Security Council briefing, death of a wounded focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, The briefing at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, and the death of a wounded Palestinian from Israeli gunfire in Gaza dominated the front page headlines in the dailies on Wednesday.

Al-Quds reported that the UNSC convened a session on Palestine and reviewed the conditions in Gaza and the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.

Palestinian Permanent Observer to the UN Riyad Mansour was reported in al-Quds demanding international protection for the Palestinian people.

He was also reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida saying Israel has picked the month in which Nelson Mandela, the symbol of the elimination of racism, was born to codify its racism against the Palestinian people.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported French ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, calling on the US to shoulder its responsibilities with regards to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov was reported in al-Ayyam pledging that the international community would work to prevent the breakout of a new Israeli onslaught against Gaza.

Al-Quds reported that chief of Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniyeh and Mladenov discussed the situation in Gaza in light of tightened Israeli siege.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported that ambassadors to the UN condemned in a meeting the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the so-called Jewish Nation-State Basic Law.

On the other hand, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to spotlight the death of a Palestinian young man wounded two months ago by Israeli gunfire in Gaza.

They said Majd Aqil, 26, was injured by Israeli gunfire as he participated in the Great March of Return protests on May 14.

Additionally, al-Quds said that Israeli drones targeted a group of Palestinians east of Gaza.

According to al-Ayyam, five Palestinians were injured from Israeli gunfire, while al-Hayat al-Jadida said that three were injured.

Al-Quds said Israeli Jewish settlers continued to force their way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Following the collapse of a large boulder from the Al-Buraq Wall, known as the Western or Wailing Wall for Jews, al-Quds said that the Jordanian and Palestinian Waqf Departments have developed a plan to confront such risks.

It added that hundreds of UNRWA employees continued to demonstrate outside the agency’s Gaza office in protest of the agency’s plan to terminate the contracts of dozens of employees.

Al-Ayyam added in this regard that UNRWA administration started to send job termination letters to employees.

According to al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida, the World Bank has recommended the allocation of $90 million to accelerate economic development in Palestine.

Al-Ayyam reported the Palestinian government welcoming efforts to achieve national reconciliation and expressing willingness to implement any steps to end the intra-Palestinian division.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Israel seeks to annex 2,500 Palestinian-owned plots in occupied East Jerusalem to so-called state properties.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported that Palestinians rallied in front of the UN headquarters in Ramallah in protest against the deduction by Israel of the stipends paid for the families of Palestinians in Israeli imprisonment and those killed and injured by Israeli forces from the Palestinian tax revenues.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency