Newspaper Review: Demolition of Palestinian Houses in Hebron, Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, August 31, 2016 (WAFA) – The demolition of Palestinian houses in the Hebron tow of Dura and the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sur Baher and Silwan hit the front page headlines in Palestinian daily newspapers.

The three dailies said Israeli forces demolished the family house of Muhammad Abdul-Majid al-Amayreh during a raid into the Hebron town of Dura.

It is worth noting that the house of al-Amayreh was punitively demolished for allegedly being involved in a deadly shooting near the Hebron village of As-Samou’ on July 1.

The dailies also reported Israeli bulldozers demolished three Palestinian houses in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sur Baher and Silwan.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida explained that as part of the demolitions, bulldozers tore down two fences surrounding Palestinian houses in Silwan.

Official and Palestinian reactions to United Nations (UN) Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov’s remarks criticizing Israel for ongoing settlement expansion also hit the front page headlines in the dailies.

Al-Ayyam reported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Mladenov’s remarks as “distorting history and international law” and “pushing peace farther away”.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israel made a mockery of the UN over the latter’s criticism of settlement expansion.

Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh was reported in the dailies as stating the Palestinian Authority (PA) is making contacts ]with stakeholders[ to discuss approaching the UN Security Council for a session following Netanyahu’s remarks on settlement construction.

Highlighting a meeting of Fatah’s Central Commission in Ramallah, President Mahmoud Abbas was reported in the dailies as confirming local municipal elections would be held as scheduled in order to consolidate democracy.

Furthermore, al-Ayyam highlighted President and Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Kevin Jenkins’ doubts over Israel’s claims that head of the group’s office in the Gaza Strip Mohammad al-Halabi siphoned funds to Hamas.

It reported him as demanding that Israel holds a public hearing for al-Halabi.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted cabinet’s announcement that the investigation committee regarding the brutal killing of Ahmad Halaweh, the highest ranking Nablus-district leader of Fatah’s military wing, would carry out its mandate.

Al-Ayyam said Israel is determined to hol;d a wine festival on the ruins of Ma’man Allah Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.

Finally, al-Quds said Fuad Shehadeh, a professional Palestinian lawyers in Ramallah, was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest serving lawyer.