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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (August 6, 2019)
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Alray International Media Watch section is a daily press tour through selected international websites and newspapers, particularly the Israeli ones.

This section is prepared by Alray Palestinian Media Agency to update its viewers with the most Palestinian top news in the international press.

Yedioth Ahronoth:

The Palestinian Authority has for the first time announced its intent to grant building permits in parts of the West Bank known as Area C, which is under full Israeli civilian and security control. Further details


The Greek Orthodox Church on Monday filed a new lawsuit in Jerusalem District Court against the Ateret Cohanim settler organization in a bid to overturn a Supreme Court decision upholding the sale of three properties in predominantly Arab parts of the Old City of Jerusalem. Further details


A clear majority of Israelis believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has improved the country's standing on the world stage and bolstered its military strength, but less than a half give him a pass on integrity or willingness to narrow societal gaps, according to data released Monday by the Israel Democracy Institute. Further details


A new locally-developed app helps Palestinian drivers in the West Bank negotiate traffic at Israeli military checkpoints and uncover routes to towns mainstream providers often miss. Further details


Hundreds of Israelis took to social media to ridicule a “unity petition” signed by lawmakers from the ruling Likud party, proclaiming their loyalty to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Further details


The Jerusalem Post:

The 41 US House Democrats who arrived in Israel on Monday on a trip sponsored by an AIPAC affiliated charity are doing more than “just” showing mainstream Democratic support for Israel, they are wresting control of the party from the high-profile Progressive wing trying to hijack it. Further details


Researcher David Collier has published a 200-page report which has been passed on to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) presenting the case that Jeremy Corbyn "radicalized" Labour Party members into becoming "obsessed" with Israel and the Jewish people, it was reported in the Jewish Chronicle. Further details


The majority of Israelis expect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be re-elected on Sept. 17, according to a new poll by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI). Some 56% of the Israeli public thinks that there is a small chance that a candidate besides Netanyahu will form the next government. Further details


Likud MKs who signed a petition declaring their loyalty to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Monday that they were embarrassed by the petition and that they believed it harmed the party. Further details


There is no chance Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will annex settlements without the United Right, its leader Ayelet Shaked told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Further details


An ethnic studies curriculum proposed by the California Department of Education is “inaccurate and misleading” and reflects an “anti-Jewish bias,” Jewish members of the state’s legislature wrote to the head of the committee writing the curriculum. Further details


Ending the Occupation” has been one of the most successful propaganda campaigns since it was invented nearly 50 years ago. Further details


The Higher Planning Council for “Judea and Samaria” is slated to debate approvals for a 194-unit plan on Monday that would place settler homes very close to the West Bank security barrier, according to left-wing NGO Peace Now. Further details


In a press statement, Hamas condemned the raising of a Nazi flag next to the Palestinian flag on the Gaza border fence, stressing that such actions "inflict horrific outcomes on our just cause." Further details


The Times of Israel:

Israeli troops on Monday afternoon arrested two Palestinian men who crossed into “Israel” carrying two handguns and ammunition from the northern West Bank, the soldiers’ commander said. Further details


Organizers of the weekly protests at the Gaza border have canceled Friday’s demonstrations due to the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, a Hamas-affiliated newspaper reported Monday. Further details


Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Sunday that the Palestinians will deal with all territories in the West Bank as if Ramallah maintains security and administrative control over them. Further details


 A controversial campaign ad by the Blue and White party has exposed cracks within the centrist alliance, with party leader Benny Gantz on Monday issuing thinly veiled criticism of his No. 2, Yair Lapid, for sharing the video accused of featuring anti-Semitic tropes. Further details


Iran has agreed to massively increase its monthly payments to Palestinian “terror group” Hamas in exchange for intelligence on Israeli missile capabilities, an Israeli television network reported Monday. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party attempted to broker an agreement between all the political parties not to file court petitions against individual candidates in the upcoming Knesset elections, a move immediately slammed Monday by the rival Blue and White party as an attempt to shield the far-right Otzma Yehudit faction. Further details


A new Palestinian-made mobile driving app seeks to fill the gaps left by mainstream platforms like Google Maps and Waze in navigating the restrictions faced by Palestinian drivers in the West Bank. Further details


Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is reportedly slated to oppose the Likud party’s plan to once again arm its polling officials stationed in Arab communities with hidden cameras during the upcoming election. Further details


The Likud party has doubled its budget for a surveillance operation targeting balloting stations in Arab towns on election day in September, expanding a program critic have said is being used as a form of voter intimidation to keep Arabs from the polls. Further details