Newspapers Review: Abbas’ Visit to Algeria, House Demolitions in Jerusalem Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, December 23, 2014 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas’ official visit to Algeria as well as the demolition of structures and demolition orders in Jerusalem district hit the front page headlines of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that four residential structures owned by Bedouins were demolished by Israeli forces in al-Eizariya to the east of Jerusalem and that demolition orders were handed to residents in the Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur.

While al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted the demolitions as their front page news item, al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to give prominence to President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to Algeria.

It reported that Abbas urged the Arab and Muslim nations to support Palestinians of Jerusalem and reinforce their steadfastness.

Al-Quds quoted Abbas declaring that a joint Palestinian-Algerian ministerial committee has been formed.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that Abbas conducted talks with his Algerian counterpart on supporting the Palestinian statehood bid in the United Nations Security Council.

With regard to the situation in the West Bank, particularly East Jerusalem, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that around 68 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound and arrested three guards and six young men.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Quds reported that five young men were shot and injured by Israeli forces as settlers stormed Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp in Nablus.

Al-Quds also reported that Israeli Income Tax Department and Municipality personnel jointly with police raided Palestinian stores in the Old City and assaulted a restaurant owner in Khan al-Zait market.

With regard to the Palestinian statehood bid, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki as stating: “The Palestinian draft resolution submitted to the UNSC emphasizes East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.”

Al-Ayyam reported that al-Malki urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to assume their responsibilities for Jerusalem.

Al-Quds also reported in this regard that jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi urged the Palestinian leadership to ‘comprehensively and immediately review’ the draft resolution.

The three dailies reported that Premier Rami Hamdallah has formed a committee to take charge of the Gaza border crossings.

The three dailies also reported that the Interpol would hand a Palestinian fugitive accused of embezzling INS 45 million to the Palestinian Authority.

Meanwhile, Al-Quds quoted Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq: “We are still calling for bringing about reconciliation.”

Al-Ayyam reported that a consultative meeting will be held by the Arab League Wednesday to discuss the latest developments of the Palestinian issue.

It also reported that Israeli bulldozers, protected by police, razed lands belonging to Ibtin village near Haifa for the construction of a main highway.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam reported on a New York rally which called for boycotting Israel for being complicit in human rights violations.