RAMALLAH, September 25, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli police crackdown on Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem occupied the top section of the front page in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Wednesday.
The papers said the Palestinians were able to block attempts by Jewish extremists to break into al-Aqsa Mosque as they celebrate their holiday.
Palestinians protested outside Damascus Gate against Israeli government support for attempts by the extremists to take over the mosque. Police attacked the protesters and arrested and injured a number of them, said the papers, which printed pictures of the protests and the brutal police crackdown.
The papers also highlighted President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to New York and his meetings with world leaders, including US President Barack Obama.
They highlighted statements Abbas made to a group of leaders of the American Jewish community.
Al-Ayyam said the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on aid to the Palestinians is going to meet in New York on Wednesday.
Al-Quds quoted Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk denying that his movement had anything to do with the violence in the Sinai. He also said that Hamas does not object to return of the Presidential Guards to operate the Rafah crossing with Egypt,
It said in another story that hundreds of settlers have occupied a hilltop in Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, where they said they are going to build a new settlement with more than 500 housing units.