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Newspapers Review: Dailies highlight the Fatah Central Committee meeting on elections

Newspapers Review: Dailies highlight the Fatah Central Committee meeting on elections

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted today on their front page Fatah Central Committee meeting in Ramallah and its statement on the Palestinian elections.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida daily quoted President Mahmoud Abbas telling the meeting that he is committed to holding the elections in all the Palestinian territories, including in East Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam and al-Quds dailies quoted the Central Committee saying that Jerusalem and its residents are a red line.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the European Union reiterated its support for holding general elections in Palestine, including in East Jerusalem.

It quoted the spokesman of the Central Elections Commission, Farid Tamallah, saying that elections in Jerusalem are a political issue, not technical.

Al-Quds quoted Fatah official, Hatem Abdul Qadder, saying that the EU suggested placing polling stations at its consular offices in Jerusalem, which was rejected because there were no guarantees.

It also quoted President Mahmoud Abbas urging the US administration to cancel a law that considers the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) a terrorist organization. This came in a speech he made virtually to a J Street meeting in Washington.

It also said that four people were hurt in Israeli attacks in Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam said Israel began constructing 23 housing units in a settlement and opening roads for settlers in the northern Jordan Valley.

It said people set a settler’s car on fire in a town near Ramallah.

The government, said al-Ayyam, has allowed all schools to reopen for all classes as of today following a decline in coronavirus cases in the West Bank.

The coronavirus disease claimed the lives of 30 people as 1529 new cases were recorded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip yesterday, said al-Ayyam.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the government has approved the purchase of 4.5 million doses of coronavirus Pfizer and Sputnik vaccines.

Al-Quds quoted the government saying that Palestine is moving on the road toward economic recovery following the slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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