Newspapers Review: EU Stand on Settlement Products Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, July 24, 2013 (WAFA) – A European Union decision to start labeling Israeli products made in the illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem was the focus of the Palestinian dailies on Wednesday.

The papers reported on the letter EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has sent to member states informing them that all products made outside Israel proper should be labeled as made in the settlements.

Al-Quds said in its story on this issue that the Palestinian community in Europe is planning to ask for legal action in Brussels, the EU headquarters, demanding not only labeling the products but also banning them from entering EU markets.

The main top front page story in al-Hayat al-Jadida focused on statements President Abbas made in which he said that he was working hard to insure release of prisoners. His statements came during a meeting with officials in charge of the prisoners’ file.

Al-Quds highlighted on its front page the changes the Israeli Ministry of Interior has introduced to identity cards of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem which added the term “resident” and a validity date of 10 years.

The paper quoted Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk in a different story warning against the start of negotiations with Israel, insisting that the US position from the peace talks has not change, which he said aims at keeping a process ongoing regardless of its bases or results.

He also said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want to reach a peace settlement and he is avoiding all his obligations.

The paper said also that US Secretary of State John Kerry is putting the final touches on the composition of his team that will monitor the upcoming Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

It said in a different story that Israel plans to build 297 units in the settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah.

Al-Ayyam highlighted more or less the same stories as in al-Quds but quoted in a different story Japan’s foreign minister on the eve of his visit to Ramallah and meeting with Abbas that the two-state solution is the only way to achieve peace and settlements are a violation of international law.

The paper, along with al-Hayat al-Jadida, focused as well on the developments in Egypt .  source : WAFA NEWS