Newspapers Review: Release of Prisoners Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, October 28, 2013 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Monday issue on the Israeli government decision to release 26 prisoners on Tuesday.

The papers printed the names of the prisoners and the dates for their arrest.

The main front page story in al-Quds, however, focused on an Israeli plan to issue tenders for the construction of 1700 new housing units in illegal Israeli settlements in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Shufat and Beit Hanina.

The paper also said in a different story that Israeli settlers have burnt olive trees in al-Khader, near Bethlehem, while Israeli soldiers leveled agricultural land near Nablus.

It said that Human Rights Watch called on Israel to allow lawyers from Addameer prisoners support organization to defend prisoners held in Israeli jails.

It also said in a different story that Amnesty International called on Israel to drop all charges against an attorney recently released on bail who defends human rights. Israel arrested Anas Barghouthi, an attorney with Addameer, at a checkpoint outside Bethlehem and has kept him in prison until his recent release on bail until trial.

Al-Ayyam said the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem gave demolition orders to five houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

It also said in another story that Jewish groups want to change an Islamic site near al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem into a washing area for Jewish women.

The paper printed what is said was the full story for the events that led to the release of Lebanese held in Syria in return for release of two Turkish pilots and Syrian women held by the regime forces.

It said the events were started by President Mahmoud Abbas during a visit to Turkey in September 2012.

Al-Ayyam also said in a story that Hamas rejected a suggestion by the factions to adopt full party lists in the next legislative elections as a way out of the division.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted the condemnation by Fatah’s Central Committee of statements by its former member Mohammed Dahlan against Abbas, describing them as “new conspiracy that serves the occupation authorities.”