Newspapers Review: New Israeli Settlement in Jerusalem Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 7, 2013 (WAFA) – An Israeli plan to build a new settlement in occupied East Jerusalem was the main story in two of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Wednesday.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam featured this plan as their top front page story due to its possible impact on Palestinian-Israeli negotiations started only last week.

The third daily, al-Hayat al-Jadida, also highlighted this story on its front page but opted to focus its main story and picture on the busy markets on the eve of end of Ramadan Eid al-Fitr holiday, which is expected to start either Thursday of Friday, depending on when the new moon is born.

The same paper and the other dailies said that since the end of Ramadan was not declared in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Muslim officials are calling on the public to monitor the new moon on Wednesday night and if it was visible, then Ramadan will be officially over and Eid al-Fitr will start on Thursday. Otherwise, Muslims will have to fast one more day.

Al-Quds printed a story saying Pope Francis has sent a message of good wishes to Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also printed a story from the French news agency AFP on how Ramadan has revived the market in the old city of Hebron, which is suffering from Israeli army barricades and checkpoints and non-stop harassment by fanatic settlers who live in few enclaves inside the old city.

The paper also printed a story on the current visit for President Abbas to Saudi Arabia and a picture of Abbas and the Saudi monarch, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

Al-Quds reported on grants to the Palestinian people, one amounting to 21.5 million euros from Germany to support municipalities, another from ANERA for $1 million to help farmers in the West Bank, and a third from Qatar for education at Birzeit University.

The paper reported on plans by Israeli fanatics to hold provocative marches outside the gates to al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday demanding to be allowed to hold prayers inside the all-Muslim holy compound.

Al-Ayyam said in a story by its Jerusalem correspondent that the Israeli Supreme Court is going to hold a critical session on September 10 to decide if property in Jerusalem for Palestinians from the West Bank will be considered as “absentee property,” which means the government will be able to seize this property.

The developments in Egypt, Syria and Iraq were also highlighted on the front page of the dailies.

source : WAFA NEWS