Newspaper Review: Israeli Army Quelling of Weekly Marches, ICC’s Assurances of Impartial Inquiry into War Crimes as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 2, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army quelling of Friday peaceful weekly marches protesting Israeli segregation wall and settlement expansion across the West Bank coupled with International Criminal Court chief prosecutor’s remarks assuring the maintenance of complete neutrality in the inquiry to be initiated into possible war crimes committed during the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza, featured the common front page news items in Palestinian dailies.

Covering the Israeli forces’ quelling of Friday marches, the three dailies reported that dozens of Palestinians were injured and suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added in this regard that Israeli forces assaulted the volunteers who participated in an anti-settlement activity in Hebron.

The three dailies printed two different photos for an injured Palestinian protestor being evacuated from the scene in front of the Israeli detention center of Ofer near the Ramallah town of Beitunia.

Covering the ICC’s remarks over the independence and impartial inquiry, al-Quds reported that the initial inquiry would look into the actions of both sides, Israel and Hamas, during the latest war on Gaza.

The three dailies reported the ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda as affirming that as a result of recognizing Palestine as an observer state at the UN General Assembly, the ICC has jurisdiction over Palestine.

Both al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Bensouda as announcing that the ICC would “impartially” conduct an inquiry into possible war crimes committed by both sides.

A number of other significant issues hit the front page headlines in the dailies; on one hand, al-Quds reported that tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are subjected to daily humiliation [by Israeli soldiers], while attempting to cross Israeli checkpoints to reach their workplaces inside Israel.

It added that they are deprived from their rights, they receive low wages and that they are subject to racist attacks.

On the other hand, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that a delegation of South African Jews extended their apologies for any support offered by South African Jews to Israeli settlement projects in Palestine and that they offered their apologies to displaced Palestinian residents’ of the depopulated village of Lubya.

Located a few kilometers west of Tiberias in the Galilee, Lubya was a Palestinian village destroyed and depopulated in 1948 and today is the site of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) South Africa Park.

Al-Quds quoted Hamas senior official Isma‘il Haniyeh as saying: “We are looking forward to Saudi Arabia playing a role in achieving the Palestinian reconciliation.”

Haniyeh was reported in the al-Ayyam newspaper as saying that Hamas has stepped down in Gaza in order to form the national consensus government, which has done nothing in order to carry out its designated three tasks.

Quoting the Israeli daily of Haaretz, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that any ceasefire deal with Hamas would serve his policy.

Al-Quds further reported that the US Senate has passed a bill intended to protect Israeli settlements across the West Bank.

It further reported that a Spanish municipality has recommended the Spanish government to impose sanctions on Israel.

Covering the situation in the Palestinian refugee camp of al-Yarmouk in Syria, al-Ayyam reported that a Palestinian succumbed to his wounds in the camp that is still being blockaded and bombarded.