RAMALLAH, September 26, 2013 (WAFA) – The clashes that have occurred almost daily in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and provoked by Israeli police measures against Arab worshippers and tours by Jewish fanatics continued to dominate the front page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Thursday.
Al-Quds said dozens were hurt in the clashes that took place inside al-Aqsa Mosque compound when police raided the Muslim holy place and attacked worshippers who were confronting the extremist Israelis.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the worshippers were able to prevent the Israelis from freely entering the compound.
While al-Ayyam has also reported on this subject and printed a picture of women inside the compound protesting against the Israeli fanatics, its main front page headline focused on statements President Mahmoud Abbas made in New York, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly sessions.
It also quoted US Secretary of State John Kerry saying after meeting Abbas in New York that the Palestinians and Israelis have agreed to intensify the negotiations and allow the US to play a bigger role in them.
The paper printed an interview with presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh stressing that the Palestinian negotiations are based on the terms of reference put by the Palestinian people, which is the 1967 lines.
It also had an interview with Muhammad Mustafa, economic advisor to Abbas, saying that there are positive signs of nearing financial support. Prime Minister Hamdallah is seeking $550 million aid from the donor countries.
Al-Quds said Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinians in Jalazoun, near Ramallah, and al-Khader, near Bethlehem. It also said prisoners in section 1 in Jalboa prison have declared a hunger strike until Sunday after the prison administration closed the section without giving a reason for it.
It said the deputy speaker of the Jordanian parliament has called for expelling the Israeli ambassador from Jordan.
It also said the Egyptian foreign ministry has denied that Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi has threatened to attack Hamas and said that there is no decision to permanently close Rafah crossing with Gaza.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Palestinian district attorney ordered detention of three people in Bethlehem on charges of providing material and assisting Israeli settlers during the Jewish Sukkot holiday. It said the arrest was based on a 2010 law that bans dealing with settlement products.
The paper also said that the crisis between the students at Birzeit University and the administration is still on for week four in spite of efforts by many parties to resolve it to allow the new semester to start.
It said a person was found dead by hanging in Tulkarm and in Gaza a court sentenced a resident to death by hanging after he was found guilty of premeditated killing of his wife with poison.
The three papers also reported on the developments in Sudan and the killing of at least seven people during three days of protests that raged throughout the country.