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.

Palestinian MP: New intifada if prisoners harmed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Elior Levy - February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Palestinians marched Thursday morning from the West Bank village of Bituniya to Ofer Prison in protest against the continued administrative detention of four Palestinians who are on a hunger strike. Several hundred demonstrators waving Fatah flags advanced toward the Bituniya checkpoint. Ofer Prison is located just beyond the checkpoint.

To Block Gaza Tunnels, Egypt Lets Sewage Flow
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Fares Akram, David Kirkpatrick - February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

The Egyptian military is resorting to a pungent new tactic to shut down the smuggling tunnels connecting Sinai and Gaza: flooding them with sewage. Along with the stink, the approach is raising new questions about relations between Egypt’s new Islamist leaders and their ideological allies in Hamas who control the Gaza Strip.

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.

The Peril of Mutual Delegitimization
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
by Alon Ben-Meir - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Brief synopsis: The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be that after 65 years of violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option. Although there are many contentious issues that must be specifically addressed, directly impacting every conflicting issue is the broader psychological dimension of the conflict making it increasingly intractable.

Egypt brokering talks between Hamas and Israel on humanitarian issues
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

For the second time in a week, Israeli security officials visited Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials focusing on the ceasefire brokered by Egypt last year between Israel and the Palestinian factions operating in the Gaza Strip.  A high-level Hamas official told Ma’an that the ongoing Egypt-brokered negotiations between Israel and the Islamist movement do not address “political issues but rather pure humanitarian issues.” 

Morsi playing Israel’s, US’ game on Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Michael Jansen - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

It is becoming increasingly clear that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is colluding with Israel and the US to shut down the smuggling tunnels that link Gaza to Egypt and account for more than 30 per cent of the goods consumed in the besieged and blockaded coastal strip.

The Case for Israeli Censorship
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Ben Caspit - (Opinion) February 19, 2013 - 1:00am

The affair of “Prisoner X,” otherwise known as Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier, raises anew the issue of censorship, freedom of speech and media coverage in Israel. Well, I am not the bearer of glad tidings.

Israel Releases Part of Report on Prisoner X’s Death
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - February 19, 2013 - 1:00am


Israelis Begin to See Continuity In Mubarak, Morsi Policies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Jacky Hugi - February 18, 2013 - 1:00am

The clamor rising from Tahrir Square in Cairo was a common scene, familiar to all and sundry. The masses packing the square were calling out for the resignation of the president and crying for his prosecution on charges of killing demonstrators, while opposition politicians tried to outdo each other denouncing him on satellite TV channels.

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