Over 20 hurt in Hebron as soldiers clash with PA police
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
December 6, 2012 - 1:00am

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- More than 20 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in central Hebron on Thursday afternoon, after a skirmish between Israeli troops and Palestinian police.

PA summons Palestinian columnist for interrogation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 31, 2012 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday summoned a Palestinian columnist to answer charges of libel and slander, a media rights group reported. Jihad Harb was summoned by the public prosecutor after a complaint was filed by the president's office, said Mada, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms. Harb is accused of a "direct insult to the employees in the Office of the President, through an article was written about two months ago," Mada said in a statement.

The end of rocket fire from Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gershon Baskin - (Opinion) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am

There is an argument within the Israeli security establishment regarding what should be done vis-àvis the Gaza Strip. All agree that the continued rocket fire from Gaza against the civilian population in the south is intolerable and must be stopped. The argument is mainly between those who favor a major military operation a la Cast Lead II and those who believe that developments in Egypt, Qatari influence in Gaza and some of the more pragmatic elements inside of Hamas can contain the more radical militant forces inside the Gaza strip.

Ambassador denies Palestinian involvement in armed clashes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Mohammed Zaatari - October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

MAJDALYOUN, Lebanon: The Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon and representatives of rival factions said Tuesday that Palestinians were not involved in the recent armed clashes that erupted in Beirut.

W. Bank: Vandals graffiti, try to burn Palestinian cab
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ben Hartman - October 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Vandals unsuccessfully tried to torch a Palestinian taxi cab at the entrance to the village of Danya in the southern Hebron Hills region late Sunday night, in what police are investigating as a 'price tag' incident. The vandals also spray-painted "tag mahir" (price tag) on a nearby wall.

Palestinian Authority Hotels Boast A 90% Room Occupancy Rate
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'ariv
by Gidi Lipkin - October 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Over 90% occupancy has been recorded in the Palestinian Authority hotels, and 95% of the guests are tourists. It has thus been reported by the Palestinian Hotel Association. In Bethlehem and its environs, for instance, 3,000 hotel rooms are available in 30 hotels — an increase of 1,000 rooms since September 2011. In 2013, 700 additional hotel rooms are expected to be built.

Can the Palestinian Authority lead with civil disobedience?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Dawoud Abu Lebdeh - (Opinion) October 19, 2012 - 12:00am

Last month, large protests swept through major cities in the West Bank. In some places the demonstrations escalated into destruction of public property and a display of anarchy, while in others they were calm and collected. Peaceful or otherwise, the various demonstrations shared a common grievance: the economic policies of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, recently highlighted after price hikes on main consumer items such as fuel and flour.These protests have called into question whether the Palestinian Authority is still able to lead the Palestinian people.

Palestinians protesters shut West Bank highway to avoid settlers' raids
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
October 16, 2012 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian protesters and international peace activists on Tuesday briefly blocked a street in the West Bank allocated for the use of Israeli vehicles only. The protesters shut Route 443 on a highway linking Jerusalem and Tel Aviv near Ramallah city, causing traffic jam for half an hour.

Diplomacy Ministry seeks to boost settlers' global image
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Itamar Fleishman - October 15, 2012 - 12:00am

Against the backdrop of the upcoming Knesset elections, the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs is set to launch a campaign aiming to boost the West Bank settlements' global image.

When Palestinian jail hurts more than Israeli incarceration
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Alex Lavac, Gideon Levy - (Opinion) October 12, 2012 - 12:00am

He was waiting for us at the entrance to his handsome and well-appointed stone house, atop the hill on which the homes of Jenin refugee camp residents are perched. Skinnier than ever - he lost seven kilograms in hunger strikes - Zakaria Zubeidi, the "cat with nine lives," was finally released on bail after being detained for five months in the Palestinian Authority's Jericho prison without trial. He was indicted on suspicion of taking part in a shooting attack on Jenin Governor Kadura Musa last May.

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