The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted in their issue published today last night’s meeting of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which focused on the upcoming legislative elections planned for May 22.
The main front-page headline on this topic in al-Hayat al-Jadida, which dedicated the top half of its page to this meeting, quoted President Mahmoud Abbas, who chaired the meeting, saying; “We are determined to hold the elections on scheduled in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.”
Al-Quds daily also had the same headline, while al-Ayyam daily said the Executive Committee called on the international community to urge Israel not to obstruct the elections.
Al-Ayyam quoted the Central Elections Commission saying that 150,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem should be able to vote without Israeli obstructions.
It also said that Israel is ignoring a request to allow European observers to monitor the Palestinian elections.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Foreign Minister Riyad Malki is going to start a European tour at the instructions of President Abbas to win support for the elections.
In other news, Al-Quds said the Israeli occupation removed a cemetery east of Yatta, raided Humsa community, seized a tractor, and summoned the director of Al-Aqsa Mosque for interrogation, and al-Ayyam added that settlers set fire to the electricity box for the water tank in Asira al-Qibliya.
Al-Quds said a bill was placed with the Israeli parliament calling for legalizing and organizing the settlement outposts.
The dailies also highlighted the latest with coronavirus at home and the world and said that 34 people have died of the disease in Palestine yesterday, including 23 in the Gaza Strip, and 988 new cases were recorded.