Newspapers Review: Confiscation of Hebron Town’s Land Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, February 12, 2015 (WAFA) – Israel’s announcement that it plans on taking over up to 2,000 dunums belonging to Ash-Shuyukh town to the northeast of Hebron hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies reported that Israeli occupation forces posted warning notices announcing plans to seize 2,000 dunums belonging to Ash-Shuyukh.

The three papers reported as part of the main front page news item that Israeli forces tore down the protest tent village of Bawwabat al-Quds (Gate to Jerusalem) for the fifth time to the east of Abu Dis.

Al-Quds said a stone factory was also demolished in al-Tur and that confrontations broke out between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian locals in Hebron and Jenin, where several Palestinians were detained and injured.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted a story that the West Jerusalem Municipality has hanged a sign reading “Temple Mount” nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Al-Quds reported that 20,000 Arab homes in Jerusalem are listed to be demolished.

Quoting Maariv Israeli daily, al-Quds said Europe is preparing to impose sanctions on Israel in order to force it to resume the bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

It also quoted Palestinian Premier Rami Hamdallah as stating: “We seek to implement several development plans in order to reinforce Jerusalem’s resilience.”

It also reported that PLO Executive Committee member Hanan ‘Ashrawi and Head of Palestinian Intelligence Majed Faraj took witness stand in a New York court in a lawsuit filed against the Palestinian Authority to determine its responsibility in attacks that hit Israel over 10 years ago.

The three dailies highlighted President Mahmoud Abbas meeting both EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels.

Both al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that two Palestinian sister students and another Syrian one were killed by a gunman in a North Carolina in the United States of America.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Palestinian Finance Minister Shukri Bishara who announced some measures would be taken during the next few weeks with the purpose of mitigating the negative consequences of financial pressures gripping PA.