Construction of new colonial settlement in Hebron focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Israel’s approval to construct a new colonial settlement in the heart of the southern West Bank flashpoint city of Hebron dominated the front page headlines in today’s issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Israeli occupation authorities approved the construction of a new settlement outpost in the Palestinian wholesale market complex in Hebron.

The dailies added that the Palestinian presidency condemned the Israeli decision to build the new colonial settlement outpost as a new provocative step that is totally rejected.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported that Palestinians observed general strike in Beit Awwa town, located to the southwest of Hebron city, to mourn the killing of Badawi Khaled Masalmeh.

Masalmeh, 18, was killed by Israeli military gunfire on Saturday night in his hometown of Beit Awwa.

Al-Ayyam added in this regard that Israeli occupation authorities refuse to release the body of Masalmeh.

Al-Quds reported Palestinian Islamic institutions warning that the Israeli decision to install a cable car over Jerusalem’s Old City as a step that would defile the historic landscape of Jerusalem and calling on UNESCO to intervene.

It published a feature story showing that the Israeli concussion bomb dropped on the besieged Gaza Strip cause degradation and desertification of the soil of arable land.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said that President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated his Romanian counterpart on Romania’s National Day.

Member of the PLO Executive Committee Azzam al-Ahmad was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida slamming the new US field hospital to be set up in the northern Gaza Strip as part of a US-Zionist scheme to isolate Gaza and establish a mini-state in it.

In the same vein, al-Ayyam highlighted Palestinian warnings against the gravity of an Israeli plan to build an artificial island off the cost of Gaza.

Al-Ayyam spotlighted Premier Mohammad Shtayyeh’s remarks during his participation in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Shtayyeh was reported underscoring the importance of the unity of Palestine’s people and territory.

Chairman of the PLO’s Refugees Affairs Department Ahmad Abu Holi was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida stressing the importance of coordination among the states hosting Palestinian refugees to face plots against refugees.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Palestinians injured during Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip back in 2006 started to prepare a case in order to prosecute Hamas leaders.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Palestine has the lowest prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

According to al-Quds and al-Ayyam, the head of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, and the secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad, Ziad Nakhala, are expected to arrive to Cairo to discuss calm in Gaza.

Director-General of Palestinian Police in Bethlehem Colonel Tareq al-Hajj was reported in al-Quds confirming police readiness to ensure security during Christmas.

According to al-Quds and al-Ayyam, the Israeli Blue-White party and the Likud failed once again to make a breakthrough in the formation of a unity government.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Israeli police detained two Palestinian teenagers from the Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiyeh.

Al-Ayyam added that a Palestinian teen was injured from Israeli military gunfire in the Nablus-district village of Tel.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency