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Newspaper Review: Palestinian Central Council focus of dailies

Newspaper Review:  Palestinian Central Council focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Monday, February 07, 2022 (WAFA) – News about the Palestinian Central Council, which kick-started yesterday its 31st session at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, hit the front pages of the three Arabic Palestinian dailies on Monday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida, al-Ayyam and al-Quds said that the meeting opened with a speech by the outgoing speaker of the Palestinian National Council, the highest decision-making body in the PLO, Salim Zanoun, read on his behalf by the deputy speaker, Father Constantine Qarmash.

The paper said that the President Mahmoud Abbas stressed that the continuation of the Israeli occupation will not be accepted.

"In the face of the Israeli occupation authority's undermining of the two-state solution, options remain open, and the entire existing situation must be reviewed in order to preserve the interests of our people and our cause," he said, adding, "It is not possible to continue implementing agreements unilaterally, and our contacts with the Israeli side are not a substitute for a political solution based on international legitimacy," as reported in the papers.

The dailies also the African Union convening in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, unanimously adopted a decision to suspend granting Israel observer status in the Union.

According to the papers, Israeli bulldozers leveled Palestinian-owned land in the village of Kisan, east of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. 

They also said that the Israeli occupation forces arrested six Palestinians during raids into the village of Beit Fajjar, in the West Bank province of Bethlehem.

The papers reported that the Israeli government decided to deny Palestinians family reunification right, adding that right-wing Israeli Minister of Interior, Eyelet Shaked, a staunch opponent of uniting Palestinian families, pushed her government to support a law that bans Palestinians from the occupied territories married to Palestinians living in Israel from uniting with their spouses and families inside Israel or in occupied East Jerusalem by denying them residency or citizenship.

Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said today that 4,319 new cases of COVID-19, 14 deaths and 7,480 recoveries were registered in Palestine during the last 24 hours, said the dailies.


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