Newspaper Review: Funeral Procession of Riham Dawabsheh Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 8, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies Tuesday focused on the funeral procession of Riham Dawabsheh, who succumbed on Sunday to critical burns  she sustained during settlers’ arson attack on her home in Duma, south of Nablus, on July 31.

The dailies said thousands of angry Palestinians participated in Dawabsheh’s funeral procession and chanted slogans against Israel, describing it as a “state of terror”.

Al-Quds said President Mahmoud Abbas declared a three-day mourning period following the death of Riham Dawabsheh, adding that the PLO Executive Committee called to prosecute Israeli leaders for committing war crimes and to provide protection for the Palestinian people.

Al-Ayyam said that Dawabsheh’s last surviving son, four-year-old Ahmed, will remain in hospital for a couple of months, where he is scheduled to undergo several surgeries. Ahmed is the last member of his family to survive the predawn arson attack on his home on July 31, which claimed the life of his toddler brother, 18-month-old Ali, his father, Sa’ad, and his mother, Riham.

In a different subject, al-Ayyam said the PLO Executive Committee recommended postponing the PLO National Council session to ensure a better preparation. The Council session was slated to take place September 14.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad dismissed reports of a possible delay of the Council’s session. Meanwhile al-Quds said it was not decided yet whether the session will be held on time or be delayed.

Al-Quds focused in its main news story on Hamas’s chairman Khaled Mashal’s speech on Monday, in which he called for a national dialogue and a more comprehensive participation in the PLO involving all national forces.

Al-Ayyam said Hamas’ Mashal called for delaying the PLO National Council session slated for September 14.

Al-Quds said the Supreme Court of Israel has ratified a law, which allows the Israeli military to demolish Palestinian-owned buildings in Area B and Area A of the West Bank, both under the Palestinian Authority administrative control.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said the Israeli military handed local Palestinians in Masafer Yatta, a Bedouin congregation south of Hebron, notices informing them about Israel’s intent to demolish residential structures, water wells, and tents in the area. Al-Ayyam said the army notified to demolish a house in the village of Jayyous near Qalqilia.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli police announced on Tuesday it had submitted an indictment against two far-right Jews who were involved in an arson attack on a Bedouin tent near the village if Kafr Malek, to the east of Ramallah.