Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Failing Health of Detainee Facing Force Feeding

RAMALLAH, August 11, 2015 (WAFA) – The critical health condition of hunger-striking Palestinian detainee Mohammad Allan, who was moved to Barzilai Medical Center (BMC) in Ashdod, together with calls condemning news regarding force-feeding him hit the front page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Ayyam reported that Allan has been on a hunger strike for 56 days in a row amidst calls on the Israeli medical staff in BMC to refuse force-feeding him.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that Allan’s health condition is very critical and that BMC Director Hezi Levi has announced that he would not allow force-feeding Allan.

Both newspapers added as part of their main front page news item that Palestinian detainees in Nafha Israeli prison have declared “complete defiance” and that 32 detainees are still hunger-striking.

Although not covering this theme in its main front page news article, al-Quds reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to set up a special unit in Barzilai to “deal with” hunger-striking Palestinian detainees.

On the other hand, al-Quds opted to highlight growing Israeli concerns over the European Union’s anticipated boycott of Israeli banks operating in West Bank settlements and described these concerns as a harbinger of a looming economic-political earthquake that would strike Israel.

Covering the same subject, al-Ayyam reported that the Israeli banks are concerned about being subject to EU sanctions as a result of their role in supporting settlement construction.

Furthermore, al-Quds quoted PLO Executive Committee member Ahmad Majdalani as announcing that arrangements are being made for President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to Iran.

Covering Israeli forces and settlers’ assaults against Palestinian people and property across the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT), al-Quds reported that Israeli forces forced a Palestinian man to demolish an agricultural room or facility in the Hebron town of Beit Kahel.

Israeli forces were also reported in al-Ayyam as having demolished three houses in addition to an agricultural facility in Hebron and Salfit districts. Al-Hayat al-Jadida explained that the demolished structures included a house in the Salfit village of Deir Ballut, and two residential structures and a livestock barn in the Hebron town of Adh-Dhahiriya.

Furthermore al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that a large number of Palestinians marched in the funeral procession of 20-year-old Palestinian Anas Taha, who was shot dead by Israeli forces the day before, in his hometown of Qatanna to the northwest of Jerusalem.

Taha was shot dead by Israeli forces after he allegedly took part in a stabbing attack on an Israeli settler at a gas station on Route 443, southwest of Ramallah.

Moreover, al-Ayyam reported that Israeli police have released all settlers suspected of perpetrating the terrorist arson attack that claimed the lives of toddler ‘Ali Dawabsheh and his father and critically injured his mother, Riham and 4-year-old brother in the Nablus village of Duma on July 31.

It also reported that Israeli authorities in contrast have extended the detention of five Palestinian Arabs for protesting against the settlers’ terrorist attack of Duma.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that a Palestinian girl from Bethlehem district was detained for the alleged intention to stab an Israeli female police.