Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlight Army Attack on Aid Convey

RAMALLAH, September 21, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli army attack on an international aid convoy carrying humanitarian supplies to residents of Khirbet Makhoul in the Jordan Valley was the main front page story in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Saturday.

The papers printed pictures of a French diplomat the army unit threw to the ground in their effort to seize the truck carrying the supplies.

The papers also focused on the upcoming meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee that meets periodically to discuss financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.

They reported on the trip Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is going to make to New York to attend the AHLC meeting and his efforts to bring $500 million in budget support to help the PA overcome its deficit.

Al-Ayyam said the PA is going to address the donors and tell them that chances for a two-state solution are fading quickly because of Israel’s settlement activities.

The papers also reported on the weekly anti-settlements, anti-wall protests in various West Bank villages and which the Israeli army usually attacks with force causing several injuries.

Al-Quds said US President Barack Obama is going to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday in New York, where the two leaders are going to be present for the opening sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.

The paper included several stories of Israeli measures in the occupied territories, including the army informing landowners in the village of Kharas in the West Bank to leave their land, which will be seized, and of Israeli settlers breaking into Solomon Pools area in Bethlehem in an attempt to take control of this historical place located next to the Palestinian convention center.

Al-Quds also said the Egyptian authorities informed the Palestinians that Rafah crossing with Gaza will be closed indefinitely.

It also said in a different story that Abbas ordered immediate assistance to Palestinian residents of Qurami neighborhood in Jerusalem’s Old City, whose homes are facing closure by the Israelis under the pretext they are about to collapse, and al-Zir family from Silwan, an East Jerusalem neighborhood, who had to live in a cave after the Israelis demolished its home.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Hamas was distributing smuggled fuel to its members in Gaza.