Israel Leader Sets Curbs on Settlers for Violence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - December 14, 2011 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM — After two days of settler violence that shocked much of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that some radical Israelis would be treated the same way as suspected Palestinian militants — detained for long periods without charge and tried in military courts.

Israel must enforce law on West Bank settlers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) December 14, 2011 - 1:00am

What happened on Monday night merely proves what has long since been obvious: In the West Bank, there is neither law nor judge as far as the settlers are concerned. They can run riot to their heart's content.

Israel right-wing activists clash with Jerusalem police following price tag attack
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Oz Rosenberg - December 14, 2011 - 1:00am

Dozens of right-wing activists clashed with police officers in Jerusalem on Wednesday, amid attempts to arrest suspects linked to recent so-called price tag attacks. The rioters, some of whom reside in the capital's Kiryat Moshe neighborhood after being forced to leave the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, slashed the tires and smashed the windows of several police cars. Six rioters were arrested and taken under custody.

Barak: Israel must treat Jewish extremists like a terror group
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Tomer Zarchin - December 14, 2011 - 1:00am

Israel needs to see if the actions of right-wing extremist could be legally defined as terror, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday, as Justice Minister Yaakov Ne'eman weighed emergency measures in the wake of recent price tag attacks and assaults on IDF troops.

Israeli leadership outraged at Jewish extremists' raid on army site
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Batsheva Sobelman - December 13, 2011 - 1:00am

REPORTING FROM JERUSALEM -- Throwing rocks, burning tires and carrying out other assaults on the Israeli military are not unheard of in the West Bank. But the incident Monday night registered loudly with Israeli authorities: The attackers were Jewish extremists. Dozens of right-wing militants who support the settlement movement infiltrated an army regional division headquarters in the West Bank, set tires on fire, vandalized vehicles and scattered nails on the road. Senior officers also were attacked with rocks.

Israel's extremism is the reason
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Ghassan Khatib - (Opinion) December 12, 2011 - 1:00am

The hard-line and extreme political position of the Israeli government, born from its right-wing composition, is creating immense contradictions between what this Israeli government can "accept" (and stay together) and what the international community seeking to restart the political process between Palestinians and Israelis expects. Israel has been solving this contradiction through evasion, doing whatever it takes to avoid any negotiations or engagement on matters of substance, especially if they involve a third party.

Israel’s Other Occupation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Gershom Gorenberg - (Opinion) November 25, 2011 - 1:00am

“CLEARLY, there’s a war here, sometimes even worse than the one in Samaria,” the yeshiva student said. “It’s not a war with guns. It’s a war of light against darkness.” We were sitting in the mixed Jewish-Arab town of Acre in Israel. The war he described was another front in the struggle he knew from growing up in a settlement in the northern West Bank, or Samaria: the daily contest between Jews and Palestinians for control of the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

Israeli police say cars burned, house defaced in West Bank; Jewish extremists suspected
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
November 9, 2011 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM — Three Palestinian cars were torched and a Palestinian house was defaced in the West Bank, Israeli police said Wednesday, and evidence at the scene suggested the involvement of Jewish extremists. The words “price tag” were spray-painted on the house in Beit Ummar, a town near the West Bank city of Hebron, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The phrase refers to a Jewish settler tactic of attacking Palestinian targets to protest government activities against settlements. Police were investigating the overnight attack, Rosenfeld said.

Netanyahu leading the fight against Israel's peace activists
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) November 9, 2011 - 1:00am

The "price tag" graffiti sprayed on the home of Hagit Ofran of Peace Now on Tuesday is part of a consistent delegitimization campaign against left-wing organizations. Virtually not a day goes by without peace activists suffering threats to their lives or damage to their property. On the eve of the 16th memorial day in honor of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who fell victim to a campaign of incitement by the extreme right, it seems that the lesson has not been learned.

Minister: 'Price tag' gangs a cancerous tumor
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Attila Somfalvi - November 9, 2011 - 1:00am

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar made harsh statements against violence targeting soldiers, Palestinians and leftist activists in what is referred to as the "price tag" phenomenon. Speaking at a youth rally marking 16 years since the murder of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Sa'ar said: "The 'price tag' gangs which scheme against innocents, damage property, hurt IDF soldiers and members of the security forces, burn mosque and generally terrorize (the public) are a dangerous and cancerous tumor which must be removed."

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