RAMALLAH, Sunday, February 21, 2021 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused today on two decrees issued by President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday, concerning the consolidation of public rights ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, and on allocating seven seats in the next Palestinian Legislative Council to Palestinian Christians.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the first decree will reinforce public freedoms in Palestine from Rafah, in the farthest south of the Gaza Strip, to Jenin, in the farthest north of the West Bank.
Al-Ayyam said the decree calls for consolidating public freedoms and for the immediate release of any political prisoners.
On a different subject, al-Quds said the Palestinian judiciary will today make a judgement against Britain for crimes perpetrated during the British Mandate of Palestine and for the Balfour Declaration.
Al-Ayyam and al-Quds said hundreds of Palestinian mourners participated yesterday in the funeral of martyr Daoud al-Khatib, an ex-Palestinian prisoner who died while in Israeli custody last September and whose body was handed over to his family on Friday. Al-Khatib was buried today in his hometown city of Bethlehem, south of the occupied West Bank.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said a man was killed and 15 others were injured yesterday evening in three separate traffic accidents that took place in the district of Jenin, north of the West Bank.
Al-Ayyam said a UN report declared that the year 2020 was the worst for Palestinian socioeconomic development since 1994.
Al-Quds said Israeli occupation forces attacked yesterday an elderly Palestinian and detained his son near the village of An-Nuweima, to the north of the West Bank city of Jericho, after attempting to prevent the former from seizing their privately-owned agricultural tractor.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Quds said the Palestinian Minister of Health announced yesterday that 10 people had died of coronavirus in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and 599 new cases were recorded during the 24 hours from Friday to Saturday.