Newspapers Review: Israeli plan to demolish Silwan homes highlight of dailies

RAMALLAH � A plan by the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem to demolish dozens of homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was highlighted on the front page of the Saturday issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The papers said the municipality summoned a number of Palestinian residents of Silwan to inform them that their homes are going to be demolished under the pretext of construction without permit.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Quds said the Palestinian government condemned the participation of Israeli officials in ceremonies to open a Jewish synagogue in Silwan.

The three papers said that dozens of Palestinians held the Friday prayer in Jerusalem at the Shamasneh home in Sheikh Jarrah. The family is going to be evicted from its home, which an Israeli court has ruled should be turned over to Jewish settlers.

Al-Ayyam also said in another story that Israel has fired a number of Palestinian teachers from Jerusalem and inside Israel on the ground of incitement.

The Israeli Ministry of Interior has also withdrawn citizenship rights from thousands of Palestinian residents of al-Naqab desert in southern Israel and made them instead residents, according to al-Ayyam.

The paper quoted PLO Executive Committee member, Wasel Abu Yousef, saying he is optimistic that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are going to participate in the next Palestinian National Council meeting.

Al-Quds said hundreds of people held the Friday prayer outside Qalqilya hospital in the northern West Bank to protest plans by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), which is in charge of the hospital, to shut it down.

It said heads of Christian churches met in Jerusalem to discuss the situation of church property in the city, which is under threat of being taken over by Jewish settlers particularly those in Jaffa Gate area of Jerusalem’s Old City.

The paper said Qatar has stopped work on the construction of a residence for its ambassador Muhammad al-Amadi near the helipad of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency