Newspaper Review: Fatal Shooting of Israeli near West Bank Settlement, Quarter Million Worshippers Praying in Al-Aqsa Mosque as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 20, 2015 (WAFA) – The fatal shooting of an Israeli settler and the wounding of two others by a Palestinian suspect near the illegal Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank district of Ramallah together with the fact that nearly a quarter million Muslim worshippers performed Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa mosque, hit the front page headlines in Palestinian daily newspapers.

Highlighting Israel’s decision to partially ease movement restrictions ahead and during the Muslims’ fasting month of Ramadan in its main front page news article, al-Quds reported that 200,000 worshippers performed their Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa mosque, while tens of thousands performed their prayers in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. The same news item was reported in the other two dailies.

The three dailies printed a photo featuring the mosque’s compound crowded with worshippers.

On the other hand, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to give prominence to the fatal shooting of an Israeli near Ramallah.

The three dailies reported that an Israeli ‘settler’ was killed to the west of Ramallah.

Al-Ayyam added in this regard that a manhunt by Israeli occupation forces’ is underway for the suspected Palestinian attacker.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the suspected attacker has ‘frustrated’ Israeli intelligence officers.

Covering Israeli forces and settlers’ practices across the occupied Palestinian Territory, al-Quds reported that a Palestinian young man was shot by Israeli forces to the east of Khan Younes.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that several Palestinians were shot with live rounds and dozens others suffocated as Israeli forces quelled Friday peaceful marches in the Qalqilya village of Kafr Qaddum as well as the Ramallah villages on Nabi Saleh and Bil‘in.

Al-Quds also reported that three Israeli soldiers were injured after their military vehicle overturned while pursuing a Palestinian vehicle near the village of Ras Karkar to the northwest of Ramallah..

Al-Ayyam reported that Israeli occupation forces detained three Palestinians purportedly for weapon possession.

Covering the 15th session of Fatah Revolutionary Council, the three dailies reported the council as stating that, ‘We’ refuse the temporary state solution or establishing a state in the Gaza Strip.

The council was also quoted in al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating: “The current Palestinian reality requires unity, solidarity and group work among all Palestinians.”

PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat was quoted in al-Quds as affirming the need for all states committed to international law to recognize the state of Palestine along 1967 borders.

The three dailies reported that France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius heads today to the Middle East to sell a peace initiative.

Al-Ayyam noted that Fabius intends to sell the French draft resolution to be submitted to the UN Security Council.

Al-Quds reported that having acquiesced to Jewish religious groups, the Israeli ]West[ Jerusalem Municipality has decided to consult the rabbis before it approves any Christian conference to be held in Jerusalem.

It also reported that Palestinians in Jerusalem are charged by the Israeli water company of Jihon double the price of water paid by the Jews.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as slamming statements made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which he demanded Israel to protect the lives of Gaza children. He was reported as saying: “This is a black day for the UN.”