Newspaper Review: Fatal Shooting of Two Palestinians, Toddler Dying from Tear Gas Inhalation Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, October 31, 2015 (WAFA) – The fatal shooting of two Palestinians by Israeli forces for alleged stabbing attempts in Jerusalem and at Za‘tara checkpoint to the south of Nablus, together with the death of a Palestinian infant who died after inhaling  tear gas fired by Israeli army in the Bethlehem village of Beit Fajjar hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies reported that two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in Jerusalem and Nablus and that an eight-month-old infant, who was identified as Ramadan Thawabta, died from tear gas fired by the army toward Palestinians homes in Beit Fajjar.

Al-Hayyat al-Jadida read in big and black bold letters: Palestine mourns its Baby. It further printed a picture of a paramedic holding the infant’s dead body.

It is worth noting in this regard that two Palestinians were shot Friday after an alleged attempt to stab a soldier at Za‘tara military checkpoint, also known for Israelis as Tappuah, south of Nablus, killing 18-year-old Qasem Sabaaneh and seriously injuring the other Palestinian.

It is also worth noting that another Palestinian identified as Ahmad Qneibi, 23 from Kafr ‘Aqab, was also killed for allegedly attempting to stab a soldier near the Ammunition Hill light rail station in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah area.

Furthermore, the three dailies also reported that dozens of Palestinians were injured, including with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets, during clashes across the West Bank.

Both al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that thousands of Palestinians Friday received the bodies of five Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces in Hebron over the last month after alleged stabbing attempts.

The five were identified as Dania al-Husseini, 17, Bayan al-‘Essili, 16, Tariq al-Natsha,16, Hussam al-Ja‘bari,17, and Bashar al-Ja‘bari,15.

Highlighting clashes across the West Bank, especially in the Al-Bireh neighborhood of al-Balou‘, the three dailies reported that dozens of Palestinians, including medics and journalists, were shot and injured and suffocated with tear gas and pepper-spray used against them by the army.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added in this regard that a Palestinian youth was run over by a military vehicle and detained during the clashes.

Furthermore, the three dailies reported that President Mahmoud Abbas met with the International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in Hague and that Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki handed her a new file on the latest Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian people in the past 40 days; since the beginning of violent unrest.


Furthermore, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to legalize 800 settler units across four West Bank settlements.


Member of Fatah Central Committee Jamal Muhaisen was quoted in al-Quds as stating: “the mechanisms ]set up by the PLO Executive Committee[ to announce end of Oslo Accords are ready to be implemented immediately after Abbas returns home.”

Meanwhile, al-Ayyam and al-Hayyat al-Jadida reported that an Israeli military court accused 13-year-old Ahmad Manasra, who was critically injured after being attacked and run over by Israeli police and settlers for his alleged partaking in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, with an attempted murder.