UNRWA Teachers Refuse to Teach Holocaust Studies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Adam Nicky - October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

AMMAN - Riyadh's thunderous voice silenced some 45 noisy students inBaqaa elementary school for Palestinian refugees before starting his history class. The students listened to a lecture about the Roman Empire and conquest of North Africa.From behind his thick glasses, the long-bearded 37-year-old teacher vehemently rejects the idea of teaching the Holocaust to his class of Palestinian refugees, all hailing from towns now part of Israel after their parents or grandparents fled after the 1948 war.

Haniyeh says Hamas wants to end political division
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
(Analysis) October 27, 2012 - 12:00am


Liberman vows to emphasize Jewish refugee issue
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Jeremy Sharon - October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

“We will not give up on this goal,” Liberman told representatives from the Central Organization for Jews from Arab Countries and Iran on Tuesday afternoon in reference recent developments on his ministry’s efforts to bring the issue of Jewish refugee rights to public and diplomatic attention.

Syrian rebels 'killed Palestinian leader'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 19, 2012 - 12:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Gunmen from the Free Syrian Army on Friday assassinated a Palestinian leader in Deraa refugee camp, the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command said. Free Syrian Army rebels shot dead PFLP-GC leader Adel Hasan in the southern Syrian city, PFLP-GC said in a statement. PFLP-GC added that Palestinians would continue to support the Syrian people and resist "terrorists" trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

The Jewish refugee, hypothetically speaking
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Dmitry Shumsky - (Opinion) October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Let's consider the following hypothetical scenario: At the end of World War I the Allied Powers decide to offer national self-determination to the Arab entity of the Ottoman Empire, and give their blessing to the founding of a single, broad Arab state in the region. Immediately upon establishment, this new state halts Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel and begins a relentless persecution of the local Zionism movement, claiming that it threatens to rip the historic land from the Islamic nation.  

Brave Film Tells Story of Egypt and Its Jews
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Aaron Ross - October 15, 2012 - 12:00am

Cairo — Sitting in a Cairo coffee shop, with his boyish face and gaunt physique, Amir Ramses looks at first glance like someone half his age. But the prominent 33-year-old film director has already directed three major commercial films and several acclaimed documentaries. His new film, the independently produced “Jews of Egypt,” Ramses says, is his most important feature film to date.

Why did we wait so long?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Adi Schwartz - (Opinion) October 12, 2012 - 12:00am

The government initiative to put the history of Jews of Arab countries - along with the circumstances under which they came to Israel - on the public agenda has aroused anger and opposition. Palestinian dignitaries, among them Hanan Ashrawi and MK Ahmed Tibi, claim that raising this issue is an outrage. They have been joined in the pages of this newspaper by Gideon Levy ("How many homelands do the Israelis get to have?" September 20 ) and Yifat Bitton ("Another way to discriminate against Mizrahim," Hebrew edition, September 20).

Hidden health crisis facing Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from IRIN
October 10, 2012 - 12:00am

JOHANNESBURG (IRIN) -- New research has uncovered the hidden health toll that refugee life in Lebanon has taken on more than 400,000 Palestinians.

The rights of Jewish refugees
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Oudeh Basharat - (Opinion) October 9, 2012 - 12:00am

Regarding the Foreign Ministry's initiative for international recognition of the Jews from Arab countries as refugees, one could apply the statement by Khalif Ali bin Abu Talib: "Words of truth whose intent is falsehood."

The Jewish refugee equation: An obnoxious form of diplomacy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Rachel Shabi - (Opinion) October 2, 2012 - 12:00am

I didn’t want to get into this again, but then the Israeli government did. Again and again. The subject of equating Jewish and Palestinian refugees from 1948 onwards has recurred, periodically, since the 1980s. Then in 2010, the Israeli government gave the issue an oxygen pump, by passing a law that stated that negotiations over Palestinian refugees had also to factor in Jewish ‘refugees’ from Arab lands. The two groups are supposed to offset each other in a sort of exile spreadsheet, says the Israeli government.

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