Newspaper Review: Abbas’ Remarks during Egypt’s Investment Conference Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, March 14, 2015 (WAFA) – Remarks made by President Mahmoud Abbas during his meeting with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and US Secretary of State John Kerry  at the sidelines of the three-day investment conference at Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh resort hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies quoted Abbas as stating: “There is no alternative but to re-evaluate the security and economic relations with Israel, so that the Palestinian Authority would restore its role in building and ending the occupation.”

Abbas was also quoted by al-Quds as stating: “A stable and secure Egypt would serve as a fulcrum for regional peace and security.”

He was also quoted by al-Hayyat al-Jadida as stating: “Egypt can overcome all challenges and would remain the nation’s bulwark.”

The three dailies printed a photo featuring Abbas’ meeting with el-Sissi, Abduallah II and Kerry on the sidelines of the conference.

The three dailies also reported that dozens of Palestinians, including a minor from the Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah, were shot and injured as Israeli occupation forces proceeded to crush weekly Friday rallies across the West Bank.

Al-Quds printed a photo featuring a Palestinian young man confronting Israeli soldiers during the Friday rally in the Nablus village of Kufr Qaddoum.

Al-Ayyam printed a photo featuring a Palestinian minor being detained by Israeli soldiers in the Friday rally in the Ramallah village of Nabi Saleh.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida printed another photo showing a Palestinian minor shortly after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the al-Jalazun refugee camp.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida added in this regard that Palestinian residents of Jerusalem confronted the Israeli Jerusalem Marathon aimed at ‘Judaizing’ the city.

Al-Quds further reported that 16 Palestinians were rendered homeless after their house was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in the Jerusalem village of Beit Iksa.

It also reported that the Israeli ‘mafia’ of archeology (referring to the Israeli Antiquities Authority) has been stealing archeological artifacts from an archeological site dating back to the Byzantine era in the Naqab village of al-Hura.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that a Palestinian young man was injured after being assaulted by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem.