Newspaper Review: Israeli Army Suppression of Peaceful Press Rally Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 3, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Sunday issue on the Israeli army suppression of a peaceful demonstration near Bethlehem, which was organized by journalists on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Chairman of the Journalists’ Union, Abdel Nasser Najjar, was injured after a stun grenade, shot by Israeli soldiers, hit his leg during the demonstration, whereas several reporters suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

Al-Quds said the International Committee of Wise Men called for reviving peace negotiations based on a two-state solution.

Al-Ayyam quoted the Committee’s chairman and Former U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was behind the failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s initiative for peace in the Middle East.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said a The U.S. House Armed Services Committee unanimously approved a bill authorizing research and development of an anti-tunneling defense system to protect Israel against tunnel attacks along the border with Gaza.

Al-Ayyam said about 40 people suffocated by chlorine gas after government forces dropped barrels containing chlorine gas on a civilian area in Idlib province to the north of Syria, on Friday.

Al-Ayyam quoted a United Nations humanitarian official, warning of an imminent Yemen infrastructure collapse due to a major fuel shortage.