Newspaper Review: President’s Remarks on UN Vote in Favor of Raising Palestinian Flag Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 12, 2015 (WAFA) –President Mahmoud Abbas’ praise of the United Nations General Assembly’s vote in favor of raising the Palestinian flag at its headquarters in New York by an overwhelming majority hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Highlighting Abbas’ remarks in their main front page news article, the three daily newspapers quoted Abbas as hailing the vote as “an important step toward supporting the Palestinian cause.”

He was also reported in al-Quds and al-Ayyam as expressing hopes that the Palestinian flag would be raised over Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state.

He was also reported in al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida as vowing that Israeli plans regarding the temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem would not be tolerated.

He was also reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating that the EU has taken two important decisions regarding the Palestinian cause and that Israel has “undermined” all agreements signed with the Palestinians side since the Oslo Accords.

Al-Quds also reported in this regard that the UN vote was “widely welcomed” and hailed as an “important symbolic step” by the Palestinian factions.

Meanwhile, the European Unions’ member states were divided between showing support for and rejecting the aforementioned UN resolution; al-Ayyam reported that 10 EU states voted in favor of the move, while the rest of the EU states, compromising of 18 member states, voted against it.

Furthermore, the violent quelling of weekly and peaceful Friday marches across the West Bank by Israeli forces hit the front page headlines in Palestinian daily newspapers.

The three dailies reported that Israeli forces quelled weekly Friday marches that celebrated the UN’s decision in favor of raising the Palestinian flag.

The three dailies also reported that dozens of Palestinians suffocated during clashes that erupted after Israeli forces and settlers assaulted Palestinians in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported that Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mesha‘al has arrived to Turkey in order to attend the Justice and Development party’s conference.

It reported senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq as stating that Hamas is planning to visit Russia and that no deal has been reached with Israel on consolidating the ceasefire.

He was also reported in al-Ayyam as calling Cairo to resume its mediation role and affirming that all initiatives on consolidating Gaza ceasefire has not yielded the desired result.

Moreover, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the US and Israel are weeks away from reaching a draft agreement regarding the co-production of Israel’s air defense system known as “David’s Sling” that the two counties developed together.

Referring to a report published by the Israeli daily, haartez, al-Quds also reported that the “hate slogans” scrawled in the four arson attacks perpetrated by Jewish terrorist suspects across the West Bank – starting with the arson attack against the Catholic convent of Latrun and the latest arson attack against Dawabsha’s house in the Nablus village of Duma – indicate that they were perpetrated by the same members of a “Jewish terror cell”.

It also reported the Israeli weekly newspaper of “Yeroushalaim” as revealing that the “Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem” has levied huge sums of money as fines from Palestinians.

Regionally, the three dailies highlighted the crash of a massive construction crane into Mecca’s Grand Mosque.

They reported that at least 87 people died and 180 others injured when the massive crane fell at the Grand Mosque.

They also reported the Palestinian Health Ministry and Waqf (Islamic Endowment) and Religious Affairs Minister Yousef Id‘is as confirming that no Palestinian pilgrim was injured.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decried the EU Parliament’s decision to put labels on consumer goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

Finally, al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Israeli ‘Defense’ Minister Moshe Yaalon has been “evading” his previous remarks that the Israeli intelligence knows who is behind the Duma arson attack, which claimed the lives of three family members, including a toddler, saying that there was not enough evidence to convict the suspects. He was quoted as stating that Israeli security services would not indict perpetrators, because doing so could expose government intelligence sources.