Newspaper Review: 10 Years in Jail for Stone Throwing Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 1, 2015 (WAFA) – The recently approved Israeli bill that would see Palestinian protestors who throw stones at settlers’ vehicles moving within the occupied West Bank jailed up to 10 years dominated the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Covering the bill in its main front page news item, al-Quds reported that an Israeli ministerial committee approved two bills against Palestinians.

It added that the two bills would impose severe penalties against Palestinians who throw stones and would deprive the detainees from the right to contact their families. Al-Hayat al-Jadida named the bill as ‘Stone children’ bill.

Al-Ayyam opted to cover Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks during a press conference with visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

It reported on Netanyahu who demanded that Palestinians stop what he labeled as “a campaign to delegitimize Israel” and recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He stated that the problem does not lie in settlement construction, but in security arrangements.

Covering Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s meeting with Steinmeier in Ramallah, al-Quds quoted Hamallah: “The international community reaffirmed that Palestinian institutions are ready for statehood.”

Al-Ayyam highlighted Hamdallah who called on Germany to recognize the Palestinian state.

Reporting on the same issue, al-Hayat al-Jadida added that Steinmeier would make visit the Gaza Strip on Monday and quoted him: “The peace process could not last forever.”

Al-Quds said that the Israeli public prosecution nullified a procedure that allows the expansion of ‘state land’ in the West Bank without making any announcement.

It reported that Israeli settlers set fire to a Palestinian home in Hebron and forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

It added that Israeli forces sealed entrances lleading to Nablus and stormed greenhouses in Marj Ibn ‘Amer.

In the wake of Chairman of Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub’s suspension of the proposal to suspend Israel’s membership in FIFA, al-Ayyam quoted Israeli Foreign Ministry sources as saying: “We lack the tools necessary to confront the political uprising.”

Responding to reports claiming that Rajoub voted for FIFA Chairman Sepp Blatter, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein as refuting such reports.

Price ‘Ali was quoted as announcing: “The Palestinian people are our people and Rjoub has supported us.”

Reporting on the same issue, it quoted Jordanian parliamentarian Yahya al-S‘oud as denying reports that he has requested that Jordanian citizenship, also known as the national number’, be revoked from Rajoub.

Al-Quds reported that Palestinian activists in Gaza have marked five years since Israel’s attack on the first Freedom Flotilla in 2010 and welcomed Freedom Flotilla III.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam printed a photo featuring Palestinian activists aboard a boat sailing near Gaza seaport raising flags of Palestine and Lebanon.

Covering the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee’s meeting with major donors in Brussels, al-Ayyam reported on the AHLC: “The Palestinians will need high levels of budget assistance during the coming years.”