Newspaper Review: Reopening of Hebron Stores, Calm Deal in Gaza Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 16, 2015 (WAFA) – The reopening of dozens of Palestinian stores that were closed by Israel under a military order for 21 years in the old city of Hebron together with reports about a Qatari-drawn proposal for a long-term clam between Gaza and Israel were featured as the main news articles in the three Arabic Palestinian dailies.

Covering the reopening of Hebron stores in one of their front page news items, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the city of Hebron celebrated the reopening of 70 stores in Sahla Street, which were closed over the past 21 years in the wake of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in 1994.

Al-Quds reported that senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq has left the Gaza Strip to the Qatari capital, Doha, where he is scheduled to discuss with Hamas chief Khaled Mashal reaching a clam deal with Israel.

This issue also hit the front page headlines of al-Ayyam. The daily reported on several sources confirming that a long-term calm deal between Israel and Hamas is expected to be accomplished.

Al-Quds highlighted in its main front page news item that Presidential Advisor for Economic Affairs Mohammad Mustafa has launched a preliminary initiative in order to reinforce and support the economic and political paths and enhance the prospects of independence.

It is worth noting that this initiative was lunched as part of an economic conference jointly held by the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP).

Reporting on the religious tourism conference that was organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, al-Quds quoted Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah addressing the attendees: “Israel has been targeting our ]Palestinian[ historical, religious and archeological sites and preventing us from rehabilitating them.”

Al-Quds also reported that [over 250[ olive saplings were uprooted and an agricultural structure was demolished by Israeli forces in the Bethlehem village of Husan.

Slamming the call made by President Mahmoud Abbas during the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg, urging state leaders to advocate labeling of Israeli settlements’ products, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reported in al-Ayyam as claiming that Abbas’ call is not a language of peace.

Covering the joint Arab and French efforts to submit a UN Security Council draft resolution setting a deadline for ending Israeli occupation and establishing independent Palestinian state, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Arab League’s Ministerial Committee is scheduled to meet with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to discuss the draft resolution to be submitted to the UNSC.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Makarim Wibisono, was barred entry into the occupied Palestinian Territories by Israel. This news item hit the front page headlines in al-Hayat al-Jadida.

Al-Ayyam reported on UNRWA as announcing that it plans to construct 6,000 homes in Gaza during the next two years and cover rent payments at the beginning of the Muslims’ fasting month of Ramadan.

Both newspapers reported that a Palestinian home was demolished for the second time and the homeowner was detained by Israeli authorities, sparking clashes in Kafr Kanna village.