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Newspaper Review: Contentious Israeli ‘flag march’ focus of dailies

Newspaper Review: Contentious Israeli ‘flag march’ focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Sunday, May 29, 2022 (WAFA) – Palestinian Arabic-language dailies focused today on the contentious Israeli nationalist ‘flag march’, which is expected to take place later on Sunday evening by thousands of Israeli settler fanatics in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Al-Quds wrote in its main headline: “A decisive day in Jerusalem”.

Al-Ayyam said in its main story that Israeli settlers held provocative events in occupied Jerusalem yesterday ahead of the highly contentious ‘flag march’ which is expected to start at 4:00 p.m. today.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida said in its main story that injuries were reported among Palestinian civilians in attacks yesterday by Israeli occupation forces and settlers in the towns of Huwwara and Kafr Qaddum, north of the West Bank.

On a different subject, the three dailies reported that 15-year-old Zaid Mohammad Ghuneim, who was shot dead on Friday by Israeli occupation forces in Al-Khader village, near Bethlehem, was laid to rest yesterday.

Al-Quds and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida said the UK called on the Israeli occupation authorities to conduct a swift, transparent and independent investigation into the killing of Ghuneim.

Al-Ayyam and Al-Quds quoted Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, as saying that the group was ready for all possible scenarios that may arise as a result of the Israeli ‘flag march’.

The two dailies said the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland called for ‘wise steps’ to avert a new wave of escalation in the region.

Al-Quds said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken yesterday urged Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to complete the investigation into the killing of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli occupation forces on May 11.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida said 83 US Congressmen demanded Blinken to press Israel to cancel a plan that is expected to result in the displacement of more than 1,200 Palestinians in Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Al-Quds said a draft law criminalizing normalization with Israel passed last week by the Iraqi parliament has drawn resentment in the West.

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