Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlighted Abbas’ Visit to Sweden

RAMALLAH, February 11, 2015 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas’ official visit to Sweden hit the main front page headlines of three Arabic Palestinian dailies.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Abbas inaugurated the Embassy of Palestine, conferred the Order of Merit on five Swedish figures and signed multiple cooperation agreements.

Al-Ayyam reported that the Nordic state pledged additional financial support for the State of Palestine, while al-Hayat al-Jadida added that the signed cooperation agreement would provide funding for the building of state institutions.

Abbas was quoted in al-Ayyam stating: “Israel’s policies would not bring peace or security.” He was also quoted in al-Hayat al-Jadida saying: “Israel should understand and start to implement the Arab Peace Initiative.”

Al-Quds added in this regard that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven pledged the allocation of 159 million Euros in new aid for Palestinians.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam printed a photo featuring Abbas in a speech during a press conference with Löfven. Al-Hayat al-Jadida printed a photo featuring him inaugurating the new headquarters of the embassy.

While Abbas’ visit made it as the main front page news item in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida, al-Quds highlighted the demolition of Palestinian houses in Jerusalem.

The three dailies reported that Israeli occupation forces demolished a Palestinian house and handed notices to demolish three others in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted Israeli settlers’ continuous attempts to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that forces broke into the protest tent village of Bawwabat al-Quds (Gate to Jerusalem) to the east of Abu Dis.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that forces razed large tracts of Palestinian-owned land in the Bethlehem village of Artas.

The three dailies reported that Mayor of Marj Ibn ‘Amer villages, ‘Adnan ‘Atif Abu al-Rub, 57, was shot and injured by a masked gunman.

It also reported that Israeli occupation authorities have prevented the restoration of al-Baraka mosque in Hebron city.

Concerning the situation in the Gaza Strip, al-Quds reported that the United Nations has called for the Gaza blockade to be lifted and the Rafah border crossing to be open.

Al-Ayyam published that the scheduled visit of the PLO delegation to Gaza has been postponed as a result of Hamas’ insistence on obtaining answers to the issue of public servants who have been employed since 2007.

Al-Quds reported that a recent opinion poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion revealed that 60% of Palestinians oppose the dissolution of the PA.

Meanwhile, Al-Ayyam said that as a result of settlement construction, Israel expects that more European sanctions would be imposed on settlements after the upcoming Knesset elections.

Internationally, al-Quds reported that the Los Angeles University has boycotted Israel despite a counter AIPAC-funded Zionist public relations campaign.

Concerning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled visit and speech at the Congress, al-Ayyam reported that two prominent US senators have decided to skip Benjamin Netanyahu’s expected speech at the Congress.