Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Al-Aqsa Clashes after Attempt to Hoist Israel Flag

RAMALLAH, August 5, 2015 (WAFA) – The clashes that erupted inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Palestinian worshippers and Islamic Waqf-appointed security guards and Israeli police following a settler’s attempt to raise the Israeli flag over the holy site hit the front page headlines in the three Arabic Palestinian dailies.

Covering the clashes in its main front page news article, al-Quds reported that Palestinian worshippers and security guards managed to foil a French Jew’s attempt to raise the flag of Israel at the Dome of the Rock.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that Palestinian worshippers and security guards were assaulted and detained by Israeli police after they fended off an extremist settler’s attempt to raise the flag of Israel.

On the other hand, al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to highlight a series of meetings attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ in Cairo and Amman.

It reported that Abbas met with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-‘Arabi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at Cairo as well as with the President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder in Amman.

It also reported that Abbas would attend a meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee in Cairo on Wednesday

Furthermore, al-Quds reported that Abbas has rejected a request for a meeting from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Al-Ayyam reported that Abbas discussed with both al-‘Arabi and Shoukry efforts to submit a UN Security Council draft resolution on Israeli settlers’ terrorism.

Highlighting the latest Palestinian government reshuffle, al-Quds reported on Hamas Political Bureau member Moussa Abu Marzouq as saying Hamas movement would not deal with the new ministers sworn into the Palestinian government in a reshuffle last week.

Covering Israeli forces and settlers’ attacks against Palestinians and property across the occupied Palestinian Territories, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli forces razed large tracts of farmland belonging to the Hebron village of al-Karmel village to the east of Yatta.

Al-Quds also reported that Israeli forces Palestinian structures and facilities in the Hebron towns of Beit Kahel and Halhul.

It also reported that Israeli settlers attempted to kidnap a Palestinian child in the East Jerusalem village of Hizma.

Both al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israel intends to implement a plan to build settler units, a synagogue, a tourist center and an archeological park in the Jerusalem Old City’s neighborhood of al-Maghariba.

Al-Ayyam also reported that Palestinians in Yaffa marched in protest and denunciation of the latest terrorist arson attack perpetrated by settlers in the Nablus village of Duam.

It also reported that Israeli police prolonged the detention of Meir Ettinger, Meir Kahane’s grandson, and requested help to detain the settlers who committed the arson attack that burned the Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabshe to death.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on Palestinian Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi denouncing the Jewish settlers who perpetrated the latest arson attack as having their hands covered by Palestinian children’s blood.