Israeli settler rabbi who promoted peace dies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
March 4, 2013 - 1:00am


Rabbi Menachem Froman, an Israeli settler known for his efforts to promote coexistence between Arabs and Jews, has died. He was 68. His son Shivi Froman said he died Monday after a long illness. Froman, who served as the rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, had ties to many Palestinian leaders. He was an outspoken opponent of attacks by Jewish settlers on mosques. He often visited damaged holy sites with local Palestinian officials. He believed Israelis and Palestinians could live together peacefully.


European Campaign to Boycott Israeli Phone Companies in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Palestine News Network
March 4, 2013 - 1:00am


Monday 4th March, Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported that labor Unions of France, Ireland, Britain, Italy, and Sweden signed an agreement to boycott illegal Israeli settlements' products, including telecommunication services in the west Bank, according to a statement by the union. The agreement, which was signed following a conference organized by the Association France Palestine Solidarity (AFPS) in Paris, discussed the Israeli settlement activities and their effect on economic, political and social life in Palestine.


New Israeli coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs, Netanyahu's aides say
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - March 3, 2013 - 1:00am


Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu received 14 more days to form a new government Saturday, but his efforts to form a coalition seemed likely to be complicated by the likelihood of a new settlement construction freeze to improve Israel's inter


Israel undermining own security with settlements, allies warn
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Los Angeles Times
by Carol J. Williams - March 1, 2013 - 1:00am


As Israel pursues an expanded settlement agenda in Palestinian territory, even its friends are beginning to sound like its adversaries.


Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu suspends housing settlements ahead of Obama’s visit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Times
by Cheryl K. Chumley - March 1, 2013 - 1:00am


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended all housing construction in contested areas of east Jerusalem and the West Bank as a diplomatic nod at President Obama’s upcoming visit.


Clashes in West Bank; Salam Fayad joins Bil'in protests
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Itamar Fleishman, Elior Levy - March 1, 2013 - 1:00am


Palestinians are clashing with security forces who are attempting to disperse them in Hebron, after settler's windows were broken as a result of stone throwing.


Economy minister welcomes EU settlements report
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 28, 2013 - 1:00am


The PA economy minister on Thursday welcomed an EU report calling for economic sanctions on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The leaked non-binding document by European Union consul generals in East Jerusalem and the West Bank said the 27-nation bloc should be diligent in ensuring settlements are excluded from trade benefits enjoyed by Israel.


Israeli police deems Palestinians' report on price tag attack " fabrication"
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 28, 2013 - 1:00am


In an unusual step, the Israeli police said Thursday that despite claims Jewish settlers set fire to six Palestinian cars last week, the case was fabricated by the Palestinians themselves. Last Thursday, the villagers of Qusra in the West Bank told media and the police that Jewish settlers came in and set fire to six residents' car.


Abbas: E1 building is 'red line' for Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - February 27, 2013 - 1:00am


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his opposition on Wednesday to Israel’s plan to build in the area known as E1 between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim. Abbas said that the Palestinians considered the plan a “red line” that should not be crossed. Abbas’s remarks came during a meeting he held in his office in Ramallah with Nigel Kim Darroch, the National Security Adviser for the British government.


Israel's dwindling chance to oppose an unjust one-state future
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Sara Hirschhorn - (Opinion) February 27, 2013 - 1:00am


“The two-state solution is dead! Long live the two-state solution!” has resonated as the battle-call of the decade, a nostalgic swan song of the halcyon days of hope of the Oslo era. But the past week or so has seen a hushed gathering of liberal intellectuals around the deathbed of the Israeli-Palestine dilemma and a two-state solution.



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