Newspaper Review: Abbas’ Visit to South Africa, Israel’s Collective Punishments against Palestinians Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, November 27, 2014 – (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to South Africa together with the Israeli occupation’s collective punishment against the Palestinians, especially those resisting occupation in occupied East Jerusalem, hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Here are the front page headlines of the dailies.


–          President Mahmoud Abbas: Solving the Palestinian question will have positive impacts on the entire world.

–          Israeli occupation authorities impose a set of arbitrary measures and tightened collective ‘sanctions’ against the Palestinians, including a new draft law to quell resistance.

–          Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah: The government is committed to rebuilding Gaza and unifying homeland institutions.

–          The order to demolish the houses of Mu‘taz Hijazi and Ibrahim al-‘Akari is put on hold.

–          The United Nations adopts by an overwhelming majority five draft resolutions in favor of Palestine.

–          EU calls for the resumption of direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel.

–          Former Mossad Chief Shabtai Shavit: The Zionist project headed for collapse, Gaza ‘war’ indicates that Israel is strategically blind.

–          Israeli Internal Security Ministry moves to outlaw Palestinian guards stationed inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque Complex around the clock known as Mourabitoun, [an Arabic term used to describe those who protect Muslim holy sites].

–          Israeli authorities intend to bury Ghassan and Udayy Abu Jamal, who attacked the West Jerusalem synagogue, in the cemetery of numbers; [The Palestinian bodies are buried in graves which hold numbers and not names; these cemeteries are referred to as “Numbered Graves.” Each number has a file containing information and data about the dead Palestinian].

–          Haaretz: The residency (blue Israeli-issued ID card) continues to be revoked from Jerusalemites who were involved in ‘operations’ [against Israelis] since 2005.



–          During talks with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma, President [Mahmoud Abbas] states: solving the Palestinian question would strip extremists of their pretexts.

–          Pretoria [city in South Africa] calls for a ‘complete cessation’ of Israeli settlement construction.

–          Israel: Recognizing Palestinian state by states has become as a rolling snowball [continues to grow and expand].

–          Israeli occupation forces announce arresting a ‘cell’ that allegedly opened fire from Bethlehem.

–          An Israeli eight-step plan is devised to quell the outburst in Jerusalem, a decision is taken to revoke the residency of ]Nadia Abu Jamal[, the widow of one of the two Palestinians who carried out the recent synagogue attack.

–          Mufti slams the Israeli bill to outlaw the Mourabitoun in the Al-Aqsa Mosque as an attempt to outlaw all Muslim worshippers.

–          Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defends the “Jewish State’ bill amidst a tidal wave of criticism in Israel.

–          Israeli occupation authorities intend to bury Ghassan and Udayy Abu Jamal in the cemetery of numbers, a petition will be submitted Thursday against the demolition of Abu Jamal’s houses.

–          The order to demolish the houses of Mu‘taz Hijazi and Ibrahim al-‘Akari is put on hold until Monday.

–          The most renowned Palestinian architects who designed late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and poet Mahmoud Darwish’s tombs and museums, passes away.


Al-Hayat al-Jadida

–          President Mahmoud Abbas: We will continue our efforts to lay the foundations of security and stability for everybody.

–           European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini: The sense of urgency to recognize the Palestinian state is getting higher and higher.

–          King of Jordan Abdullah II is slated to discuss next week with US President Barack Obama means to resume peace talks.

–          Netanyahu: The state belongs only to the ‘Jewish people’.

–          Egypt opens Rafah border crossing for two days to allow thousands of Palestinians stranded on the Egyptian side to return home.

–          Israeli Interior Ministry decides to rescind the residency from the wife of the Palestinian who carried out the synagogue attack.

–          Gaza vegetables will arrive Thursday to the Gulf markets.