Newspaper Review: Abbas’ UN General Assembly Speech, Raising Palestinian Flag at UN Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, October 1, 2015 (WAFA) – The speech delivered by President Mahmoud Abbas before the UN General Assembly together with raising the Palestinian flag at the UN for the first time hit the front page headlines of Palestinian daily newspapers.

The three daily newspapers covered Abbas’ speech in their main front page news items.

Abbas was quoted in al-Quds as stating that, ‘we’ cannot continue to be bound by agreements signed with Israel.

He was also reported in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating, that ‘we’ cannot continue to be bound by these agreements which Israel fails to commit to.

He was also quoted in al-Ayyam as stating that Israel must assume all of its responsibilities as an occupying power because the status quo cannot continue.

Abbas was also quoted in al-Hayat al-Jadida as saying that, “Either the Palestinian National Authority will be the conduit of the Palestinian people from occupation to independence, or Israel, the occupying power, must bear all of its responsibilities.”

He was also reported in al-Quds as calling for an international body to supervise ending the Israeli occupation and as calling on the Israeli government to “cease its use of brutal force to impose its plans to undermine ]the Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem[, particularly its actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Furthermore, the three daily newspapers covered the raising of the Palestinian flag at the UN headquarters.

Both al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that the Palestinian flag was raised at the UN for the first time.

Addressing the huge crowd during the ceremony, Abbas was quoted in al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating: “In this historical moment, I say to my people everywhere: raise the flag of Palestinians very high because it is the symbol of our identity.”

The Palestinian cabinet was reported in al-Ayyam as hailing raising the Palestinian flag as “an important step toward asserting Palestinian rights”, while the Palestinian National Council was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as hailing Abbas’ speech as “expressing the national consensus position”.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam covered Israeli government and Hamas’ remarks regarding Abbas’ speech at the UN General Assembly.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Abbas’ speech.

Al-Ayyam explained in this regard that Netanyahu slammed Abbas’ speech as “deceitful” and one “that encourages incitement”.

Covering Israeli settlement activities across the occupied Palestinian Territories, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the Israeli government ‘legalized’ four settlement outposts to the north of Ramallah.

Israeli ‘Defense’ Minister Moshe Yaalon was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as vowing that settlement construction would not be halted.

Moreover, al-Quds and al-Ayyam covered Israeli ongoing restrictions on Palestinians’ access into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli police continued to impose tightened restrictions on Palestinians’ access into the compound, while a total of 166 settlers forced their way into the site.

Al-Ayyam reported that a total of 357 settlers forced their way into compound and that a total of 178 Palestinians were detained by Israeli police.

Al-Quds also reported that a number of Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces across the West Bank and that settlers organized rallies in Nablus and Hebron.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes against the Gaza Strip.

 

 

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