Law allowing deduction of prisoners’ allowances focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, An Israeli parliament (Knesset) law that allows deducting the amount of the welfare allowances set by the Palestinian government for families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and those killed by Israelis dominated the front page headlines in local Palestinian dailies on Tuesday.

The dailies reported that the Knesset approved a law that would deduct those allowances from the tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

They added that the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Security Committee also unanimously approved a proposal to withheld funds from the PA tax revenues as compensation payments for damages resulting from fires sparked by flammable kites flown from Gaza.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported the Palestinian government stating in this regard that it would never abandon Palestinians held in Israeli imprisonment and families of those killed by Israelis.

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi was also reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida slamming the laws as an act of political blackmail that Palestinians would not acquiesce to.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported that the Knesset’s Constitution Committee has endorsed a draft law that authorized the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division to manage lands in the occupied West Bank.

Additionally, al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that Israel is scheduled to demolish on Tuesday 15 settler units in the so-called Netiv Haavot outpost, south of Bethlehem, but started the groundwork for a new nearby settlement.

They also reported that over 300 public figures from around the world slammed Israel’s plan to forcefully transfer the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, as a war crime.

Over 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders and activists from around the world and Israel reportedly published an open letter voicing opposition to Israel’s plans to forcibly transfer Khan al-Ahmar community.

According to the dailies, President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to receive Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, Prince William, in Ramallah on June 27.

They added that a total of 350,000 Muslim worshippers observed Laylat al-Qadr, traditionally celebrated on the night before 27th day of Ramadan, at East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Moreover, Palestinian Education Minister Sabri Saidam was reported in al-Quds revealing that Washington has withheld a report indicating that Palestinian curriculum was free from violence and incitement.

The dailies said that Israeli settlers shot and injured two Palestinians as they attacked Burin village, south of Nablus.

Al-Quds said that Israeli forces conducted multiple overnight raids across the West Bank and detained 11 Palestinians.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the European Union (EU) has contributed Euros 15 million to the PA’s payment of social allowances to poor families in the west Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, al-Quds said that US President Donald Trump’s team would commence a trip to the Middle East on June 20 to market the so-called ultimate deal as it is unlikely that they would meet the Palestinian leadership.

The dailies said that a total of 32 Palestinians were injured, including nine critical, in three car crashes in the West Bank.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli military conducted drills in Aqraba town, south of Nablus, destroying Palestinian farmlands.

It reported the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, stating that 80 percent of the Palestinian population in the besieged Gaza Strip was dependent on humanitarian aid.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency