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Newspapers review: Displacement of Palestinians from Jerusalem's Silwan focus of dailies.

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, March 06, 2019 (WAFA) -- The imminent displacement of scores of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem's neighborhood of Silwan dominated the front page headlines in Wednesday's issue of Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Quds reported that Ateret Cohanim threatens to displace 80 Palestinian families from Silwan, while al-Ayyam said that Israeli authorities issued court orders threatening the eviction of a Jerusalem family from their five-story building in Silwan.

Ateret Cohanim, an organization aiming to create a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem at the expense of Palestinian people, handed members of the Maraga family, also written as Maragha, demanding the ownership of the plot of land on which their residential building is constructed.

Additionally, the dailies reported that Israeli settlers seized a Palestinian house in Jerusalem's Old City.

Settlers raided the house belonging to the al-Halabi family, where an elderly Palestinian couple lives and who were out for groceries at the time. The couple was thrown out by settlers upon arrival.

Highlighting other settlers' attacks, al-Ayyam said that settlers attacked a Palestinian high school in the northern West Bank village of Urif, south of Nablus.

Al-Ayyam also reported that dozens of Palestinians suffocated from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces in Jerusalem's Shufat refugee camp.

The dailies also reported the Council of Islamic Religious Endowments (Waqf) in Jerusalem stressing that Israeli court decisions are not applicable to al-Aqsa Mosque compound and that Bab al-Rahma prayer area would remain open.

The Council made these remarks responding to an Israeli court's order to extend the closure of the prayer area, which was accessible for Palestinian Muslim worshippers for the first time in over 15 years.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam spotlighted Egypt's ongoing efforts to broker an understanding to restore calm between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza.

Al-Quds reported that the Egyptian security delegation left Gaza following a meeting with Hamas leaders.

Al-Ayyam elaborated that the delegation conveyed Israel's desire to implement the understandings on restoring Gaza calm, while Palestinian factions demanded an end to the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

Also regarding Gaza, al-Quds said that Israeli warplanes struck several Palestinian resistance posts in the central Gaza Strip. In contrast, al-Ayyam said that only one post was pounded.

Both dailies added that two Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire during nighttime protests to the east of al-Bureij refugee camp.

Moreover, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that the Palestinian cabinet called upon the international community to follow-up on the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry's report showing that Israeli soldiers have committed war crimes by intentionally targeting civilian Palestinian protestors in Gaza in 2018.

According to al-Quds, the crisis resulting from the shocking traffic jams on the Ramallah- Qalandia-Kafr Aqab Road, a main thoroughfare in the central West Bank, remains unresolved because of Israel's refusal to Palestinians' demand to open a new road adjacent to Israel's wall.

Besides, the dailies reported that European Union (EU) affirming the commitment of its member states not to relocate any of their premises from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added in this regard that the State of Palestine hails the EU's commitment on the status of East Jerusalem as occupied territory.

According to al-Quds, Washington has condemned al-Hayat al-Jadida's op-ed that describes Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt as "mongoloid".

It added that Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has called on Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu to demolish the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.

It also reported that heads of Jerusalem churches received reassurances from recently-reconfigured Higher Presidential Committee for Church Affairs.

The dailies reported the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk stating that the Palestinians are the victim of Israeli discrimination and violations.

According to al-Hayat al-Jadida, Japan provided an additional support of $7 million for the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).


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Publication:Palestine News Agency (WAFA) (Gaza, Palestine)
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Date:Mar 6, 2019
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