Newspapers Review: Barcelona Visit to Palestine, Peace Talks Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 4, 2013 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies Sunday highlighted three news stories which are Barcelona Football team visit to Palestine, the Peace talks and the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners.

Al-Ayyam reported on FC Barcelona football team’s visit to the West Bank, during which the team met with president Mahmoud Abbas, visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and later held a clinic for local children in Hebron.

The paper printed photo of the Barcelona’s star Lionel Messi coaching a number of Palestinian girls in uniform in a training session at the Dura stadium.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida front page headline read: “President receives FC Barcelona: Next time, you will come to celebrate peace.”

Al-Quds highlighted the Palestinian Leadership confirming that it will not accept any interim solutions and will put all files on the [negotiations] table.”

Al-Ayyam headline read: “America looks towards a peace agreement by the end of April,” and said: “The release of 26 of pre-Oslo accords prisoners on August 13.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida noted that 26 prisoners will be released to form the first of four stages of releasing Palestinian prisoners as a “gesture of goodwill.”

source : WAFA NEWS