Newspapers Review: Expansion of Settlements Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 28, 2013 (WAFA) – The main front page story in the Tuesday issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on the report that appeared in the Israeli daily Haaretz on Monday which said that the Israeli army expanded the overall area of the illegal settlements in the West Bank by adding 8,000,000 square meters of Palestinian land to them during 2012.

In addition to annexation of land, Israel also demolished homes and structures in the West Bank and gave orders to demolish more structures, said the papers on their front page.

In addition, al-Quds daily said 450 homes in occupied East Jerusalem are awaiting demolition after the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem issued these orders against them on ground they were built without a permit.

It also said that the army intends to open new bypass roads for the settlers at Gush Etzion settlement block, which means expropriation of more Palestinian land.

Al-Ayyam said as well that Israeli settlers occupied two shops in the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City under police protection and female soldiers in army uniform and settlers held provocative tours of al-Aqsa Mosque.

The paper reported as well on clashes between Palestinians and settlers in the Nablus area village of Ureef after settlers attempted to vandalize the village. Soldiers intervened in support of the settlers and fired tear gas at the unarmed residents who were trying to protect their homes and children from settlers’ rampage.

Al-Ayyam said also that a mass grave was discovered in Jaffa for Palestinians killed during the 1948 war.

On the political level, the papers reported on the meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry as well as on the meeting between Kerry and Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni in Jordan. The papers said the Kerry-Livni meeting was supposed to be secret.

Al-Quds said residents of the Naqab desert protested outside the Israeli parliament against an Israeli plan to displace them from their land.

(Source / 28.05.2013)

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