Newspaper Review: Israeli Settlement Plans Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, December 29, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies, al-Quds, al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam, focused in their Tuesday issue on the Israeli Housing and Construction Ministry’s plans to build more than 55,000 settlement housing units in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The dailies said Israeli human right group, Peace Now, uncovered that Israeli Housing and Construction Ministry has funded plans to build about 55,548 housing units in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The housing units, according to Peace Now, will accommodate as much as 250,000 Jewish settlers.

On a different subject, the dailies said a Palestinian from Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip, succumbed to wounds which he had sustained by Israeli fire during clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli troops at Gaza-Israel border last Friday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said Israeli authorities delivered a notice to demolish the family house of Muhannad Halabi, a Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli police in early October 2015, after he stabbed and killed two Israeli settlers in Jerusalem, as a punitive measure.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said an Israeli court in Petah Tikva released one of the terrorists who perpetrated the Duma arson attack near Nablus on July 31, which claimed the lives of the parents and their toddler son, Ali Dawabsheh. Ahmad, 4, is the only surviving family member.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli soldiers and settlers physically assaulted and beat up four children in the Old City of Hebron on Monday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said the Ministry of Health reported on two swine flu deaths in Palestine since the beginning of  winter. It said that 54 others have been diagnosed with swine flu, also known as H1N1 virus.

Al-Ayyam said a spokesman of Turkish presidency said Ankara will not normalize relations with Israel without a complete lifting of the Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza since 2007.