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Newspapers Review: Israeli army crackdown on Palestinian protests, settlement activities focus of dailies

Newspapers Review: Israeli army crackdown on Palestinian protests, settlement activities focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Saturday, November 21, 2020 (WAFA) – The Israeli army crackdown on the peaceful Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation and its settlement activities was highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today in the occupied territories.

Al-Quds said a new illegal Israeli settlement outpost was set up in a northern West Bank village, while soldiers levelled land in the south and north of the occupied West Bank in order to facilitate settlement construction.

It said there was a large condemnation of the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

Al-Ayyam daily said many Palestinians were injured in the Israeli army crackdown on the protests.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida daily, which also reported on the army crackdown and settlement activities, highlighted as its main front-page story the reaction of the office of President Mahmoud Abbas to the Quartet statement or resumption of Palestinian-Israeli ties in which it welcomed the Quartet statement.

Al-Ayyam said on this topic that the presidency reaffirmed its readiness to return to negotiations to achieve peace with Israel.

Al-Quds said in a report by its Washington correspondent that the administration of US President Donald Trump considered the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli relations as a pleasant surprise and an advantage to its policy.

Al-Ayyam said the Trump administration has appointed a right-wing, pro-settlements official in charge of the Abraham Fund aimed at enhancing Arab-Israeli normalization and that one of his first projects is to modify the West Bank Israeli checkpoints.

It said that people mocked Pompeo when he said that he was leaving Israel via Jerusalem airport when he actually left through Tel Aviv airport.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said President Abbas cabled his Chinese counterpart congratulating him on the anniversary for the establishment of diplomatic relations between their two countries.

The three papers said the European Union and the Palestinian government support Gaza farmers with 900,000 euros, while Ireland said it will contribute an additional one million euros to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), according to al-Quds.

Coronavirus toll at home, in the region and the world was also highlighted on the front page of the three dailies.


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