Dailies Highlight Israel’s Approval of Jerusalem Settlement Plan

RAMALLAH, March 24, 2016 The three major Palestinian dailies focused in their Thursday issue on the Israeli Planning and Construction Committee’s decision to approve a settlement project in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood.

The dailies said the Israeli National Council for Planning and Construction on Wednesday approved controversial construction plans, submitted by Jewish group Elad, in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported that President Mahmoud Abbas stressed importance of supporting the French initiative for an international peace conference on Palestine.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida quoted Abbas as saying: “We have sacrificed a lot to keep [our] independent Palestinian decision.”

Al-Quds said hundreds of Israeli settlers, accompanied by a military escort, broke into Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus on Wednesday.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli police banned the entry of Palestinian men under the age of 40 to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that Israel accused a Palestinian young man of hacking police computers, airports, and drones flying over Gaza.

Al-Ayyam and al-Quds reported that Israeli parliament, Knesset, approved a bill which allows the expulsion of the families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks on Israeli targets.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida quoted Premier Rami Al-Hamdallah as saying: “We have to strive for building a strong, independent, and a competing economy.”

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida said that Palestinian economy has lost around $10 billion due to the Israeli occupation.

Al-Ayyam reported that former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed a bill to allow the construction of more housing units in Ma’ale Adumim settlement, east of Jerusalem.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and Al-Ayyam reported that United Nations had appointed Stanley Michael, a Canadian legal expert, as a special rapporteur for Palestinian territories.

Source: Wafa