Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Suppressing Mass Demos to Support Al-Aqsa Mosque

RAMALLAH, September 30, 2015 (WAFA) – The quelling of demonstrations across the West Bank in support of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli forces hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that dozens of Palestinians were injured as Israeli military proceeded to suppress the “uprising” across the West Bank.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added in this regard that general strikes were proclaimed across the northern West Bank districts.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted Israeli settlers’ growing intrusion into the Mosque compound.

Al-Quds reported in this regard that settlers proceeded with their “onslaught” against the Mosque compound, forcing their way into it via several gates under the protection of Israeli police.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that a total of 141 settlers forced their way into the Mosque compound as Israeli police stepped up their detention operations against Palestinians across Jerusalem.

Palestinian Government Spokesperson Ihab Bseiso was quoted in al-Quds and al-Ayyam as stating: “The Israeli aggression against Jerusalem aims to undermine the two-state solution.”

Al-Quds also reported in this regard that Israel has threatened to hold Palestinians who have been “leading” the confrontations across Jerusalem under administrative detention. Meanwhile, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on Palestinian member of Knesset Jamal Zahalka as saying: “We won’t accept the imposition of a new fait accompli on Al-Aqsa Mosque, which will be defended by our people.”

On the other hand, the three dailies published President Mahmoud Abbas’ article on the rising of the Palestinian flag at the United Nations (UN). The article, titled The First-Ever Raising of Palestine’s Flag at the UN is Our Moment of Hope, can be accessed here.

Covering the article in its main front page news item, al-Ayyam quoted Abbas as stating that the peace process should be “collective and multilateral” in order to bring the Israeli occupation to an end.

Discussing the speech to be delivered by Abbas at the UNGA, some Palestinian officials were reported in al-Ayyam as explaining that during his speech, Abbas would stress that it would be impossible to ]the Palestinian leadership[ to unilaterally commit to the agreements signed with Israel.

Covering settlers’ assaults against Palestinians and their property across the West Bank, al-Quds reported that settlers demonstrated at the entrance of the Bethlehem town of Beit Fajjar, blocking it with their vehicles. It also reported that settlers broke into Nablus’ archeological site of Sebastia.

Moreover, referring to a Haaretz news article, al-Quds reported that Palestinians are excluded from Israeli police map of Hebron district.

Furthermore, the three dailies reported that a number of Palestinian detainees who have agreed to suspend their hunger strike following concessions for the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

Al-Quds explained that the IPS has pledged not to extend the administrative detention of Nidal Abu Aker and Ghassan Zawahra.

Furthermore, the dailies reported that the US would be briefed on the tragedy of the West Bank tent and makeshift village of Susiya, which has been torn down before and continues to be threatened with demolition by the Israeli military.

It should be explained in this regard that six Palestinians are making a visit to Washington, where they have already met with US Senator Dianne Feinstein, to secure a position against Israeli plans to demolish their village.