RAMALLAH, June 16, 2012 (WAFA) – Reports of Israeli demolition of historic Islamic buildings in East Jerusalem following 1967 and the Egyptian run-off presidential elections were the focus of Saturday’s issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.
Al-Quds highlighted a report that appeared in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz based on a rare photo proving that Israel has destroyed after its occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967 the all-Arab Magharbe quarter in East Jerusalem to build the Western Wall plaza one of the few remaining historic mosques from the time of the famous Muslim leader Salah Eddin over 800 years ago.
Al-Ayyam featured the Egyptian run-off presidential elections between the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsy and Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister in the administration of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
The dailies reported on the Israeli assaults targeting the weekly Friday non-violent demonstrations against the Apartheid Wall and settlements across the West Bank. They said dozens of suffocation cases among the protesters were reported due to Israeli army use of tear gas, as well as four injuries from rubber-coated metal bullets, including a journalist and two international activists.
PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat denied in statement published by the dailies reports of a meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Erekat revealed that Israeli deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz requested to meet Abbas and that the request is being considered but that no date has been set for the meeting.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida featured the return of calm to the Palestinian refugee camp Nahr al-Bared north of Beirut after a Palestinian refugee was shot and killed during a violent standoff between camp residents and the Lebanese army on Friday.