Newspaper Review: Activists Block UN’s Building to Protest Inaction over Hunger Strikers

Blocking the United Nations’ (UN) headquarter in Ramallah in protest of UN’s inaction over Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails hit the front page headlines in the dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said protestors blocked the UN’s headquarter in Ramallah in protest of UN’s inaction over hunger strikers in Israelis jails, particularly Bilal Kayed.

The three dailies added the Israeli Supreme Court postponed a hearing on the case of Kayed, who has been hunger striking for 70 days.

Highlighting new Israeli plans to advance settlement construction in Hebron’s Old City, al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Israel plans to build new units at a settlement outpost in Hebron’s Old City.

Al-Quds said an Israeli court approved the construction plan of “Beit Haliba” structure, no more than 100 meters to the west of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

It is worth recalling that the structure is planned to cover about 3,700 sqm and rise three stories above ground level and one and a half stories below ground level.

Highlighting house demolitions in the West Bank, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported Israeli forces delivered a demolition notice for the family house of a Palestinian detainee in Salfit district.

Al-Ayyam added an Israeli court rejected an appeal and decided to demolish the family house of Muhammad Omaireh, a detainee, in the Hebron village of Dura.

Furthermore, the three dailies covered the series of Israeli raids that targeted different parts of the northern Gaza Strip.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said “uneasy” calm now prevails in the northern Gaza Strip. The dailies also reported Israel as claiming it is not interested in any escalation.

Furthermore, the three dailies covered President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks during a Fatah Central Committee’s meeting in Ramallah.

They reported him as warning al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line and pledging to proceed with efforts on the international arena to achieve Palestinian people’s goals.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as stating Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to receive Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for direct talks in Moscow.

He was also reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating the Question of Palestine is the key to regional stability and security.

Highlighting Palestinian security services’ campaign against criminal activity and outlaw people in the Old City of Nablus, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah as announcing the formation of an investigation committee.

Source: WAFA