Israeli Approval of Settler Units in Illegal West Bank Settlements Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, April 14, 2016 (WAFA) – Israel’s approval of the construction of hundreds of new settler units in West Bank settlements hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ‘Defense’ Minister Moshe Yaalon has approved the construction of hundreds of settler units in West Bank settlements.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted the upcoming summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Istanbul for the Islamic summit.

Al-Quds reported that the summit would announce an important document on the Question of Palestine, while al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the Question of Palestine and supporting Al-Aqsa Mosque compound would be listed as an item on the summit’s agenda.

Highlighting Abbas’ interview with Sputnik News, al-Ayyam reported him as calling on Russia to play a key role in the efforts aimed to end the Israeli occupation and achievement of peace.

Al-Ayyam reported Secretary-General of PLO Executive Committee Saed Erekat as calling on the international community to support Palestinian efforts to bring the Israeli occupation to an end.

Furthermore, al-Hayat al-Jadida covered a meeting held by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with donors in Ramallah to discuss the challenges to Gaza reconstruction.

Hamdallah was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as demanding the international community to take action to protect the Palestinian people and bring relief to Gaza.

Al-Quds reported that Belgium condemned Israeli forces’ demolition of a Belgium-funded children’s garden in the Nablus village of Zaatara and remained committed to oblige Israel to pay compensations.

It also reported that 20 Palestinian students suffocated as Israeli forces showered a primary girls’ school with tear gas canisters in the Jenin village of Jaba’.

It also reported that Israeli settlers from Ariel settlement leveled Palestinian land belonging to Bruqin town, west of Salfit city.

Al-Ayyam reported that Israeli settlers stormed Khirbet Tana village, southeast of Nablus, a stole a horse belonging to a local Palestinian.

Regarding the ban of the products of five Palestinian food production companies into Jerusalem and Israel issued by Israeli Agriculture Ministry in March, al-Quds reported that Israeli Supreme Court froze than ban on the products Palestinian Hamoda company for dairy products.

Finally, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli authorities allegedly punished a group of soldiers after they torched the flag of Palestine at Awarta checkpoint, south of Nablus.