Newspaper Review: Dailies Focus on Israel’s Quelling of Peaceful West Bank Rallies

RAMALLAH, August 29, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted in their Saturday issue the Israeli army quelling of the peaceful weekly demonstrations organized across the West Bank.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam opted to highlight the Israeli forces’ quelling of the demonstrations as their main front page headlines.

Both dailies shared the same headline that read: live ammunition injuries and arrests [reported] during the Israeli army suppression of weekly demonstrations.  Al-Quds reported that calls were made to international human rights organizations, urging them to uphold their responsibilities toward the Palestinian people.

It said that the Israeli army wore camouflage [to blend in with our surroundings], while arresting Palestinian activists protesting the Israeli settlements in Nabi Saleh.

Covering the same issue, al-Hayyat al-Jadida said that dozens of injuries were reported in West Bank clashes, including four shot and injured with live ammunition.

Regarding clashes that broke out in Ramallah’s village of Nabi Saleh on Friday during an Israeli army quelling of a peaceful rally protesting Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby illegal Hallamish settlement, it said that [the village of] Nabi Saleh taught [the Israeli] occupation a lesson.

Al-Hayyat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam printed a photo of Palestinian locals, including a female minor, women, and elderly, in Nabi Saleh attempting to free a child with a broken arm from an Israeli soldier’s tight grip. Al-Quds printed a photo of the child crying as the soldier placed the child in a headlock at gunpoint.

The child, who was identified as Mohammed Bassim, sustained fractures in his arm during an Israeli army raid on the village two days ago. Forces reportedly beat him up along with other locals.

Meanwhile, al-Quds reported that violent clashes erupted between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth after the former stormed the Bethlehem area, where they raided Palestinian locals’ homes and deployed its troops at its main streets.

While al-Quds and al-Ayyam opted to highlight weekly demonstrations across the West Bank, al-Hayyat al-Jadida had a large headline in bold black that read: Dignitaries, mayors, and elders in Gaza renew their pledge of allegiance to President Mahmoud Abbas, describing him as the safety valve for the [Palestinian] national project. Al-Guds also mentioned the same issue.

On a different subject, al-Hayyat al-Jadida and al-Quds said that UNRWA schools open its doors on time thanks to a $15 million Kuwaiti pledge.

Meanwhile, al-Ayyam reported on a United Nations’ report, in which it stated that [Israeli] occupation demolished 417 structures in West Bank since the start of 2015. It said that [as a result], 495 Palestinians were displaced, including 277 children. Al-Quds covered the same issue, adding that 98 Palestinians were arrested [by Israel] in [the third week of August].

Regarding Israel’s latest [unilateral] enforcement of a temporal division on al-Aqsa mosque, al-Ayyam quoted The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, as saying that, the second occupation of al-Aqsa mosque has begun.

In the meantime, al-Ayyam said that a new academic research revealed that the main aim behind teaching the Arabic language in Israeli schools is to prepare cadres to be recruited by the Israeli intelligence.

Al-Quds said that the Israel Land Authority (ILA) granted two Israeli companies tenders for the constrcution of two hotels in the area of Jabal al-Mukaber in Jerusalem. The project, [which comes as part of a previously approved plan to build some 1,400 hotel rooms near Jabel Mukaber], was under review of Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality’s Regional Committee for Planning and Construction committee since 2003.