Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight UN Report Citing War Crimes by Israel, Palestinian Groups

RAMALLAH, June 23, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies Tuesday focused on a report published by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 war on Gaza, which said that both Israel and “Palestinian armed groups” were responsible for violations of international law that could be considered as war crimes.

While Palestinian officials confirmed receiving the report and their intention to thoroughly study it, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned it and renewed accusations of the commission’s former chairman William Schabas of receiving payments from the Palestinian Authority.

On a different note, al-Quds said former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is in active negotiations with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal to reach an end to Israel’s 8-year blockade of Gaza. It said these recent developments regarding the negotiations place Hamas rather than PA, for the first time, as a main actor.

Al-Ayyam said the Israeli authorities warned to intercept the Freedom Flotilla III, which will be bound for Gaza on Wednesday, and asked Greece not to allow the flotilla to use its seaports during the mission, which aims to break the Israeli siege on Gaza.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on Arab member of the Israeli Knesset Basel Ghattas warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the impact of a possible Israeli crackdown on Freedom Flotilla III.

Al-Quds published news on Israeli police arresting six Palestinian women in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Monday.

It said Israeli police stormed the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sawana in Jerusalem and arrested three children for allegedly attacking a settler neighborhood with Molotov cocktails.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that illegal Israeli settlers broke into a Palestinian-owned plant near Salfit in the West Bank and uprooted 70 olive saplings.

Meanwhile, al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Ministry of Agriculture, in an aim to control the inflation in red and white meat prices in the Palestinian market, has set a price after Palestinians took their rage to social platforms and the streets.

It said that Bader Campaign, a youth group calling for a boycott of Israeli products, organized a march in Ramallah against the rising costs of commodities in the West Bank during the holy month of Ramadan.

Al-Quds reported on the health condition of hunger striking prisoner in Israeli jails Khader Adnan, affirming that has significantly deteriorated. Adnan has been hunger striking for 49 days in a row to protest his illegal detention without charge or trial, widely known as, Administrative Detention.

Al-Ayyam said President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his approval of the French proposal put forward by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for reviving peace talks between Palestinians and Israel.