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Newspaper review: Detention of nine family members focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, February 12, 2017 (WAFA) – The detaining of nine family members, and a girl, separately, by Israeli forces in Hebron, dominated the front pages of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Sunday.

The three dailies reported that Israeli forces detained nine Palestinian family members; a man along with his seven sons and one of their wives, from the area of al-Simia, in the town of al-Simo’, south to Hebron in the occupied West Bank.  

The dailies reported that Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian girl near al-Ibrahimi Mosque for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.    

The US blocking former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad from leading UN mission as Libya envoy has made the headlines.

Al-Ayyam said that a US “veto” blocked Fayyad as UN Libya envoy as Washington fears enhancing the international status of Palestine.

Sub headlines in the same newspaper said that Palestinian, American and international figures condemned this veto, while it was praised by Israel.

Reporting the same story, al-Quds published a headline that said international and Palestinian condemnation of Trump’s administration decision to block Fayyad from UN Libya envoy mission.

A sub headline included a statement by an American delegate who said that the US doesn’t recognize a Palestinian state.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Arab parliaments demanded that the membership of the Israeli Knesset be revoked from Inter-Parliaments Union and Organizations, in response to the controversial “settlement law” that the Knesset approved last week, which legalizes settlements in the West Bank and authorizes confiscation of Palestinian land for the benefit of Jewish settlers.

A statement by the European Union‘s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, was reported by al-Ayyam. Mogherini, who warned Washington of the consequences of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, said that the EU won’t be moving any of its embassies as they’ll stay where they are.

Al-Quds said the Jewish settlers, who lived in the settlement outpost Amona which was evicted two weeks ago, are now demanding a new settlement to be built in Turmus Ayya, a town near Ramallah.

According to al-Ayyam, Egyptian authorities re-opened Rafah crossing for Palestinians for three days.             

Al-Ayyam reported on Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett who warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of discussing a Palestinian state with Trump during his meeting taking place on February 15th.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that war rumors with Gaza are unnecessary babble.

K.T/M.H

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