Newspaper Review: Detention of 40 Palestinians, Israeli Use of Sniper Fire against Stone-Throwers Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 21, 2015 (WAFA) – The detention of 40 Palestinians over the last two days by Israeli forces together with Israeli cabinet’s decision to allow the use of sniper rifles against Palestinians throwing stones during demonstrations in Jerusalem hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds covered the detention of 40 Palestinians and latest demolition of Palestinian properties in its main front page news article.

It reported that Israeli forces detained 39 Palestinians over the last two days as well as assaulted others after breaking into and ransacking their houses across Jerusalem.

It also reported as part of its main front page news article that Israeli authorities demolished six Palestinian-owned commercial structures in the Jerusalem’s town of Hezma, without any prior notice. It said that Israeli forces also closed the main entrances of Jerusalem’s towns of al-‘Issawiya and al-Ram. The demolition and closure were also covered in al-Hayat al-Jadida.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported as part of its main front page news article that Israeli settlers opened fire on a Palestinian vehicle near Beit Dajan to the east of Nablus. The Palestinian was not injured.

It also reported that Israeli forces conducted detention raids in Jenin city and refugee camp as well as in the Ramallah village of Nabi Saleh. It said that forces violently quelled a peaceful march against the construction of the wall in Beit Jala.

It further reported that several Palestinians suffocated and others were injured during clashes with Israeli forces at the entrance of the Hebron’s town of Sa‘ir.

On the other hand, al-Ayyam opted to highlight ongoing settlers’ intrusion into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the detention of 40 Palestinians as its main front page news article.

It reported that protected by Israeli occupation forces, a total of 150 settlers forced their way into the mosque compound and that a total of 40 Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces across the West Bank.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to cover Israeli cabinet’s decision to allow Israeli forces to use sniper fire against Palestinian stone-throwers during demonstrations in Jerusalem.

It reported in this regard that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pushed through changing the Israeli forces’ open-fire regulations and that the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem has been “Hebraizing” the names of streets across Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam reported on Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, as warning in this regard that the additional Israeli measures against Palestinian stone-throwers would have “grave consequences”.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid as warning that if a demilitarized Palestinian state is not established, the new Mayor of Jerusalem would be a Palestinian.

It also reported that in an attempt to forestall the demolition of Amona, an Israeli settlement outpost built on privately-owned Palestinian land near Ramallah, Israeli settlers plan to announce that the land the outpost is established on are absentees’ property that belongs to the state of Israel.

Furthermore, the three dailies reported that President Mahmoud Abbas starts Monday an official visit to Paris.

Moreover, al-Ayyam reported that Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff opposes the appointment of a former settlement leader, Dani Dayan, as Israel’s next ambassador to Brazil.

According to a report in Yediot Aharonot, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff passed on quiet messages to Jerusalem that she was unhappy with the appointment, and that the country was concerned that it would be interpreted as Brazilian support for Israel’s settlement policies.

Finally, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that several Palestinian security officers, including high-ranking officers, would face disciplinary action following their involvement in an attack against a teenage boy for partaking in a peaceful rally in the Bethlehem refugee camp of ‘Azza in support of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Al-Ayyam explained that some high-ranking officers were placed into provisional retirement and other lower ranking officers were sent to disciplinary jail.