Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Israel’s Land Confiscation near Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, July 5, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Sunday issue on Israeli West Jerusalem municipality’s decision to confiscate 600 dunums of private Palestinian land in the town of Issawiya, just north of Jerusalem.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that, according to Israeli human rights group Peace Now, Nir Barakat, Mayor of Jerusalem, ordered the confiscation of the said land, which he noted would be allocated to establishing a “national garden”.

Meanwhile, al-Quds quoted Defense for Children International which said that 17-year-old Mohammad al-Kasabah, who was shot dead by an Israeli army officer last Friday, posed no threat to the officer’s life.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian in their vehicles with stones at Highway 1, east of Jerusalem, late Saturday. It added that two Palestinians were injured lightly, before Israeli police arrived at the scene.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam reported on Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi’s declaration of a state of emergency in the country on Saturday, saying the “Islamist” militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners last month had left the country “in a state of war”.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Palestine Cellular Communications company “Jawwal” in Gaza denied it had reached an agreement with Hamas to reopen its Gaza offices. Jawwal’s offices in Gaza were shut down last month over a tax dispute with Hamas.

Al-Ayyam said the International Crisis Group ruled out the possibility of a prolonged calm in Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, which has recently seen relative peace after months of escalation last year.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Israeli army commander of Gaza Brigade, Col. Nohi Mandel, said that amidst the raging fight in Sinai between Egyptian government forces and Islamic State group, Israel prefers that Hamas continues to maintain its rule in Gaza to prevent a possible takeover of Gaza by IS.

Al-Ayyam said three children and a woman were killed during two separate security incidents in the Sinai Peninsula.