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Newspapers Review: Inter-Palestinian dialogue in Istanbul, Abbas-Erdogan phone call focus of dailies

Newspapers Review: Inter-Palestinian dialogue in Istanbul, Abbas-Erdogan phone call focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 (WAFA) – The upcoming inter-Palestinian dialogue planned in Istanbul and the telephone call between President Mahmoud Abbas and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today.

Al-Ayyam said in its main front-page story on the dialogue that a Fatah delegation has arrived in Istanbul for talks with Hamas officials. It said the Fatah delegation included Central Committee members Jibril Rjoub and Rawhi Fattouh, while the Hamas delegation includes Ismail Haniyeh, head of the movement, and his deputy, Saleh Arouri.

The meetings will focus on ending the 13-year-old division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said President Abbas spoke to Erdogan over the phone about the ongoing dialogue between the Palestinian factions, particularly Fatah and Hamas.

Al-Quds reported on the phone call and the Fatah-Hamas meeting in Turkey, but opted to make its main front-page story on Israeli measures against Palestinians in the occupied territories, including orders for demolition of structures.

The three papers highlighted remarks by Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh at the start of the Palestinian cabinet meeting on not trading the national rights for money.

Coronavirus remains a top front-page story in the three Arabic dailies. They said nine people have died of the disease and 611 new cases were recorded yesterday in Palestine.

Al-Ayyam said the government intends to tighten the anti-corona measures in the coming days to contain the disease.

It said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is still running after normalization of relations with Israel with new cultural and economic agreements, but that another Gulf country, Kuwait, said it is against normalization and that it will stand by the Palestinians.

It said a Jewish millionaire funds illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Jerusalem.

Al-Quds said the president of Honduras has declared his intention to move his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. It quoted Palestinian official Saeb Erekat wondering if there will be any Arab reaction to this move.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the British Trade Union Congress has announced its opposition to Israeli annexation of occupied Palestinian territory and that French parliamentarians have denounced the new alliance between Israel and the UAE.

It said the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has called for boycotting the Mohammad Bin Zayed Artificial Intelligence University in the UAE for signing an understanding agreement with an Israeli institute.


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