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Newspapers Review: The phone call between President Abbas and US Secretary of State Blinken focus of dailies

Newspapers Review: The phone call between President Abbas and US Secretary of State Blinken focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, February 01, 2022 (WAFA) – News about the phone call between President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which discussed the bilateral relations between the Palestinian and US sides, hit the front pages of the three Arabic Palestinian dailies on Tuesday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida, al-Ayyam and al-Quds said that President Abbas reiterated to the US Secretary of State that the current situation is not sustainable and the need to end the Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, stop settlement activities, stop the attacks and terror of settlers, and the importance of respecting the historical status in Al-Haram Al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary that includes Al-Aqsa Mosque), stopping the expulsion of Palestinians from the Jerusalem neighborhoods, and stopping the abuse of the prisoners, withholding corpses, stopping deduction from the tax funds, and stifling the Palestinian economy.

The dailies said that for his part, Secretary Blinken conveyed President Biden's greetings to President Abbas and his affirmation of the US commitment to the two-state solution and the importance of creating a political horizon.

The papers also said that an Israeli court ordered the Salem family in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem to leave their home where they lived for decades and hand it over to Jewish settlers in March.

Additionally, Israeli occupation authorities forced two brothers to demolish their own houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukaber.

According to the papers, Amnesty International (AI), in a report that will be published on Tuesday, is charging Israel of committing crimes of apartheid against the Palestinian people. AI described the report, Israel’s cruel system of domination and oppression against Palestinians, as a “landmark” with “new research and analysis detailing violations by Israel against the Palestinian people.”

It said the report “will focus on the policies and practices of the Israeli government towards Palestinians across all territories under its control and sets out Israel’s obligations under international law.”

Al-Ayyam said that Israeli settlers cut down more than 100 olive trees in the Rashaydeh village, east of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, and let their cattle loose in the farmlands.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli forces issued notices including demolition orders against two houses and two rooms in Masafer Yatta, south of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The papers said that daily Covid-19 cases in Palestine continued to rise and reached 10,444 in the last 24 hours with six deaths reported.

The dailies also added that the government called on citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19.


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