Bethlehem to host first-ever marathon in April
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
March 14, 2013 - 12:00am


The not-so-little town of Bethlehem is to host the West Bank's first-ever marathon next month in a race starting at the Nativity Church and taking in several refugee camps, organisers said Wednesday. The brainchild of two Danish women runners, the Palestine Marathon will take place on April 21 and offer runners the choice of three distances: a full 42-kilometre marathon, a half marathon or a 10-kilometre race.


Salafist Factions on Rise At Palestinian Camp in Lebanon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Nasser Chararah - March 13, 2013 - 12:00am


Bilal Badr, an official from the Fatah al-Islam movement (a takfiri, fundamentalist and extremist organization linked to al-Qaeda) escaped an assassination attempt yesterday [March 12] by a masked assailant in the neighborhood of Ras al-Ahmar in the Lebanese Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.


What the city of Haifa taught me
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Arabiya
by Octavia Nasr - (Opinion) March 12, 2013 - 12:00am


It has crossed my mind on several occasions during my lifetime that Haifa is the city I could one day live in. Diverse, lively and has a great beach.


Is Any Hope Left for Mideast Peace?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Rashid Khalidi - March 12, 2013 - 12:00am


WHAT should Barack Obama, who is to visit Israel next Wednesday for the first time in his presidency, do about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?


Israel's Peres tells Europe to do more to pressure Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
March 12, 2013 - 12:00am


Israeli President Shimon Peres urged the European Union on Tuesday to step up pressure on Iran over its ballistic missile programme, as well as trying to curb its nuclear ambitions. In a speech to the European Parliament that touched on the Jewish state's foreign policy goals, the Nobel peace laureate sought to persuade European lawmakers to act quickly on Iran, which Israel regards as an existential threat.


More and More Married Palestinians Women Enrolling in Universities
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from ABC News
by Hani al-Madhoun - March 12, 2013 - 12:00am


On Facebook, I spotted pictures of my older sister Hannah in the forefront of a peaceful protest to promote national unity and offer political prisoners some support and encouragement, as a large number of them are on a hunger strike. It was a surprise to me, because when I left Gaza years ago she was just a mother with a high school degree. She was caring for three kids and to my knowledge she showed no interest in going back to school or getting involved in political issues.


On tape: Settler attacks Palestinian shepherd
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Elior Levy - March 11, 2013 - 12:00am


A Palestinian who was tending to his herd a few hundred meters from the Avigail outpost in the south Mount Hebron area was attacked for no apparent reason by the outpost's security officer on Saturday. The officer claimed two Palestinian children had approached the Jewish outpost.


The End of the Two-State Solution: Why the window is closing on Middle-East peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New Republic
by Ben Birnbaum - (Opinion) March 11, 2013 - 12:00am


One Friday evening last November, Mahmoud Abbas made a rare appearance on the popular Israeli TV station, Channel 2. In his boxy suit and tie, the Palestinian president looked every bit his 77 years, his olive skin tinged with gray, his voice soft and whispery. He shifted in his seat with every answer.


Palestinians protest against Israel's block over Palestinian family reunion
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
March 10, 2013 - 1:00am


The Israeli army prevented Saturday a symbolic wedding party which aimed at protesting against the Israel's block over family reunion of the Palestinians living in West bank and Israel. The pride is a Palestinian woman from the Israeli city of Nazareth and the groom is a Palestinian young man from Ramallah. Witnesses said that the Israeli army erected blocks on the road linking Ramallah and Jerusalem to prevent the wedding convoy reaching the town of Hezma where the wedding is due to be held.


Analysis: UNICEF report, gray areas and int'l law
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Yonah Jeremy Bob - (Analysis) March 10, 2013 - 1:00am


Overall, UNICEF’s report on Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children in the West Bank Military Courts, despite some more positive treatment than UN reports often give, did not give Israel high marks. The 38 recommendations and the tone of the document mostly spoke of Israeli violations of international law. But reading such a report is tricky.



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