Newspaper Review: Releasing Palestinian Tax Revenues, Arab League Summit Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, March 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israel’s decision to release withheld Palestinian tax revenues together with the Arab League’s summit in Egypt’s resort of Sharm el-Sheikh hit the front page headlines of Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies reported that Israel has decided to release the withheld Palestinian tax revenues, where al-Quds reported that Israel has ‘officially informed’ the Palestinian Authority (PA) about this.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the US and international Quartet welcomed this step.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the Palestinian government refuses that Israel makes any unilateral deductions from the tax revenues and al-Quds quoted Palestinian Finance Ministry sources as saying: “The deductions made by Israel from the tax revenues are not agreed-upon.”

While al-Quds highlighted Israel’s decision to release withheld tax revenues as the main front page news article, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to highlight the Arab League’s summit.

Al-Ayyam reported that the summit would be dominated by the latest developments in Yemen as well as the Palestinian question and forming a joint Arab force.

It quoted President Mahmoud Abbas as stating: “The summit has passed all the resolutions we have sought and we wish they would be implemented.”

He was also quoted in al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating: “We have much to say at the Arab summit and Egypt is capable of leading Arabs to a better ]situation[.”

The three dailies also reported that France would begin pushing for UN security Council’s resolution on Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that the resolution would ‘adopt international parameters’ for settlement of conflict and establishment of Palestinian state.

The three dailies also reported that Israeli occupation authorities have began applying the Israeli Penal Code on the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian Territory.

They also reported that scores of Palestinians were shot, injured and suffocated by tear gas as Israeli occupation forces proceeded to quell peaceful weekly Friday rallies across the West Bank.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli forces handed notices to stop the construction on a concrete factory, an agricultural road and a house in Hebron town of Yatta.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the EU kept Hamas on its terrorism blacklist despite a court decision ordering the removal of Hamas from the list.

Al-Quds revealed Israeli plans for building new settlement units in Jabal Abu Ghneim, also widely known as the East Jerusalem settlement of ‘Har Homa’, and to the northwest of Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam reported senior Hamas official Isma‘il Haniyeh as saying: “Israel has agreed to install a gas pipeline for Gaza power plant.”

It also reported that the International Federation of Human Rights has accused Israel of perpetrating war crimes during the latest onslaught on Gaza.