Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Suspension of Allan’s Detention

RAMALLAH, August 20, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli High Court’s decision to suspend the detention-without-trial or charge of hunger-striking detainee Mohammad ‘Allan hit the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The dailies reported that the Israeli High Court has decided to suspend the detention order of ‘Allan following a 65-day-long hunger strike.

Al-Quds quoted Head of the Committee for Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs Issa Qaraqe‘ as hailing this suspension as “a national and legendary victory” and “a step toward ending ]Israeli[arbitrary measures” against Palestinian detainees.

The three dailies reported that Israeli forces demolished a building under construction in Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Wadi al-Jouz and an agricultural structure in Ramallah’s village, Beit Our.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida also published that Israeli forces served a demolition notice for an apartment belonging to a Palestinian detainee, who is accused of stabbing and killing an Israeli settler in November 201, in Hebron.

Moreover, the three dailies highlighted confrontations between Palestinian and international activists as well as Christian families and clergymen and Israeli forces at the site where Issraeli forces uprooted over 50 Roman-era olive trees in Beit Jala.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported in this regard that Israeli forces physically assaulted protestors who demonstrated against leveling Palestinian land at the site to facilitate the construction of the Israeli apartheid wall.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that Palestinian and international activists as well as priests protested against the construction of the apartheid wall in Beit Jala.

It is worth noting in this regard that the ancient olive trees were uprooted to facilitate the building of the separation barrier through Beit Jala land, which will separate 58 Christian families from their land and connect the illegal Israeli settlements of Har Gilo and Gilo. The Cremisan Valley is an important source of livelihood for local farmers as well as being home to two Salesian monasteries and a convent school.

Besides, the three dailies reported that the UN warned Israel against enacting laws that would exacerbate the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

Al-Quds reported on PLO Executive Committee members as denying reports that Presient Mahmoud Abbas and other six PLO Executive Committee members intend to resign.

Following reports that the Palestinian National Council (PNC) – the PLO’s legislative body- would convene during September, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Fatah Central Committee member ‘Azzam al-Ahmad as stating that no committee has been formed in preparation for the PNC’s meeting and that it would be the prerogative of the PLO’s Executive Committee to take the decision to form such a committee.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported that Abbas has issued a decree abolishing the Peace Coalition Center, chaired by sacked PLO’s Executive Committee member Yasser Abed Rabbu.

Al-Ayyam reported US presidential contender Mike Huckabee as saying during a visit to Jerusalem on Wednesday that he did not consider the West Bank occupied by Israel.

Furthermore, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadiida reported that nine Palestinian refugees died after an overloaded boat carrying illegal migrants fleeing the Syrian conflict capsized off Turkey.

The UN Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) was reported in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida as announcing that the 1015/16 UNRWA school year would start as scheduled without any delay.

The agency was also reported as confirming that Typhoid has broken out among Palestinian refugees from the besieged Yarmuk camp in the Syrian capital Damascus.