Israeli troops wound 2 Palestinians in northern Gaza: medics
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
September 27, 2012 - 11:00pm


GAZA, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Israeli troops stationed on the borderline between northern Gaza Strip and Israel on Friday opened fire and wounded two Palestinian civilians, medics said. Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Hamas-run ministry of health, said that the two Palestinians are aged 22 and 19 years old, respectively, adding that they are brothers and were shot by Israeli soldiers' gunfire in northern Gaza Strip.


Gaza tunnel-traders say network at 10 percent capacity
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
September 27, 2012 - 11:00pm


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Just 10 percent of the tunnels under Gaza's border with Sinai are still in operation, after Egypt moved to close the underground network in recent weeks, tunnel owners said Friday. The tunnel trade, which operates with oversight from the Hamas government in Gaza, is now placed under strict regulations, they told Ma'an.


As Sinai border heats up, Egypt buries its head in the sand
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff - (Opinion) September 27, 2012 - 11:00pm


Beyond this week's dramatic media coverage of the female soldier deployed with the Karakal infantry battalion credited with helping to end a terror attack, and the subsequent Facebook correspondence between her and a female colleague who hid when the firing began, the incident last Friday in which Israel Defense Forces soldier Cpl. Natanel Yehoshua Yahalomi was killed gives Israel cause for concern.


High Court rejects Gaza students' petition to study in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - September 26, 2012 - 11:00pm


The High Court of Justice ruled on Monday against four female university students from the Gaza Strip who have been seeking to study at Birzeit University in the West Bank. The court rejected a petition filed on the women's behalf by the Gaza-based Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Israeli group Gisha, which advocates in favor of Palestinian freedom of movement, particularly from the Gaza Strip. A panel of high court judges accepted the state's argument that it has no obligation to accord Gaza residents the right to study in the West Bank.


Gaza official: Egypt pledged to ease Rafah travel in days
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
September 26, 2012 - 11:00pm


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt has informed Palestinian officials that it will introduce measures to ease travel through the Gaza Strip's Rafah crossing in the coming days, a crossings official said Thursday. Gaza crossing director Maher Abu Sabha said they understand the crossing will be opened on Fridays, the weekend day it is usually shut. Everyday working hours, currently from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will also be increased, Abu Sabha said. The number of passengers permitted to travel each day will be raised to 1,500, he added.


Egypt: No need to amend treaty with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
September 25, 2012 - 11:00pm


CAIRO —A spokesman for Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi said Wednesday that there is currently no need to amend the peace treaty with Israel, despite calls in Cairo to revise the 1979 accord to allow the country to beef up its presence in the Sinai Peninsula to combat militants there, the state news agency reported.


Palestinian smuggler dies in tunnel cave-in
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
September 25, 2012 - 11:00pm


GAZA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian worker died when a smuggling tunnel on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt collapsed Wednesday, medical sources said. Medics at Abu Yusuf al Najjar hospital in Rafah city identified the man as Sulieman al-Masri, 24. Two other workers were injured in the tunnel cave-in, the medics added.


Israel: Syrian mortars accidentally land in Golan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Daniel Estrin - September 24, 2012 - 11:00pm


JERUSALEM — Several mortars fired by Syrian government troops targeting rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday but no one was hurt in the shelling, the Israeli military said. The incident marks the second time Syrian mortars have landed on the border area since Syria's crisis erupted 18 months ago. In July, mortar shells fell about one kilometer (half a mile) from the Golan boundary.


Who are You? ID Cards and East Jerusalem’s Identity Crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Linda Gradstein - (Opinion) September 24, 2012 - 11:00pm


In the United States, you need a passport to travel abroad, and a drivers’ license to cash a check. In Israel, you need an ID card just to cross the street.


For Arab student going to Ariel, the message is 'Yalla, get off the bus'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Jack Khoury - September 24, 2012 - 11:00pm


An Arab student says security guards humiliated her and forced her off a bus at gunpoint on her way to Ariel University Center in the West Bank.



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