Newspaper Review: Seperation Wall Expansion in Cremisan, France’s Retreat from UNSC Draft Resolution as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, July 8, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli Supreme Court’s approval to build a new section of the separation wall in Cremisan valley near Beit Jala to the south of Jerusalem together with news that France has retreated from submitting a draft resolution on the resumption of peace talks to the UN Security Council hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Covering the Israeli approval to construct a new section of the segregation wall in Cremisan valley in its main front page news item, al-Quds reported that the Israeli Supreme Court has given the Israeli ‘Ministry of Defense’ and army the green light to commence the construction of the wall in Cremisan.

It quoted the attorney representing Beit Jala Municipality and Palestinian residents as saying that they would appeal against the court’s decision.

The same issue was covered in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida.

On the other hand, al-Ayyam covered Minister of Foreign Affairs, Reyad al-Malki’s remarks indicating that France has retreated from submitting a UNSC draft resolution on the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli talks in its main front page news item.

It quoted Malki as stating that, “Paris has backed away from submitting its [peace] initiative, but suggested the formation a negotiations support committee instead.”

Covering the same issue, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat as stating: “Israel has announced its refusal of any French initiative that is based on the two-state solution.”

Covering Israeli forces and settlers’ attacks against Palestinian people and property across the occupied Palestinian Territories, al-Quds reported that Israeli authorities have decided to seize dozens of dunums of land belonging to al-‘Issawiya and Shu‘fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem.

It also reported that Israeli forces have detained six Palestinian fishermen and seized their boats while sailing offshore the coast of Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip.

It also reported that forces also demolished a tent housing the family of Uday Abu Jamal, an East Jerusalemite who along with his cousin, Ghassan, attacked a synagogue in West Jerusalem on November 18 2014 and killed five Israelis, including a police officer.

Forces also stormed the homes belonging to the families of some Palestinians who were killed by Israeli police after being involved in two separate attacks on Israeli targets in Jerusalem in late 2014, namely the home of Ghassan Abu Jamal and the home of Mu‘taz Hijazi, located in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Jabal al-Mukabber and al-Thuri, respectively.

The Family of Palestinian detainee Kahader Adnan, who recently ended his 55-day hunger strike following a deal with Israeli authorities that would see him released on July 12, was reported in al-Ayyam as accusing Israeli occupation authorities of attempting to assassinate Khader.

Al-Ayyam also covered statements made by UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl on annual occasion of the 2014 Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

It reported him as complaining about the very slow pace of Gaza reconstruction and that there are still over 100,000 internally-displaced people.

Al-Quds printed a photo featuring some Palestinian women whose homes were demolished during the 2014 Israeli onslaught in Khuza‘a lifting placards calling for reconstruction of their homes.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias’ official visit to the occupied Palestinian Territories.

It reported that during his meeting with Kotzias, President Mahmoud Abbas stated that the Palestinian option is to bring about a just peace.

Both newspapers quoted Israeli daily Haartez as reporting that Vatican has refused to give Israel details of the accord signed with Palestine.