Newspaper Review: Egypt Government Appeals Listing Hamas as Terrorist Group

RAMALLAH, March 12, 2015 (WAFA) – The Egyptian government’s challenging of a Cairo court’s ruling designating the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, as a terror group made headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Thursday.

Egypt’s State Lawsuits Authority, the government’s legal arm, appealed on Wednesday a ruling by Cairo’s Court for Urgent Matters labeling Hamas as a “terrorist” organization. The decision was welcomed by Hamas.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida focused on a decision made by the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, to build 49 settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat quoted remarks by UNRWA’s Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl, who said that the humanitarian crisis in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria has seriously worsened in recent months.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Israeli military veterans, who said during a Tel Aviv conference that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a real threat to Israel’s security.

The three dailies said the Palestine Power Generation Co. (PPGC) has cancelled a 20-year gas supply contract worth $1.2 billion, signed in January 2014 with the joint American-Israeli Leviathan Energy LLC.

Al-Quds quoted Deputy Chairman of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzouk, who said that Hamas has received Israeli proposals on a long term ceasefire, primarily aiming to enforce a de facto division between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, a matter which his group rejects.

Al-Ayyam and al-Quds said Israeli police officers and Jewish fanatics once again broke into al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, provoking Muslim worshippers.