Newspapers Review: Japan Prime Minister’s Visit Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, January 21, 2015 (WAFA) – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official visit to the occupied Palestinian Territory hit the front pages headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds reported that President Mahmoud Abbas commended Japan’s role in supporting the Palestinian people and quoted him as stating: “Neither settlements nor collective punishment, tax revenues’ freeze or racial discrimination against the Palestinian people would nourish peace in the region.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Abe as pledging $100 million in financial contribution to Gaza reconstruction.

Al-Ayyam dubbed the visit as ‘a Palestinian-Japanese summit that involved discussing the political situation and bilateral relations’ and quoted Abbas as stating: “Israel has to choose between making peace and settlement construction.”

The three dailies printed a photo of Abbas and Abe during their joint press release at the Presidential headquarter in Ramallah.

The three dailies also reported that the Jerusalem Municipality demolished a house in Jerusalem. Al-Quds added that it has postponed the demolition of another house in Issawiya town to the north of the city.

They also reported that they also demolished residential structures, stores and livestock barns in Hebron district. Both al-Quds and al-Ayyam added that demolition notices were delivered for 30 houses and structures in the Jordan Valley.

The three dailies also reported that the Palestinian citizens of Israel announced a general strike protesting the killing of two young men by Israeli police.

Al-Ayyam said a Palestinian minor was run over and detained by police during the ongoing clashes in Rahat.

Both al-Quds and al-Ayyam printed different photos for Palestinian marchers chanting slogans protesting the recent killing of two young men in Rahat.

Regarding the cabinet’s weekly session, both al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on the cabinet saying: “We have acceded to [International Criminal Court] to insure that the values of international justice and observed and international law is implemented.”

They also said that the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on Gaza has visited Jordan and listened to the casualties’ testimonies.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted a United States Senator as threatening to cut US aid if Palestinians file any lawsuits against Israel at ICC.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam reported that thousands of turkeys infected with bird flu in Jenin and Qalqilya districts would be culled.

Al-Ayyam reported that Physicians for Human Rights issued the first-of-its-kind report No Safe Placeabout the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza.