Israel bans Palestinian construction near separation barrier for " security reasons"
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 25, 2013 - 1:00am

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."

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Hundreds of Palestinian protesters are squaring off against Israeli security forces in the West Bank at a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. Some 2,000 people gathered at the Beitunia military checkpoint on Thursday, hoping to march to a nearby military prison. When the military prevented them from proceeding, protesters began throwing stones and burning tires. Israeli soldiers are responding with rubber-coated bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Fatah irate at reported indirect Israel-Hamas talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Fatah officials expressed outrage on Wednesday over reports that Hamas and Israel are conducting indirect talks in Cairo. According to the reports, Israeli and Hamas officials who arrived in Cairo recently have been holding indirect talks about consolidating the current cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, which has been in effect since Operation Pillar of Defense ended in November.

Israel braces for action along the Syrian border
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - February 21, 2013 - 1:00am


The Israel-Palestine drama will play out at the Oscars
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Amy Goodman - February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

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.

Hamas says not to accept any deal banning arms smuggling
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Islamic Hamas movement which controls the Gaza Strip cannot accept any agreement that bans arms smuggling to the coastal enclave, a Hamas official said Wednesday. "Preventing people under occupation from getting the mechanism of fighting the occupier is meaningless," said Salah al-Bardaweel, a senior Hamas official.

Is Qatari cash keeping the calm in Gaza?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Yaakov Lappin - February 19, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli deterrence has so far successfully kept Hamas from violating the cease-fire reached after an eight-day round of violence in November, but a second factor might also be playing a role in upholding the unprecedented calm along the Gaza-Israel border: economics.

4 Border Guards convicted of abusing helpless Palestinian
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Elior Levy - February 15, 2013 - 1:00am

Four Border Guard officers were convicted Thursday on charges of aggravated assault and abuse of a helpless person for their involvement in a 2009 incident in which they abused a Palestinian near a Givat Ze'ev checkpoint.

Ramallah Wages War on Cart Sellers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Linah Alsaafin - February 7, 2013 - 1:00am


More Than a Land Grab
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from International Herald Tribune
by Raja Shehadeh - (Opinion) February 6, 2013 - 1:00am


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