Dailies highlight Israeli decision on Khan al-Ahmar

RAMALLAH, Monday, The Israeli cabinet’s decision to postpone demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village and the forceful displacement of its approximately 180 residents dominated the front page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Monday.

Al-Quds reported that the Israeli cabinet has decided to postpone the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar for several weeks.

Al-Ayyam reported that Israeli authorities have emphasized their decision to demolish the village, but deferred implementation of the decision for several weeks purportedly to exhaust negotiations to obtain the resident’s consent on the demolition and displacement.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added chairman of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee Walid Assaf announced that he and solidarity activists would remain on alert in the village.

According to the dailies, President Mahmoud Abbas arrived on a three-day official visit to Oman, where his is scheduled to meet Sultan Qaboos.

Moreover, al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that dozens of Palestinians suffocated from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during an overnight raid that triggered confrontations in Azzun town, east of Qalqilia.

They added that Israeli forces ordered a halt on the construction of three houses in al-Walaja village and razed Palestinian-owned lands for settlement expansion in Khallet al-Nahla, northwest and southeast of Bethlehem.

According to al-Quds, several Jerusalemites have asked Jordan’s King Abdullah II to spearhead international efforts to implement UNESCO’s resolutions on occupied Jerusalem.

The dailies said that Israeli occupation authorities have extended the detention of Jerusalem Governor Adnan Ghaith and the head of the Palestinian intelligence in the city Jihad al-Faqeeh.

According to al-Quds, Israel has reopened Karm Abu Salem/Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza and Palestinian Minister of Public Works and Housing Mufid al-Hasayneh paid an inspection visit to the crossing.

With regards to ongoing mass protests along Gaza border, al-Ayyam said that Israeli forces injured five protestors during nighttime confrontations along Gaza’s eastern border.

According to al-Ayyam, UNRWA Employees Union has concluded a final agreement with the UN relief agency bringing the crisis of dismissed employees to an end.

Regionally, the dailies spotlighted Jordan’s decision not to renew two annexes of the 1994 peace treaty with Israel concerning al-Baqura and al-Ghamr, Jordanian territories that has been leased to Israel for 25 years upon signing of the treaty.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency