Newspaper Review: Clashes Rock Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 14, 2015 (WAFA) – The clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians at Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the second consecutive day as the former stormed the mosque compound, firing rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades, leading to the injury of several Palestinians, hit the front page headlines in Palestinian daily newspapers.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli special forces stormed al-Qibli mosque, the southern main building in the compound, and attacked worshippers, firing tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at them.

Al-Quds also reported that as a result of the Israeli crackdown on Palestinian worshippers inside the mosque, 110 worshippers were reportedly injured, the mosque windows were destroyed and the mosque’s prayer mats were partially burnt.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that Israeli occupation forces turned the mosque into a battle field in order to facilitate settlers’ intrusions into the mosque compound. Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli occupation forces and extremist settlers “desecrated” the mosque.

President Mahmoud Abbas was reported in the three dailies as condemning the Israeli crackdown on the mosque and stating that he would not stand idly by before these attacks.

Meanwhile, the Arab League was reported in al-Quds newspaper as warning Israel against proceeding with the provocation of Arabs and Muslims feelings.

It was also reported in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida as warning Israel against attempting to implement the temporal and spatial division of the mosque.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov as voicing concerns over provocations and violence in and around the mosque compound.

Al-Ayyam also said that Egypt and Jordan condemned the Israeli crackdown on the mosque and called on Israel to halt its attacks.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam printed two different photos featuring Palestinians cleaning up the debris inside the mosque following the clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police just hours before the start of the Jewish New Year.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida printed two different photos featuring a Palestinian taking a burnt carpet out of the mosque and part of the confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli police in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Furthermore, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III as slamming the construction of the annexation wall between Jerusalem and Bethlehem as a “historical tragedy”.