Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Israel Killing of Gaza Fisherman

RAMALLAH, March 8, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused, in their Sunday issue, on the Israeli navy’s shooting and killing of a fisherman offshore Gaza City late Saturday.

The three dailies said 32-years-old Tawfeeq Abu Rayali was shot and killed while two others were taken captive by the Israeli naval forces, which continue to target fishermen despite of the ceasefire deal reached last August between Palestinians and Israelis.

They also said that Israeli Border Police quelled a peaceful rally organized on the occasion of the international Women’s Day near Qalandia checkpoint, to the south of Ramallah.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv on Saturday, calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat said the Israeli authorities approved the deportation of four French nationals from the West Bank, after they participated in a weekly demonstration against the Israeli Apartheid Wall near the village of Bal’in, west of Ramallah.

Al-Ayyam quoted President Mahmoud Abbas, who said that Palestine’s membership in the International Criminal Court is not a “bargaining chip,” adding that the Palestinian Authority will refer the issue of Israeli settlement activities to the court.

Al-Hayat and al-Ayyam quoted Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who said that occupying the Gaza Strip would cost Israel 10 billion shekels (about $2.5 billion) annually.

The three papers said Egypt decided to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Monday and Tuesday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Jewish extremists assaulted a Palestinian elderly while he was exiting the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.