Daily News Issue Date: 
October 2, 2008

Israel’s top general in the West Bank acknowledges that ‘hundreds’ of settlers in the area have engaged in violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers (1) (5). Israeli Professor Zeev Sternhell blames “Jewish terrorists” for the recent pipe bomb attack on his home (2). Results from a new poll by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion show Palestinians continuing to favor current president Mahmoud Abbas for another term over Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh (3). The IDF evacuates a settlement in the northern West Bank (6) (9). Speculation about the possibility of a third intifada is leaked from Fatah sources (7).

'Hundreds join' settler violence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
October 1, 2008 - 8:00pm

Hundreds of settlers are engaged in violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, the senior Israeli commander in the West Bank has said. Majr-Gen Gadi Shamni said diverting military resources to deal with settlers impaired the army's ability to carry out operations against militants. A recent UN report recorded 222 acts of settler violence in the first half of 2008 compared with 291 in all of 2007. Palestinians have long complained of settler harassment and intimidation. They have also complained the Israeli military does little to stop or restrain the settlers.

How I became a target for Israel's 'Jewish terrorists'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
October 1, 2008 - 8:00pm

Zeev Sternhell is careful about his choice of words when he unhesitatingly calls the pipe bomb which exploded outside his front door last week "an act of Jewish terrorism." As a Holocaust survivor orphaned by the age of seven and a combat veteran of Israel's wars, Professor Sternhell, 73, who was lucky to have only been injured in the leg by flying shrapnel from the bomb, is "horrified" not for himself but because it might have hit his wife, daughter his grandchildren on one of their sleepovers, or their neighbours. "It was a terror act because they couldn't know who would have been hit."

Palestinians Pick Abbas Over Haniyeh
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Angus Reid Global Monitor
September 23, 2008 - 8:00pm

Few people are ready to elect Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to run the Palestinian Authority, according to a poll by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO). If Haniyeh ran for the presidency against Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, Haniyeh would get 24.8 per cent of the vote, while Abbas would garner 46.6 per cent. In a different scenario, Haniyeh would also lose with 25.7 per cent of the vote against 48 per cent for Marwan Barghouthi, a Fatah member currently serving time in an Israeli jail.

NY judge OKs lawsuit seeking damages from PLO for terror acts in Israel against US citizens
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Larry Neumeister - September 29, 2008 - 8:00pm

The Palestine Liberation Organization can't win dismissal of a lawsuit by victims of bombings in Israel by claiming the attacks were acts of war rather than terrorism, a judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge George Daniels said the 2004 lawsuit on behalf of victims and their families can proceed toward trial. It seeks up to $3 billion in damages from attacks between January 2001 and February 2004.

Israeli general says settler violence increasing
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Jeffrey Heller - October 1, 2008 - 8:00pm

Hundreds of Jewish settlers are engaged in violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers who get in their way, Israel's top general in the occupied West Bank said in remarks published on Thursday. "In the past, only a few dozen individuals took part in such activity but today that number has grown into the hundreds. That's a very significant change," Major-General Gadi Shamni said in an interview with the Haaretz newspaper.

Israel evacuates illegal settlement in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
December 31, 1969 - 8:00pm

Israeli occupation forces on Thursday forced Jewish settlers out of an illegal settlement in northern West Bank, Israel Radio said. This came following confrontations between Israeli forces and Jewish settlers, who pelted stones at the former, but no casualties were reported, it said. Jewish settlers also set ablaze nearby farmland close to Qalqylia. They have recently stepped up their aggressions on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank.

Third Palestinian Uprising Possible
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Middle East Times
by Cherrie Heywood - October 1, 2008 - 8:00pm

A senior Palestinian politician and member of Fatah, the largest faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization affiliated with the Palestinian Authority (PA) of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has warned of the possibility of a third Palestinian uprising or Intifada. Kadoura Fares, a leader of the Palestinian peace coalition, demanded at a conference in Tel Aviv on the Geneva Initiative last week, that Abbas or Abu Mazen as he is better known, halt peace talks with Israel citing a lack of progress on the ground.

PA, Hamas mutually release prisoners
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - October 1, 2008 - 8:00pm

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday ordered the release of 40 Hamas members from PA prisons in the West Bank as a "goodwill gesture" to the Islamic movement on the occasion of the Muslim feast of Id al-Fitr. Palestinian Authority... The decision came two days after Hamas released 30 Fatah members who were being held in its prisons in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas government said that move was also a "goodwill gesture" for the Muslim holiday.

Settlers cleared from West Bank outpost; Palestinian olive grove set on fire
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Erfat Weiss - October 1, 2008 - 8:00pm

IDF forces and Civil Administration officials Thursday morning cleared settlers from the northern West Bank outpost of Shvut Ami, and two hours later a nearby olive grove belonging to Palestinians from the village of Kadum was set on fire. Former Kedumim Council head Daniela Weiss arrived at the scene and was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer. Investigators later reported that two suspects of the arson had been found hiding in her home. Both are 25-year-old settlers, one from Hebron and one from Adi-Ad.

Egypt to host 'Annapolis 2' peace summit in November
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - October 1, 2008 - 8:00pm

An international summit is to be held in Egypt in November, with representatives from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the members of the Quartet - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. According to a senior official in Jerusalem, the Israeli and PA participants will brief the Quartet over progress made in the ongoing peace talks.

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