Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Abbas’ Speech at HRC, Palestinian Killed in Hebron

RAMALLAH, October 29, 2015 (WAFA) – The speech delivered by President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN Human Rights Council special session coupled with Israeli soldiers’ shooting of a Palestinian youth in the Hebron neighborhood of Tel Rumeida hit the front page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Abbas was reported in al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida as warning that it might become too late to realize the two-state solution.

He demanded the UN, according to al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida, to immediately and urgently provide international protection for the Palestinian people living under Israeli military occupation.

Abbas was quoted in the three dailies as affirming that the recent upheaval among the Palestinian people is the “inevitable outcome” of violations and crimes committed by Israel.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida’s headline read: “The current human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories is the worst and most critical since 1948.”

Regarding Abbas’ pledge to continue to work with the International Criminal Court (ICC) concerning Israeli crimes and executions, Al-Quds reported on PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Saeb Erekat as stating that Abbas would submit next Saturday a portfolio summarizing Israel’s extrajudicial killings of Palestinians.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that an international legal team was appointed to take legal proceedings against Israel officials at ICC.

Furthermore, the latest killing of Hebron’s 23-year-old Islam Ebedo hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

They reported that Ebedo was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in Hebron and dozens of Palestinians were shot and injured during clashes across the West Bank, especially in Abu Dis.

Al-Ayyam slammed the killing of the Palestinian man as extrajudicial.

Highlighting the situation in Jerusalem, especially in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the three dailies reported that Israeli right-wingers forced their way into the compound and attempted to perform religious prayers.

Both al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli forces stormed Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem, confiscated a computer and looked through patients’ files, although no arrests were reported.

Amnesty International was reported in al-Quds and al-Ayyam as condemning unlawful killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces.

Al-Quds reported that New Zealand is advancing a draft resolution in the UN Security Council with the purpose of restarting Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. Although Israel opposed the draft resolution, al-Quds said it described it as more balanced than the French initiative.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was reported in al-Quds and al-Ayyam as claiming his country would spare no effort to achieve the two-state solution.

Furthermore, the three dailies reported the Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission has successfully prevented an Israeli company from seizing 400 dunums of land near the Nablus village of Biddya.