Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlight Israeli Building in Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, February 13, 2014 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on Thursday on the Israeli West Jerusalem municipality’s approval for the construction of a nine-story building comprising a Jewish school and a synagogue in the Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.

Al-Quds said the project will be constructed on a 4-dumum plot confiscated from Palestinians.

Al-Ayyam said the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem approved a project to build a “huge” Jewish center in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on the same story and also said that Israeli settlers have taken over an 11-dunum plot in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported on confrontations between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers near the town of Qabatiya in the Jenin area and said three youths were injured by live ammunition.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli security officials refuse to end the blockade on Gaza as demanded by Turkey to normalize relations with Israel.

Al-Ayyam said Israel declined to accept Turkey’s demands for restoring ties with Israel, which is ending the blockade on Gaza.

The three papers highlighted Israeli denial of passage for Gaza patients to hospitals in Israel or the West Bank under the pretext that their referral papers had “State of Palestine” on the letterhead.

The three papers also highlighted the storm over statements made by the president of the European Parliament in Israel regarding Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians.

Al-Ayyam printed statements by Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat calling on US Secretary of State John Kerry to abide by international law in his peace framework.

It also printed statements by Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary of the PLO’s executive committee, saying Israel’s call for referendum on turning over land for peace is an obstacle in the way of reaching peace.

Al-Quds quoted Nabil Shaath, member of the Fatah Central Committee, saying the life of President Mahmoud Abbas is in real danger because of his “firm position towards maintaining the rights of his people.”

It also quoted Emad Alami, a leader in Hamas, saying a visit by Azzam al-Ahmad, Fatah official in charge of reconciliation talks, to Gaza constitutes a positive step and that Hamas is willing to support President Mahmoud Abbas in case he rejects the proposal by Kerry.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Palestinian football union started a boycott campaign against Israel at the sports level.

Al-Quds said the US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, said relative progress has been achieved in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

source : WAFA NEWS .