Newspaper Review: Beersheba Central Bus Station Shooting Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, October 19, 2015 (WAFA) – The shooting incident at the Central Bus Station in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba that led to the death of an Israeli soldier and injuring 11 other Israelis hit the front page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The three papers reported an Israeli soldier was killed and a Palestinian young man, suspected of being the attacker, was shot dead by Israeli police.

Al-Quds said several Israelis were injured as a result of the attack, while al-Ayyam reported that a total of 11 Israelis were injured.

Al-Quds reported in this regard that an Eritrean Israeli was shot dead after being suspected of being a second attacker.

Furthermore, the three newspapers reported that Israeli government began the installation process of a large concrete wall in the occupied East Jerusalem to separate the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir from the illegal Israeli settlement of Armon Hanatziv. Al-Hayat al-Jadida slammed the wall as “racist” (apartheid).

Highlighting severe restrictions imposed by Israeli ‘security’ cabinet on Palestinian neighborhoods across Jerusalem, al-Quds reported that having imposed such restrictions, Israel has effectively stifled Palestinians’ life across the city.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that Israeli police is allowed to conduct body search for unsuspected Palestinians and that four Israeli municipalities have prohibited Arab workers’ entry into schools.

Israeli member of Knesset Avigdor Liberman was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as calling for the use of excessive force and the imposition of collective reprisals against Palestinians.

Minister of Education Naftali Bennett was reported in the same newspaper as urging Israelis to carry firearms.

The three dailies reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet President Mahmoud Abbas and King of Jordan Abdullah II in the Middle East as well as Netanyahu in Germany during this week.

Al-Quds reported on PLO Executive Committee member Zakaria al-Agha as stating that the PLO is pondering stopping dealing with Israel.

Furthermore, the three dailies highlighted Israel’s official position on a French draft UN Security Council presidential statement calling for international observers to be deployed on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The three dailies highlighted Israel’s vehement rejection of this French proposal.

Al-Quds added in this regard that Israel and the US are making intensified efforts in order to foil the French proposal.

Al-Ayyam added in this regard that having rejected the French proposal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserts the Israeli occupation of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Al-Quds reported on Israeli ‘Justice’ Minister Ayelet Shaked as claiming that there is nothing such as Palestine.

Highlighting clashes across the West Bank, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that several Palestinians were shot and injured and other suffocated during clashes.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli forces raided Palestine Technical University Kadoorie in Tulkarem.

Al-Ayyam also reported that a female Israeli settler rammed her vehicle into a Palestinian girl near the Hebron refugee camp of al-Arrub.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported that settlers went on a rampage in Hebron and attempted to kidnap two Palestinians near the Nablus village of Burin.

The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as expressing concerns that Israeli police shot Basel Sidr, 20, and Fadi Alloun, 19, in Jerusalem “not to stop them in their tracks, but to kill them”.

It was also reported in al-Ayyam as expressing concerns that both Palestinians were shot while not “posing danger”.