Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight EU Criticism of Israel’s Settlement Activities

RAMALLAH, March 22, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted on Sunday a European Union report, warning that Jerusalem has reached a dangerous boiling point of “polarization and violence” not seen since the end of the Second Intifada (uprising) in 2005.

Al-Quds said the report warned of a very likely outburst and called for tougher sanctions on Israel for its incessant settlement construction and expansion.

Al-Ayyam said EU Consuls in Israel sharply slammed the country’s crackdown on the city’s native Palestinian population last year, as well as Israeli settlement expansion and sanctions in the city.

The paper also quoted analysts’ reports saying that US President Barack Obama was not in a rush to ease recent tensions in his relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said a Palestinian girl was injured with a stone in the head, after Israeli settlers attacked her near the town of Yatta in the northern Hebron district.

Al-Hayat and al-Ayyam said Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian Authority will continue its diplomatic path against Israel, not as a reaction to the Israeli election results, but as a strategy per se.

Al-Quds said two Palestinian women were recently tortured to death in a Syrian prison, as the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year in a row.