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Newspapers review: Sweeping detention raids, demolitions focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 (WAFA) – Ongoing Israeli military sweeping detention raids and demolitions of Palestinian property across the occupied territories dominated the front page headlines in Tuesday’s issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that the Israeli occupation authorities demolished several structures in Beit Sahour city, the Bethlehem-district town of al-Khader, Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron, and the Jordan Valley.

They elaborated that Israeli forces tore down a house in Beit Sahour city, east of Bethlehem, besides to a tent and seized agricultural equipment in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Israeli forces rounded up 28 Palestinians in multiple West Bank raids.

The dailies said that Israeli settlers leveled a Palestinian field of wheat in Jalud village, south of Nablus, to make room for the construction of a new colonial outpost.

Al-Quds added that settlers set up a tent on a plot of land belonging to the villagers of Qusra, south of Nablus city.

Furthermore, the dailies reported President Mahmoud Abbas extending his warmest greetings to leaders and peoples of the Arab and Islamic worlds on the occasion of the start of the fasting month of Ramadan.

According to al-Quds and al-Ayyam, the Hamas movement elected its former politburo chief, Khaled Meshaal, as the head of the movement's overseas bureau, and Moussa Abu Marzouk as Meshaal's deputy.

Al-Quds reported Palestinian cartographer, Khalil Tafakji, revealing details on the Israeli occupation authorities’ plan to construct four tunnels to connect the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highways to the Jordan Valley.

He was reported adding that the plan entails seizing 835 donums of Palestinian land for the construction of public buildings and institutions in several colonial settlements.

The latest statistics on the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the occupied territories (West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip) also hit the front page headlines.

The dailies said that 2,762 Palestinians contracted the virus and 26 others died of it in the occupied territories.

Among the 2,762 new cases, al-Ayyam said that 1,764 cases were recorded in the Gaza Strip.

According to the Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ministry, three Palestinians died of the virus in the diaspora.

Moreover, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that the Palestinian cabinet approved a stimulus package to promote investment across various districts in addition to budgetary allocations in support of projects in Jerusalem.

Al-Quds added that the cabinet also approved the construction of schools and water and wastewater treatment plants.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported the Palestinian political factions affirming that elections would not be held without Jerusalem.

Besides, al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) approval of the ‘purchase’ of Palestinian land in the proximity of ‘isolated’ Israeli colonial settlements in the West Bank.

JNF is a registered “charity” which advances the Zionist colonization of Palestine.

Regionally, the dailies highlighted the meeting between visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Shoukri and Lavrov affirmed the importance of the Palestinian question and the need to advance the stalled peace process.

Al-Ayyam said in this regard that Egypt and Russia underscored the need to activate the International Quartet.

According to al-Hayat al-Jadida, Palestinians in refugee camps in Lebanon held a sit-in in support of Palestinian “legitimate” leadership and upholding of national constant principles.

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