Newspaper Review: Events Commemorating 68th Anniversary of Nakba Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 16, 2016 (WAFA) – Events commemorating the 68th anniversary of the Nakba or catastrophe by Palestinians, mainly in the West Bank and Gaza, hit the front page headlines in Palestinian daily newspapers.

The three dailies reported that Palestinians took part in rallies and protests in the occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Israel and the Palestinian Diaspora to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Nakba.

Al-Quds reported representatives of Palestinian factions as saying world justice is compromised or unfulfilled unless Palestinian refugees are granted their right to return ]to the cities, villages and lands that they were forcibly displaced from during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948[.

The three dailies reported the “Return Train” traveled through the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem as a symbolic demonstration of Palestinian refugees’ right to return. Al-Ayyam printed a photo for the train driving past the Israeli apartheid wall encircling Bethlehem.

Al-Quds printed a photo for clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers at the northern entrance of Bethlehem. Al-Ayyam printed a photo for an elderly Palestinian from the Ramallah refugee camp of Qalandiya holding the key of her house from which she was forcibly displaced from.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida printed other photos for similar events in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Nablus.

Based on a Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics’ report, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported the number of Palestinians worldwide multiplied nine folds in the 68 years since the Nakba.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added that Israel controls over 85% of the total area of historical land of Palestine.

The dailies highlighted Palestinian and Israeli officials’ meetings with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to discuss the French bid to convene an international peace conference to restart Palestinian-Israeli talks.

Covering Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks during his meeting with Ayrault, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported Netanyahu casted doubted over the impartiality of the French peace bid in order to evade participation in the conference.

Covering President Abbas’ meeting with Ayrault in Ramallah, al-Ayyam reported Abbas reiterated Palestinian support for the French bid.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said in this regard Paris confirmed that despite Israel’s opposition, the conference would be convened.

Furthermore, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported head of Norway’s Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority (PA), Hans Jacob Frydenlund, as refuting Israeli claims that his country had decided to stop part of its financial support to the PA.