Tear down this wall
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Moshe Arens - (Opinion) March 5, 2013 - 12:00am


“Tear down this wall,” called out President Ronald Reagan in June 1987 on a visit to Berlin.  And two and half years later the Berlin Wall came down. There is another wall, whose construction is not yet complete, which has been built over the past 10 years.  It runs the length of the Land of Israel, like a scar along the face of a beautiful woman – the separation fence.  When will it come down?


Anger At The Wall: 10 Years Later
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Anna Miller - (Opinion) March 1, 2013 - 12:00am


the first slab of the separation barrier—or Apartheid Wall, as it is called in Palestine—was erected in Bethlehem. Ten years later, the 14-foot concrete slabs now weave through the outskirts of the city, surrounding homes and casting shadows over entire neighborhoods and economically choking the Palestinian residents of Bethlehem.


Israel bans Palestinian construction near separation barrier for " security reasons"
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 25, 2013 - 12:00am


Israel is banning Palestinians from building on more than 1,000 acres of land under the Palestinian civil control adjacent to the separation barrier, the Ha'aretz daily reported on Monday. The lands in question are under Palestinian control according to the 1993 Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the Palestinians. According to the Israeli Defense Forces, the ban is derived from "security reasons."


The Israel-Palestine drama will play out at the Oscars
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Amy Goodman - February 21, 2013 - 12:00am


The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian. 5 Broken Cameras was filmed and directed by Emad Burnat, a resident of the occupied Palestinian West Bank town of Bil'in, along with his Israeli filmmaking partner Guy Davidi.


Build two-state bridges not walls
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ibrahim Shomali - (Opinion) February 12, 2013 - 12:00am


Today, an Israeli court in Tel Aviv will decide the fate of our land. It will judge whether Israel’s annexation Wall will be built right through the heart of our community.


IDF breaks pledge to remove West Bank fences severing Palestinian land
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - February 7, 2013 - 12:00am


The Israel Defense Forces broke a pledge to the High Court of Justice, and has not removed two illegal fences around settlements, which prevent Palestinian farmers from reaching their land. The IDF had pledged to remove the fences by the end of 2012, but work has not yet begun and no forecast has been made as to when it might start.


Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by George Bisharat - (Opinion) January 29, 2013 - 12:00am


LAST week, the Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki, declared that if Israel persisted in its plans to build settlements in the currently vacant area known as E-1, which lies between Palestinian E


Israeli court urges reroute of planned West Bank barrier
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
December 13, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Israel's highest court has urged defence officials to reroute a barrier planned for construction on ancient farmland at a West Bank Palestinian village. Israeli judges have ordered changes in Israel's barrier through occupied land before, but the latest decision followed a rare appeal involving support from an Israeli government environmental agency for a Palestinian challenge.


Churches condemn Israeli security barrier
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
October 24, 2012 - 11:00pm


JERUSALEM —The heads of Catholic churches in the Holy Land are condemning the route of Israel's security barrier near Bethlehem, saying it affects the livelihood of Christian families there. The churches said in a statement that the barrier would affect the lives of 58 families who live off the land.


William Hague intervenes over West Bank barrier
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Harriet Sherwood - October 3, 2012 - 11:00pm


The British foreign secretary and the Archbishop of Westminster have joined forces in opposing the route of Israel's vast barrier along the West Bank, which adversely affects a community of monks, nuns and Christian families near Bethlehem. In a private letter seen by the Guardian, William Hague told Archbishop Vincent Nichols that he shared his "concerns about the problem of land confiscation by the Israeli authorities affecting the people of Beit Jala and similar Palestinian communities in the occupied territories".



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