Newspaper Review: Health Status of Mother of Palestinian Toddler Burned Alive Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 7, 2015 (WAFA) – The health status of Riham Dawabsha, the mother of 18-month-old ‘Ali Dawabsha who was burned alive in an arson attack by Israeli extremists on July 31, hit the front pages headlines in Palestinian daily newspapers.


Covering this theme in its main front page news article, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Riham succumbed to her injuries.


Covering the latest developments regarding the health status of Riham before she was announced dead, al-Quds reported that a medical team from the Palestinian Health and Civil Affairs Ministries has been attending Riham.


Al-Ayyam reported Kamal al-Shakhra, head of the medical team, as announcing that Riham was ‘responding’ to medical treatment, although she remained in critical status.


On the one hand, al-Quds highlighted clashes between Palestinian Christians and Israeli forces in Beit Jala as its main front page news article.


It reported that Israeli military quelled a peaceful march ]organized by Palestinian Christians in protest of the renewed construction of Israel’s segregation wall[ in the Beit Jala locality of Bir Onah following Sunday mass.


Al-Ayyam covered the same theme and printed a photo featuring protestors waiving the Palestinian flag, including two Palestinian priests taking part in the protest.


On the other hand, al-Ayyam highlighted a report issued by the UN Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on demolition orders issued by Israel against Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank zone under full Israeli control, known as Area C and covering 60 percent of the territory.


It reported OCHA as stating that there are currently 11,000 outstanding Israeli demolition orders  targeting some 13,000 Palestinian structures in the West Bank.


Furthermore, the three dailies highlighted Israeli forces and settlers’ assaults against Palestinian people and property across the occupied Palestinian Territories.


Al-Quds and Al-Ayyam reported that six Palestinians, including a girl, were injured as a result of being assaulted by Israeli police in Jerusalem. Al-Ayyam also reported that a Palestinian was run over by an Israeli police vehicle in Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Silwan.


Al-Quds also reported that Israeli police continued to impose restrictions on Palestinians’ access into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the third consecutive week and that ‘Jewish extremists’ are getting prepared to storm en masse the holy site during upcoming Jewish festivals.


It also reported that Israeli police and Nature and Park Authority personnel broke into Bab Al-Rahma cemetery and took photos for the large tracts slated to be seized.


Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that Israeli police physically assaulted Palestinian women who have been barred entry into the mosque.


Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that some ‘Jewish organizations’ have called Jewish settlers to storm the mosque compound to commemorate five years anniversary since the death of four extremist settlers.


Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam also reported that a Palestinian was detained by Israeli forces at Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing while he was heading for work in Qatar.


They added that he was accused of 12 charges (or that 12 charges were leveled against him), including working for the ‘Islamic State’ (Daesh) group.


Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that the EU is slated to finalize a decision to label products made in Israeli settlements.


Moreover, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted French efforts to revive deadlocked Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.


Al-Quds reported in this regard that Palestinian and French government officials are scheduled to meet later this week in Paris and that the ‘important items’ are listed on the meeting agenda.


Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled today (Monday) to meet French Economy Minister Emmanuel Marcon in Ramallah.


Furthermore, al-Quds quoted Hamas senior official Mousa Abu Mazouq as saying: “No negotiations would be held with Israel and we will not be a continuation of the Oslo ]Accords[.”


Furthermore, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reported in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida as saying that he would not allow Israel to be ‘submerged’ by refugees after calls for Israel to take in those fleeing Syria’s war.


He was also reported as announcing the start of construction of a fence along Israel’s border with Jordan (or West Bank’s border with Jordan).


Al-Ayyam reported that the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) might boycott the Palestinian National Council’s upcoming session.


Finally, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that thousands of demonstrators gathered outside Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem to protest the slashing of funds for Christian schools.