Anti-rocket school protects Israeli kids near Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Aron Heller - August 27, 2012 - 12:00am

For the first time in years, the children of Sderot can study in peace. Living under a constant threat of rocket fire from militants in the nearby Gaza Strip, their schooldays were often interrupted by mad dashes to bomb shelters. But on Monday, they started the school year safe from attack in a new, fortified, rocket-proof school building.

Hamas security source says three Gazans aid Sinai assailants
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 23, 2012 - 12:00am

A Hamas security source said Thursday investigations indicated that three people from the Gaza Strip were involved in the deadly attack against Egyptian soldiers earlier this month in the Sinai Peninsula. The three Palestinians are members of extremist Salafi groups and their whereabouts are unknown, the source said. "Their involvement in the attack was marginal and it is no more than providing technical help," the sources said, adding that most of the assailants were Egyptians and other nationals.

US Scholars: Designate Israeli Extremists as Terrorists
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Laura Rozen - August 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Amid a rising spate of Jewish extremist violence in Israel and the occupied West Bank, two prominent US Middle East scholars are urging the United States to officially designate as terrorists those Israeli extremists who perpetrate terrorist violence against Palestinian civilians, Israeli citizens and even moderate elements of the settler movement.

Israeli vice PM condemns "outrageous" attacks by Jews on Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 19, 2012 - 12:00am

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday condemned as terrorism last week's Jewish gang attack on several Palestinians in downtown Jerusalem, and a suspected Jewish firebombing of a vehicle in the West Bank. "The hate crimes committed over the weekend against Arabs in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and Jerusalem are intolerable, outrageous and must be firmly dealt with," he said in a statement Sunday.

PM to Abbas: Israel will catch firebomb assailants
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Hassan Shaalan - August 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday and offered his greetings for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Netanyahu promised that Israel will spare no effort in bringing those behind the firebomb assault against Palestinians to justice.

Hamas arrests terrorist behind June border attack
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Elior Levy - August 18, 2012 - 12:00am

The Hamas government's security forces have arrested a terrorist who was responsible in part for the attack that killed an Israeli civilian working on Israel's southern border fence in June.

Militants fire on Egyptian troops in Sinai, 4 hurt
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Ashraf Sweilam - August 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Militants attacked Egypt's security forces and wounded four policemen in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday, in the tenth day of clashes since 16 soldiers were killed in the volatile borderland near Israel and the Gaza strip earlier this month. The troops were returning from an early morning raid where they had arrested two suspects in their homes when militants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at their convoy as it was driving along a major road, a security official said.

Israel: Firebomb attack wounds 6 Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
August 17, 2012 - 12:00am

The Israeli military says six Palestinians have been wounded in a suspected firebomb attack in the West Bank. The six were traveling in a taxi Thursday night when the firebomb was allegedly thrown into the car. The military suspects Jewish extremist to be behind the attack. Extremist settlers often attack Palestinians and their property in a campaign they call "price tag." It's meant to retaliate for either army action against settlers or Palestinian attacks. Several more firebombs were hurled earlier Thursday toward settler vehicles in the West Bank.

The Rise of Settler Terrorism
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Affairs
by Daniel Byman, Natan Sachs - (Opinion) August 14, 2012 - 12:00am

Late this past June, a group of Israeli settlers in the West Bank defaced and burned a mosque in the small West Bank village of Jabaa. Graffiti sprayed by the vandals warned of a "war" over the planned evacuation, ordered by the Israeli Supreme Court, of a handful of houses illegally built on private Palestinian land near the Israeli settlement of Beit El.

Sinai's Invisible War
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Mohamed Fadel Fahmy - (Opinion) August 13, 2012 - 12:00am

Over the weekend, Mohamed Morsy cleaned house. Following weeks of deadlock with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Egypt's first popularly elected president finally stepped out of the military's shadow, sacking a laundry list of top generals, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, and annulling a controversial military decree that curbed the president's powers.

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