RAMALLAH, September 17, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli army uprooted and displaced 120 people, including women and children, when they destroyed their dwellings in the Northern Jordan Valley, the Palestinian Arabic daily al-Quds said in its main front page story on Tuesday.
The paper printed a picture of the families from the Makhoul dwelling sitting on the ground in the above 40 degrees Celsius Jordan Valley weather after they lost the shelters that housed them and their livestock.
The same picture and story were printed in al-Ayyam as well as al-Hayat al-Jadida.
However, the two papers highlighted on their front page other stories, with al-Hayat al-Jadida giving prominence to a new meeting for the Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in which it said the parties have failed to agree on a working program for their meetings.
The paper also highlighted the United Nations report on Syrian chemical weapons.
This story was the main front page story in al-Ayyam on Tuesday, which also printed several stories related to the Syrian conflict.
Al-Ayyam quoted in a different story government spokesman Ihab Bseiso saying that Prime Minister-designate Rami Hamdallah will continue consultations on forming a new government until the “last minute.”
Bseiso said on another subject that the Palestinian government is ready to supply fuel to Gaza without the special tax imposed on industrial fuel in order to run its power generators.
Norway, reported al-Ayyam, had set three goals for the upcoming ad hoc committee of the donor countries on Palestine, which is supposed to meet in New York next week on the side of the United Nations General Assembly meetings.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Egypt responded positively to a call by President Mahmoud Abbas to open Rafah Crossing with Gaza for humanitarian cases.
Al-Quds reported on the recommendation of the interior committee of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, that said Jews should be allowed to pray inside the Muslim holy place, al-Aqsa compound, in Jerusalem and raise the Torah. It described the recommendation as “a dangerous precedent.”
The paper printed a story quoting the Catholic human rights center, the Society of St. Yves, saying that the Israeli interior ministry rejected 43% of the family reunification applications submitted by Palestinians since 2000.