Newspaper Review: Israel Passes Controversial Anti-Boycott Law

RAMALLAH, April 16, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Thursday issue on a recently approved Israeli legislation, which allows the judiciary to prosecute companies, NGOs and individuals who call for a boycott of Israel and its illegal settlements.

The legislation, which was reserved in 2011, was Wednesday unfrozen by Israel’s top judicial panel, and would allow lawsuits and penalties against companies, NGOs and individuals who attempt to impose a boycott on Israel or its illegal West Bank settlements, which legally violate international law.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said the Israeli army and police stormed Nablus at predawn on Tuesday and Wednesday and arrested about 29 Hamas affiliates.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the army reportedly robbed money from a Palestinian’s home during the predawn offensive in Nablus. The arrest campaign resulted in the total arrest of 35 Palestinians, including a woman.

Al-Quds said three Palestinian youths were shot and injured by Israeli police, while others suffocated by teargas, during confrontations with the Israeli police in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Issawiya and Shuafat.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi stressed that creating an independent state of Palestine was at the top of his agenda.

It said the European Union Foreign Affairs Council appointed Italian diplomat Fernando Gentilini as a new special representative to the Middle East. Gentilini previously served as the EU’s special representative in Kosovo and is an expert on mediation and conflict resolution.

Al-Ayyam front page story highlighted the ongoing crisis in Yarmouk refugee camp, saying that the so-called Islamic State IS has withdrew while Al-Nusra continues to have presence in the besieged camp. The paper added that the refugees suffer from severe food, water and power shortage.

It printed a photo of Yarmouk refugees waiting in line to receive food from an aid center in the camp.

Meanwhile, al-Hayat al-Jadida printed a photo of a Palestinian kid clutching to his school book and flipping through the pages in a room overwhelmingly vandalized after Israeli soldiers raided the boy’s home in Balata refugee camp near Jenin.

Al-Quds reported on Israel’s refusal to evict the illegal ‘Mitzpe Kramim’ settlement outpost east of Ramallah, after the Palestinian owners filed a lawsuit. Israel expressed its refusal to evict the settlers and said it would compensate the family or give them another land.