Newspaper Review: Registration of Electoral Lists in Anticipation of Local Elections

The completion of the registration of electoral lists in anticipation of the local elections scheduled to take place in October hit the front page headlines in Palestinian daily newspapers.

Covering this theme in its main front page news article, al-Ayyam said a total of 180 electoral lists are expected to win local elections without contest in the West Bank.

Al-Quds reported former Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Khaled Abu Arafa as warning that choosing the electoral lists by acclamation would serve to increase tensions among Palestinians.

Al-Quds said the construction of hundreds of new settler units is underway in Jerusalem –district settlement, namely Pisgat Zeev, Jabal Abu Ghneim (Har Homa), Navi Yaakov and Modi’in Illit.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Israeli police detained a Palestinian boy allegedly for finding a knife in his possession outside of Shufat refugee camp, north of Jerusalem.

Both dailies said thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral procession of Ahmad Halaweh in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

It is worth noting that Halaweh, the highest ranking Nablus-area leader of Fatah’s military wing, the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, was brutally beaten to death by Palestinian security forces following violent confrontations between Palestinian gunmen and security forces in the Old City of Nablus.

Halaweh was accused of being the “mastermind” of the shooting attack that killed two Palestinian security officers in Nablus.

Al-Quds said Israeli occupation authorities tightened restrictions on Palestinian farmers in Salfit district who were briefly allowed to tend their lands isolated by Israel’s segregation wall.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted Russian efforts to convene a meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow.

Al-Ayyam reported member of Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Executive Committee Ahmad Majdalani as stating in this regard what would be important is the content and results of this meeting.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Abbas discussed with the US Consul-General in Jerusalem Donald Blome political issues of mutual interest and mutual relations.

Al-Quds said six-year-old Ahmad Dawabsheh, who survived the July 2015 arson attack against the Dawabsheh family house in the Nablus village of Duma, started the school year in Duma School.

Al-Ayyam reported Israel court delayed hearing for UNDP worker, ]accused of diverting resources for Hamas[.

Finally, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat said Israel to hold wine festival on the ruins of Ma’man Allah Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.

Source: WAFA