Newspaper Review: President’s Remarks in Tunisia, Last Census of Palestinians Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 13, 2015 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks indicating that ending the Israeli occupation is a prerequisite for peace together with the findings of the latest census of Palestinians conducted by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) just three days before the Nakba is commemorated, are the two items that hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Speaking during a press conference with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis, President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted in the three dailies as stating: “It would be impossible to achieve peace unless the Israeli occupation is ended.” This news item in particular featured as the main front page items in al-Hayat al-Jadida.

The three dailies also reported the PCBS as saying the results of the latest census reveal that the Palestinian population worldwide has totaled 12.1 million, increasing nine-fold.

Covering latest Israeli settlers and forces’ practices across the West Bank, al-Quds reported in its main front page item that Israeli settlers continued to force their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound.

It also reported that Israeli forces demolished a structure in the Ramallah town of Silwad and handed demolition notices for two residential tents in Khirbet Susiya in the southern Hebron hills.

The dailies highlighted Palestinian rallies and events commemorating the 67th anniversary of the Nakba, the Palestinian forced exodus following the establishment of the State of Israel and depopulation of 400 Palestinian towns and villages.

Al-Ayyam reported that Palestinian refugees commemorated the anniversary of the Nakba on the armistice line running through their original village of Al-Walaja, which was depopulated in 1948.

Palestinian cabinet was reported in al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida as calling on Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza Strip to take part in the commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the Nakba.

The cabinet was quoted in al-Quds as stating: “The Palestinian people are more determined to consolidate the foundations and pillars of the future Palestinian state.”

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported an Israeli military major general as saying: “Israel and Hamas have common interests,” and the continued rule by Hamas is necessary and in the interest of Israel.