Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (July 9, 2017)
Alray International Media Watch
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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:

An Arab ambassador of a country that does not have diplomatic ties has apologized to his Israeli counterpart Carmel Shama-Hacohen for not being able to vote against the UNESCO resolution declaring Hebron's Old City—and with it the Cave of the Patriarchs—as a Palestinian World Heritage Site. Further details

Pro-Palestinian activists waved flags and banners protesting Radiohead's arrival in Israel on July 19th and called for a cultural boycott of the Jewish state during a performance at the Transmight Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Further details

Israel and Hamas are reportedly close to finishing up an intel exchange over the bodies of Israeli soldiers and living Israelis held in the Gaza Strip, as part of a two-stage prisoners exchange deal, according to an Arab reporter at Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, known to be close to the terrorist organization. Further details

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs will allocate NIS 4 million to ten fairs in the United States and Europe allowing farmers from the Jordan Valley to sell their peppers, spices and grapes to pro-Israel consumers despite a European boycott. Further details

US Ambassador Nikki Haley came out Friday against a decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to recognize the West Bank city of Hebron as a Palestinian heritage site, with only a passing mention of its significance to the Jewish faith. Further details

The Nazareth District Court on Wednesday convicted Kutaiba Atian, a 23-year-old Palestinian from Jericho, of murdering Daria Magdalena Rozmiarek, a 24-year-old tourist from Poland, in Nazareth in 2015—sentencing him to life in prison. Further details

Israel slammed a UNESCO resolution passed on Friday declaring Hebron's Old City—and with it the Cave of the Patriarchs—as a Palestinian World Heritage Site.  Further details

The Heritage Committee of the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted on Friday a Palestinian request to declare Hebron's Old City—and with it the Cave of the Patriarchs—as a Palestinian World Heritage Site, raising ire in Israel. Further details

A 14-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a Jewish boy in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of Jerusalem in October 2015 and attempted to stab a second person appealed his sentence to the Supreme Court on Thursday. Further details

Israel's ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Hacohen insisted Thursday the UNESCO resolution denying Israel sovereignty over Jerusalem and condemning archaeological excavation in the Old City should not be viewed as a "loss," as many nations did not support the Palestinians' position. Further details

The Jerusalem Post:

The inscription of Tomb of the Patriarchs to the World Heritage in Danger list was just the opening salvo in what will likely be a new battlefront in the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic war against the state of Israel. Further details

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation will vote Sunday on a series of bills with ramifications on diplomatic and political issues and matters of religion and state. Further details

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday. Further details

The Palestinians on Friday overwhelmingly welcomed UNESCO’s decision to add Hebron’s Old City including the Tomb of Patriarchs, which Muslims call the Ibrahimi Mosque, to its list of world heritage sites. Further details

Israel plans to cut one million dollars from its funding to the United Nations so that it can build a museum in Hebron. Further details

For the first time ever, the 21-member World Heritage committee recognized on Friday a significant Jewish religious site — the Cave of the Patriarchs — as part of the State of Palestine. Further details

A Hamas delegation in Cairo said the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip will be eased, following a series of meetings with Egyptian officials. Further details

 US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley joined Israel in its adamant critique of UNESCO's decision to designate Hebron's Old City and the Cave of the Patriarchs as Palestinian territory and endangered world heritage sites in a sharply-worded statement released Friday night. Further details

The Times of Israel:

Following a Lebanese media report of an impending “information for prisoners” swap deal between Israel and Hamas, Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday urged Israel not to release “live terrorists” for the bodies of dead soldiers. Further details

The family of an Israeli soldier whose body is being held by Hamas said Saturday it had not received any information indicating an imminent deal for the return of his remains. Further details

Israel and Hamas are close to a preliminary deal that could pave the way for the release of a number of Israeli nationals held captive by the terror group in Gaza, a Lebanese paper claimed Saturday. However, officials from both sides downplayed the report. Further details

Hours after UNESCO declared the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank, an endangered Palestinian world heritage site, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the move was both “tragic” and an “affront to history,” and that the US would review its ties with the world body as a result of the decision. Further details

The Palestinians hailed a UNESCO decision Friday to declare the Old City of Hebron an endangered Palestinian world heritage site, a move that sparked outrage from Israel, which condemned the resolution as “delusional,” and from the US. Further details

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that Israel would further reduce the amount it gives annually to the United Nations in membership fees by another $1 million following a decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to list the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank as an endangered Palestinian world heritage site. Further details

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed an anti-Israel resolution for the second time in less than a week on Friday, voting in a stormy session to have the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank, inscribed as a Palestinian world heritage site in danger. Further details

Power supplies have taken a fresh hit in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, with authorities Saturday accusing the rival Palestinian Authority of blocking fuel payments to Egypt from going through banks. Further details

Four former Hamas members took part in the Islamic State’s attack in the Sinai Peninsula that killed at least 23 Egyptian soldiers, a top Israeli defense official claimed Saturday. Further details

Israel National News:

Education Minister Naftali Bennett addressed this morning, Sunday, reports last week about a developing “information deal” between Israel and Hamas as a precursor to a prisoner swap deal. Further details

Hamas held a mass rally in Gaza days ago in protest of the PA's policy of punitive measures against Hamas authorities that attempt to force it to dismantle the Executive Committee, which is actually the de facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip. Further details

BDS activists demonstrated at a concert by the band Radiohead Friday night at a music festival in Glasgow, Scotland, ahead of the band’s scheduled performance in Tel Aviv on July 19. Further details

The leader of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip Yahya Al-Sinwar took a tour of a buffer zone which Hamas established along the border with Egypt. Further details

Power supplies took a fresh hit in Hamas-run Gaza on Saturday, AFP reported, with Hamas authorities accusing the rival Palestinian Authority (PA) of blocking fuel payments to Egypt from going through banks. Further details

The family of fallen IDF soldier Oron Shaul responded to rumors that the Israeli government is negotiating with Hamas for the return of Oron and Hadar Goldin's bodies, saying that they don’t know if the information is accurate. Further details

The family of fallen IDF soldier Hadar Goldin spoke on Saturday night about the reports that Israel is negotiating a prisoner swap with Hamas, saying that they have not received any official notifications regarding negotiations with Hamas, and pushing government to turn the tables on Hamas. Further details

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Friday condemned UNESCO for passing a resolution declaring Hebron an “endangered Palestinian heritage site”. Further details

Palestinian Authority President (PA) Mahmoud Abbas on Friday praised the United Nations’ cultural organization UNESCO for its decision claiming that Hebron is an “endangered Palestinian heritage site”. Further details

The United States said on Friday it was reviewing ties with UNESCO after the UN cultural organization declared the Old City of Hebron to be an “endangered Palestinian heritage site”. Further details

Following the resolution passed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee regarding the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday decided to cut an additional $1 million from the membership funds that Israel pays to the UN. Further details

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