ATFP Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire Between Israel and Gaza
Press Release - Contact Information: Ghaith al-Omari - November 18, 2012 - 12:00am

ATFP Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire Between Israel and Gaza  


An Outgunned Hamas Tries to Tap Islamists’ Growing Clout
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by David Kirkpatrick - November 18, 2012 - 12:00am


CAIRO — Emboldened by the rising power of Islamists around the region, the Palestinian militant group Hamas demanded new Israeli concessions to its security and autonomy before it halts its rocket attacks on Israel, even as the conflict took an increasing toll on Sunday.


Iran denies supplying Fajr-5 rockets to Gaza militants-report
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
November 18, 2012 - 12:00am


DUBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian lawmaker denied his country had supplied Palestinian Islamist militants in Gaza with missiles capable of hitting Israel's commercial centre, Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam television reported.


Southern Israel residents scared but determined
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Aron Heller - November 18, 2012 - 12:00am


BEERSHEBA, Israel — After days of incessant rocket fire, the largest city in southern Israel has been turned into a ghost town. Schools are closed, stores are shuttered and normally bustling streets are empty.


We in the Gaza Strip will not die in silence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Musa Abumarzuq - (Opinion) November 18, 2012 - 12:00am


The latest Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has prompted several European countries and the US to reaffirm their position of unwavering support for the aggressor. William Hague, Britain's foreign secretary, Cathy Ashton, the EU high representative for foreign affairs, and Barack Obama, have all claimed that Hamas's rockets were responsible for the crisis and that it is the right of Israel to defend its citizens. Had they checked the facts, they would have realised Israel started the attacks.


With Longer Reach, Rockets Bolster Hamas Arsenal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - November 17, 2012 - 12:00am


TEL AVIV — When Israel assassinated the top Hamas military commander in Gaza on Wednesday, setting off the current round of fierce fighting, it was aiming not just at a Palestinian leader but at a supply line of rockets from Iran that have for the first time given Hamas the ability to strike as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.


Israel Girds for Ground Assault in Gaza; Egypt’s Premier Visits
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Alan Cowell, Isabel Kershner, Jodi Rudoren - November 16, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM — After a morning of heavy rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, the Israeli military seemed to be edging closer to a ground invasion of Gaza on Friday, saying forces were “on standby” and “ready to enter should it be decided that a ground operation is necessary.”


Fire continues during Egypt PM visit to Gaza, despite ceasefire
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
November 16, 2012 - 12:00am


GAZA, Nov 16 (Reuters) - A ceasefire that Israel declared for a visit by Egypt's prime minister to the Gaza Strip on Friday collapsed after Palestinians continued cross-border rocket attacks and Israel launched air strikes in the enclave. Rockets fired from Gaza hit several sites in southern Israel shortly after Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrived. The Israeli air force responded with an attack on the house of Hamas's commander for southern Gaza, and a Palestinian was killed in a separate air strike near Gaza City, the Islamist group said.


Hamas, Jihad claimed responsibility for rockets landing near Tel Aviv
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 16, 2012 - 12:00am


GAZA, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- The armed wings of Islamic Hamas movement and Islamic Jihad on Thursday claimed responsibility for firing two Iranian-made Fajr rockets that landed in Jaffa and Rishon Kitzion, south of Israel's Tel Aviv. The two groups said in two separate leaflets emailed to reporters that their militants fired the rockets in response to the killing of Ahmed al-Jaabari, head of the Hamas armed wing, by Israel on Wednesday.


UN agency says one of its teachers killed by Israeli airstrike on Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 16, 2012 - 12:00am


UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- A UN agency working for Palestinian refugees said that one of its teachers was killed in northern Gaza on Thursday by an Israeli airstrike, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here. "The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) says that one of its teachers was killed on Thursday by an Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza," Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here.



American Task Force on Palestine - 1634 Eye St. NW, Suite 725, Washington DC 20006 - Telephone: 202-262-0017