot Aharonot daily said.

Prisoner’s death fuels Palestinian protests, as Israel braces for more
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Joel Greenberg - February 25, 2013 - 1:00am

The death of a Palestinian prisoner under Israeli interrogation after a week of demonstrations for the release of four other inmates on hunger strikes triggered fresh clashes Sunday and heightened concerns in Israel about a swelling wave of unrest in the West Bank.

Palestinians Dispute Israel’s Findings on a Prisoner’s Death
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Khaled Abu Aker, Jodi Rudoren - February 25, 2013 - 1:00am


2 Palestinian Teenagers Hurt Amid Israeli Gunfire at Protest
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - February 25, 2013 - 1:00am

Palestinian teenagers were seriously injured Monday when Israeli soldiers used live ammunition to disperse a demonstration at a holy site outside Bethlehem, as clashes in the West Bank continued for a fifth day an

An Israeli folly to the fore
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by Philip Stephens - February 25, 2013 - 1:00am

Israel and Australia are involved in a spat over the death of a young man held in an Israeli prison. It is a cloak-and-dagger tale. Ben Zygier, who is said to have hanged himself in 2010 after being detained in conditions of great secrecy, held dual citizenship. Media reports in the two countries suggest the former Mossad employee had threatened to reveal details of the way Israeli intelligence agents carry other nations’ passports on overseas operations.

Dozens injured in West Bank clashes over prisoner death
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 24, 2013 - 1:00am

Dozens of Palestinians were injured Sunday including two shot with live bullets at demonstrations across the West Bank to protest the death of a Palestinian in Israeli custody. At least 26 protesters sustained wounds from rubber and live bullets during clashes near Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, medics said. The 13-year-old son of a Preventive Security officer was taken to Ramallah government hospital after he was shot in the chest with a live bullet at the protest. A 19-year-old was shot with rubber-coated bullets all over his body, a Ma'an reporter said.

Palestinians say detainee tortured before death
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Jeffrey Heller - February 24, 2013 - 1:00am

The death of 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat in an Israeli jail on Saturday and a hunger strike by four inmates have flared tension across the occupied West Bank, where stone-throwing protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers on Sunday. The Palestinian autopsy findings could further fuel unrest that has surged in the Palestinian Territories weeks before U.S. President Barack Obama is due to visit the region. Israel demanded the Palestinian Authority restore calm to the area.

The Israel-Hezbollah Shadow War
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Ali Hashem - February 24, 2013 - 1:00am

Five years ago, when Hezbollah's military commander Imad Mughniyah was assassinated in Damascus, fingers were quickly pointed toward Israel. The group's secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, promised to launch an open war on Israel to avenge his slain comrade. Everyone was worried the blood of the most wanted Hezbollah member might ignite a regional conflict.

Official: Settlers torch 6 cars in Nablus village
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

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.

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