Demolition of structures north of Jericho focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Israel’s plan to demolish Palestinian residential structures, located to the north of Jericho, dominated the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies on Monday.

The dailies reported that Israeli occupation authorities delivered demolition orders for Palestinians near Nuimeh village, north of Jericho.

The dailies added that Israeli forces set up metal gates and caravans on Palestinian lands located to the south of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported as part of its main news article that Israeli settlers re-established mobile homes to the south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

On the other hand, al-Ayyam opted to spotlight the Israeli cabinet’s three-hour session about the economic situation in the besieged Gaza Strip. It said in this regard that the Israeli cabinet discussed offering facilities to Gaza.

The dailies also highlighted Israeli media reports claiming that Israel has destroyed an underwater tunnel meant to train Hamas frogmen in the northern besieged Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, al-Quds said that Israel deployed more troops in Jerusalem in anticipation of Laylat al-Qadr, traditionally celebrated on the night before the 27th day of Ramadan.

According to al-Quds and al-Ayyam, flammable kites flown by Gaza protestors caused 12 fires to break out in Israeli borderline land.

Additionally, the dailies reported that Israel’s high court is expected to mull over a petition submitted by the Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan calling on Israeli authorities to axe a planned demolition of the neighborhood.

According to al-Quds, chief of Palestinian National Security Forces (NSF) Nidal Abu Dukhan discharged Hebron District commander Brigadier Muhammad Hussein from his functions following an assault against a Hebron judge by members of the NSF.

It highlighted a mass demonstration in the central West Bank city of Ramallah calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to lift sanctions his government has imposed on Gaza.

It also reported Tony Khashram, the managing-director of a Jerusalem-based Aeolus Group, expressed his concerns that Israel’s ban on Indonesian tourists would threaten East Jerusalem tourism industry.

Moreover, al-Ayyam said that President Mahmoud Abbas issued instructions to increase the budget allocations for the Ministry of Social Affairs.

According to al-Hayat al-Jadida, Israeli forces detained a total of 16 Palestinians, including three brothers, during multiple raids across the West Bank.

Regionally, al-Quds and al-Ayyam spotlighted the visit of Jordan King’s Abdullah II to Saudi Arabia to discuss the economic crisis gripping his country.

Abdullah reportedly attended a summit with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates (UAE), who offered $2.5 billion in aid package for Jordan to ease its economic crisis that sparked mass anti-austerity street protests.

Internationally, the dailies said that US musician John Maus withdrew from Berlin’s international Pop-Kultur festival in protest of the Israeli embassy funding of the event.

Al-Quds added that city council of the Spanish city of Valencia passed a motion to boycott Israel and declare the city an Israeli apartheid-free zone.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini affirming that the nature of Jerusalem and its future is of crucial importance to the EU and that we would like to see Jerusalem as the capital, both of the State of Israel and the State of Palestine.

Mogherini reportedly made her remarks during a press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Brussels.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency