Israeli attack goes to heart of society in crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
(Editorial) August 23, 2012 - 12:00am

When they were taken into court in handcuffs, the Israeli boys and girls who came close to committing murder tried to hide their faces, shielding themselves from the glare of the cameras. Yet the media coverage has been relentless and has starkly exposed the violence that pervades so much of Israeli society.

Alleged Hate Crime in Israel Part of Larger Trend
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Dan Ephron - (Opinion) August 22, 2012 - 12:00am

An alleged hate crime against Palestinians in West Jerusalem this week, which left one young man unconscious and in the hospital, underscores a troubling reality: that Israeli teens are more militantly anti-Arab than their parents and increasingly more prone to rejecting democratic values.

Account of ‘a Lynch’ in Jerusalem on Facebook
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Robert Mackey - August 20, 2012 - 12:00am

As my colleague Isabel Kershner reports, several Israeli teenagers who appeared in court on Monday following their arrest for beating a young Palestinian unconscious expressed little remorse for the attack after a hearing.

Containing the Islamist Revolution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Ephraim Sneh - (Opinion) June 28, 2012 - 12:00am

When politicians are in election mode, they can see nothing but victory. All decisions, all considerations, are subservient to one question: how they can convince voters to check their name at the ballot box. As someone who ran for office nine times, I know what I am talking about. But for the candidate who wins the election, and for the voters, there is always the day after.

PA: Settlers torch farmland near Nablus
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
May 25, 2012 - 12:00am

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Thursday torched farmland near Nablus in the northern West Bank, a PA official said. Ghassan Doughlas told Ma'an that residents of Yitzhar settlement set fire to large swathes of agricultural land in Madma village. Witnesses told Ma'an that villagers clashed with the settlers and that Israeli forces intervened and detained two Palestinians, Ahmad Nassar, 20, and Muhammad Nassar, 23. An Israeli army spokeswoman said soldiers and border police were called to the area but she said there were no detentions.

‘Citizen journalism’ focuses on Israeli occupation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
May 24, 2012 - 12:00am

ASEERA AL-QIBLIYA, West Bank — Amateur video of Israeli soldiers appearing to watch idly as settlers opened fire on Palestinians throwing stones has emphasised the growing power of "citizen journalism" in the occupied West Bank.

Stop Settler Violence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) May 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Everything you need to know about Israel's occupation is summed up in a recently released video showing settlers opening fire on unarmed Palestinians in the full view of Israeli troops who appear to make no effort to stop them. Two of the Palestinians were badly injured.

ATFP Expresses Alarm at Footage Showing Settlers Shooting at Palestinians in the Presence of Israeli Soldiers
Press Release - Contact Information: Ghaith al-Omari - May 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Washington, DC, May 22 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) expressed deep alarm about a video released by the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem that shows a group of armed settlers opening fire on Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank. Settlers, some of them masked and armed, reportedly entered the village of Asira al-Qibliya, near Nablus, on Saturday and began a confrontation by throwing rocks at the villagers. The Palestinians responded by throwing stones back at the settlers.

Why Israeli Settlers Shot an Unarmed Palestinian
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Atlantic
by Robert Wright - (Opinion) May 22, 2012 - 12:00am

When West Bank settlers shoot at unarmed Palestinians while Israeli soldiers look on without intervening, that's a story--especially when one of the Palestinians suffers a head wound.

'The Palestinians Can Wait'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Alex Fishman - (Opinion) May 7, 2012 - 12:00am

The coordinator of government activities in the Palestinian territories, Brigadier-General Eitan Dangot, has asked that the government approve an additional 5,000 permits for Palestinian laborers to enter Israel. That’s good for everyone. Politically, it’s good for Israel. Economically, it’s good for the Palestinian Authority. From a security perspective, it’s not a problem.

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