Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlight Rise in Settlers Attacks

RAMALLAH, January 9, 2014 (WAFA) – Al-Quds and al-Ayyam dailies highlighted on their Thursday front page issue the rise in attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank.

It said the attacks were coupled with intensification in army demolition of homes and structures in the Jordan Valley as well as arrest of dozens of people.

Al-Ayyam, which printed a picture of a car vandalized by settlers in the village of Madama on Wednesday, said quoting the Israel rights group, B’Tselem, that the Israeli army provided a cover for the settlers during a raid on the village of Urif in the West Bank.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also highlighted the settlers’ issue on its front page but decided to lead with a story from Amman, Jordan, where President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah held talks on the peace process.

Al-Ayyam also reported on the Abbas-Abdullah meeting and said the two leaders discussed adopting one position regarding ideas presented by US Secretary of State John Kerry. It printed a picture of Abbas and Abdullah during their meeting.

The papers said the Islamic Jihad in Gaza announced that one of its fighters was killed in an Israeli attack on Wednesday in spite of Israeli army denial of any shelling in the area.

The papers also reported on Hamas decision to set free seven Fatah fighters it has held in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Quds quoted Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad saying he is going to Gaza at the request of Abbas and that he was in touch with Hamas leader Ismail Hanyieh regarding this visit. Ahmad is Fatah’s official in charge of the reconciliation talks with Hamas.

The paper also reported on the ongoing conflict between the employees at the United Nations relief agency, UNRWA, and its administration, which has resulted in an open-ended strike in the West Bank that has been going on for more than one month,

It also reported on the conflict between the head of the union of public employees, Bassam Zakarneh, and the minister of labor, Ahmad Majdalani.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Palestine ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jamal al-Jamal, was buried in Ramallah on Wednesday. Jamal was killed in an explosion at his Prague residence in yet unclear circumstances.

The three papers said gunmen in Syria have blocked an attempt to take the sick people out of the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria.