Israeli army measures in Gaza, West Bank highlight of dailies

RAMALLAH, The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted different topics in the main front page story in their Wednesday edition.

The main front page story in al-Quds focused on the Palestinian daily protests at the Gaza border with Israel that resulted in the army shooting and injuring of three Palestinians east of Deir al-Balah, as well as the army’s demolition of two rooms in a village south of Hebron in the West Bank.

Al-Ayyam said in its main front page story that army units took measurements of homes in Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, while Israeli settlers intensified their harassment of Palestinians harvesting their olive crops in the West Bank.

It said elsewhere on the front page that six settlers have sealed off thousands of dunums of Palestinian land in the northern Jordan Valley and attacked Palestinian residents in that area.

It said that the Israeli army has intensified its search of a Palestinian alleged to have attacked and killed two Israelis in a West Bank settlement on Sunday.

Al-Hayat al-Hayat opted to highlight the telephone call between President Mahmoud Abbas and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and quoted Abbas saying that negotiations with Israel should be based on the principle of two states on the 1967 lines and Merkel saying that Germany and the European Union stand behind peace based on the two-state solution and expressing concern over the situation in the Gaza Strip.

The paper said in another story that the president of the Arab Parliament urged their German counterpart to recognize the state of Palestine and to support the United Nations Palestine refugee agency, UNRWA.

In other news, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported on the entry of fuel to Gaza paid for by Qatar, while al-Hayat al-Jadida decided to report on this by highlighting Fatah’s response in which it said it will fight any attempt to break off Gaza from the homeland.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said a delegation from the Jewish anti-Zionist orthodox movement, Natori Karta, has visited Khan al-Ahmar on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the condemned village and said that demolishing Khan al-Ahmar will be devastating.

The paper and al-Quds said Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has decided to form a committee to investigate how ownership of a Palestinian property inside Jerusalem’s Old City was transferred to an Israeli settlement group.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported on a Palestinian family from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem which has been detained by Israel and said the army detained the mother and sister from the Abu Srour family and imprisoned them after they were the only two not in prison yet for resisting the occupation.

It said in another story that the head of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, Ahmad Assaf, met with the Russian ambassador to Palestine and discussed developing relations between the official Palestinian media and Russia Today TV station.

The three papers also reported on the resignation of the US ambassador the United Nations, Nikki Haley, as well as reports that the Trump campaign had solicited an Israeli company to smear the Hillary Clinton campaign during the American elections.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency