RAMALLAH, September 19, 2013 (WAFA) – The developments in al-Aqsa Mosque and the heavy presence of Israeli police inside the walled compound and at its gates to restrict entry of Palestinians was the focus of the front page story of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Thursday.
The three papers printed pictures showing Israeli police creating a human barricade in the allies of the Old City of Jerusalem to block Palestinians from reaching al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Ayyam said in the headline that the Palestinian worshippers have thwarted an attempt by a large group of Israeli fanatics from entering the compound of the Mosque.
Al-Quds said that while the police have shut down the Mosque to worshippers and students, it plans to allow Israeli fanatics to enter it in large numbers on Thursday.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida decided to lead its front page with a story on the political process. It said US Secretary of State John Kerry told President Mahmoud Abbas that the United States will intervene with force into the negotiations if they do not make any progress.
The paper quoted Muhammad Mustafa, economic advisor to Abbas, saying that the US handed the Palestinian Authority a plan to develop the economy.
Al-Ayyam and al-Quds also reported on Mustafa’s statements in which he said the PA was still studying the economic plan.
The three papers said the new Palestinian government, which is composed of the same ministers of the outgoing government, will be sworn in Thursday night.
Al-Quds said the Israeli authorities ordered Palestinians who returned to the village of Kufr Burum, in the upper Galilee, which they were forced to leave in the 1948 War, to leave it within 30 days.
The residents returned to their village in August and set up tents in its yards after years of attempts to get the Israeli government to allow them to return have failed.
The paper also said that the Israeli military destroyed the tents provided by the Red Cross to the residents of Makhoul dwelling in the Northern Jordan Valley. The tents were supposed to shelter the residents whose entire dwellings were destroyed by the military earlier this week.
Al-Ayyam said Minister of Prisoners Issa Qaraqi denied reports that Israel is going to release 250 prisoners. He said the agreement to release 104 of the pre-Oslo prisoners is still on.
The paper quoted Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, saying that his movement does not think of going into conflict with Egypt. The story was printed below a picture showing Hamas forces in Gaza quarrelling with students at Rafah crossing with Egypt after Hamas has tried to prevent departure of the students.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Sabri Saidam, advisor to Abbas on telecommunications, confirming that Israel has agreed, in principle, to grant Palestine 3G frequencies for the mobile phones’ internet service.