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Newspapers Review: Opening of UN Assembly Dominates Dailies.

RAMALLAH, September 26, 2012 (WAFA) -- The Wednesday issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their front page on the opening speeches at the United Nations General Assembly, particularly speeches by United States President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The main headline in al-Quds said: "Obama reaffirms US commitment to the two-state solution."

Al-Hayat Jadida chose to focus its main headline on Ban statements who said that Jewish settlements undermine chances for peace and that the door to a two-state solution may close forever.

Al-Ayyam also quoted Obama in its main front page story but it chose what the US president said on Syria and Iran. "The Syrian regime must end, said Obama," and the headline added that Obama made a commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The same paper quoted Obama and Ban's words on the Palestinian issue, while it and al-Quds printed a picture for Obama speaking at the UN podium. Al-Ayyam had also a picture on its front page showing President Mahmoud Abbas arriving at the UN and quoting him in a front page story as saying that he is ready to negotiate if Israel freezes settlements.

A front page story in al-Ayyam covered an assault by Jewish settlers on three Palestinians from the Ramallah area village of Mikhmas after they tried to reach their land. It said the settlers attacked the Palestinians when they went to their land to check their olive trees after they heard settlers had cut them down. One of the Palestinians, a 56-year-old, lost part of his ear in the attack, according to the story.

Settler violence and rampaging was also reported near Nablus where settlers destroyed dozens of dunums of agricultural land in the village of Yanoun, south of Nablus, according to the story that appeared in al-Ayyam.

The same paper also said a road the Israeli authorities plan to build for the benefit of settlers in the northern West Bank will go through the Qalqilya area village of Izbat al-Tabeeb therefore destroying a large area of its agricultural land.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida had a picture of a woman carrying the Palestinian flag and the caption said the woman was participating in a demonstration in Gaza against division. A story on this protest said Hamas used force to break up the protest called for by women groups.

The paper reported on Israeli police reinforcements in Jerusalem on the eve of Yom Kippur holiday.

It also had a headline on the front page saying Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal insists on not running for the same post as head of Hamas again in spite of attempts to talk him into changing his mind.

The same story was printed on the front page of al-Quds, which also reported on Jewish fanatics entering the yards of al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam's holy sites in Jerusalem, where they held prayer rituals in spite of a ban on such acts due to the sensitivity of the place for Muslims.

Al-Quds quoted former Palestinian prime minister and speaker, Ahmad Qurei, saying that the Paris economic protocol between the Palestinian Authority and Israel did not allow the Palestinians to build an independent economic infrastructure.


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Date:Sep 26, 2012
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