Newspaper Review: New Israeli Settlement Construction Plan Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, February 25, 2015 (WAFA) – Israel’s plan to build 63,000 new settler units across occupied West Bank settlements hit the front page headlines of three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Quds reported that Israel plans to build 63,000 new settler units, including 15,000 units in East Jerusalem and 10,000 units across isolated settlements. Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the number of settler units to be built is 48,000.

The three dailies also reported in this regard that Israel has issued tenders for the construction of six commercial centers and hotels atop al-Mukabber neighborhood opposite to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

While the new settlement construction tenders and plans featured as the main front page news item in al-Quda and al-Hayat al-Jadida, al-Ayyam opted to highlight the killing of a Palestinian teen in Duheisha refugee camp near Bethlehem.

The three dailies reported in this regard that a Palestinian teen was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces during a raid in the camp.

Concerning Israel’s decision to withhold the Palestinian tax revenues for the third month in a row, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the Palestinian cabinet called on the US Administration to oblige Israel to transfer the funds.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on special ‘repression’ squads of the Israeli Prison Service which have escalated its measures against Palestinian detainees, including assault in Rimon prison.

Concerning a United States federal’s court order that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) pay $218 in remuneration for 10 American families affected by ‘suicide attacks’ in Israel between 2002 and 2004, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Palestinian cabinet expressed ‘disappointment’ over the court decision.

Al-Ayyam quoted PLO Executive Committee member Hanan ‘Ashrawi as stating: “The US court decision emphasizes the need to accede to the International Criminal Court in order to hold Israel accountable.”

‘Ashrawi was also quoted as adding: “All money in all over the world is insufficient to compensate the Palestinian people.”