Newspaper Review: Israel Outlaws Palestinian Muslims at al-Aqsa

RAMALLAH, September 10, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in Thursday’s issue on Israeli “Defense” Minister Moshe Yaalon’s decision to outlaw two active Muslim groups who maintain presenc at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex to confront provocative visits by Jewish extremists.

Al-Quds said Yaalon claimed the two groups, Murabitin (male protectors of the Mosque) and Murabitat (female protectors of the Mosque), were “a main factor in creating tension and violence” at the site. It said Yaalon also banned outdoor classes at the site organized by Muslim worshipers.

According to Yaalon, al-Ayyam said the murderers of the Dawabsheh family are known to the Israeli security services, but Israel has so far declined to arrest many of them.

The dailies said based on orders from Israel’s State Prosecutor, prosecutors can now ask for detaining Palestinians convicted with throwing stones at Israeli targets until the end of legal proceedings.

On a different subject, al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted in its main news story remarks by President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he blamed Israel for obstructing all efforts to revive peace talks.

The three dailies, al-Quds, al-Ayyam, and al-Hayat al-Jadida, said Salim Zanoun, Chairman of the Palestinian National Council, officially announced that the PNC session was delayed until the end of this year.

The dailies said thousands of Britons demonstrated in London on Wednesday in protest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming and contreversial visit to the UK.

Al-Quds said President Mahmoud Abbas began an official visit to Egypt during which he is set to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi.

It said the Israeli army razed a number of private-owned olive-planted lands as well as seized the equipment of an irrigation network in Salfit and Hebron districts in the West Bank.

It said the US administration condemned Israeli plans to demolish some 13,000 structures in the West Bank and called on Israel to arrest the terrorist arsonists of the Dawabsheh family’s home.

It said the health condition of six Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails who are on hunger strike against administrative detention, without charge of trial, have signoficantly deteriorated.