Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Israeli Suppression of Non-Violent Protest

RAMALLAH, August 31, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Monday issue on the Israeli army’s quelling of a non-violent march outside the town of Beit Jala, north of Bethlehem, to protest ongoing Israeli construction of parts of the Israeli Apartheid Wall on the town’s lands.

The dailies said the army attacked the non-violent protesters, including clergymen and state officials, with teargas canisters, causing multiple cases of suffocation.

In a different subject, al-Quds said the Israeli authorities recently started to expand the settlements of Betar Illit, west of Bethlehem, and Tzur Hadasa, just close to the border from the Israeli side, at the expense of Palestinian lands belonging to the nearby village Wadi Fukin.

The three dailies, al-Quds, al-Ayyam, and al-Hayat al-Jadida, also reported on President Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman on Sunday. They said both leaders have discussed ways to revive peace talks as well as Israel’s recent escalation in the city of Jerusalem.

The dailies also said that according to Fatah official Dmitry Deliani, a Jewish court, consisted of 71 rabbis, has given the Holy See Pope Francis an ultimatum of two weeks to apologize for his recent recognition of the State of Palestine, or else he would be tried.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli police continued to prevent entry of women to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, which came amid reports of actual temporal division of the Mosque by Israel between Muslims and Jews.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said [President Mahmoud Abbas] formally appointed Azzam esh-Shawwa as Governor of the Monetary Authority, replacing former Governor Jihad al-Wazir.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam quoted the Israeli dailies Haaretz, which said the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank is planning to evict settlers from more than 5,000 dunams (1,250 acres) of private Palestinian farmlands in the Jordan Valley. They said the Civil Administration team has begun negotiations with the settlers to leave and receive financial compensation instead.

Al-Ayyam said an Israeli soldier was injured when a vehicle run him over near Hebron on Sunday. There were no clues whether the incident was a traffic accident or a deliberate attack. The daily said an Israeli settler was injured when an unknown assailant opened fire at him near the illegal settlement of Kedumim, west of Nablus.