Newspaper Review: Israeli Forces Kill Three Palestinians in West Bank

RAMALLAH, November 23, 2015 (WAFA) – The fatal shooting of three Palestinians, including a 16-year-old schoolgirl, by Israeli soldiers following alleged stabbing attempts hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three papers reported that three Palestinians, including a schoolgirl, were fatally shot by Israeli forces and settlers across the West Bank.

Al-Ayyam explained in this regard that the three Palestinians were “assassinated” following alleged stabbing attacks. Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported in this regard that an Israeli settler was shot dead in one of the stabbings.

It is worth explaining in this regard that a Palestinian identified as ‘Issa Thawabta, 34, from the Bethlehem village of Beit Fajjar, was shot dead by Israeli forces after reportedly stabbing a 21-year-old Israeli settler near the illegal Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion.

Another Palestinian, who works as a taxi driver, was shot dead by a settler along the road connecting Jericho and Ramallah allegedly after ramming his car into another car carrying settlers. The third Palestinian identified as Ashraqat Qatanani, 16, was run over and shot by an Israeli settler at Huwwara checkpoint following at alleged stabbing attempt.

With regards to the fatal shooting of Qatanani in particular, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Gershon Mesika, the settler who fatally shot her, as bragging about the shooting and saying that he rammed his car into her and then a soldier killed her.

Highlighting other Israeli violations and restrictions on Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian Territories, al-Quds reported that Israeli forces handed Palestinian notices to demolish several residential structures and animal barns in the Jordan Valley.

Highlighting the tightened movement restrictions on Palestinians across Hebron district, al-Quds reported that Israeli restrictions have “exacerbated the suffering” of Palestinians.

It also reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as ordering forces to step up their “operations” across Hebron.

Al-Ayyam reported that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from the Qalqilya village of ‘Azzun and sealed the village entrance.

It also reported that settlers torched a Palestinian registered vehicle and sprayed anti-Arab racist graffiti in the East Jerusalem village of Umm Tuba.

It also reported that the Israeli cabinet has approved the construction of five new settlements in the Naqab.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported that the largest anthropological scholarly institution in the US, the American Anthropological Association, has endorsed an academic boycott of Israel.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli ministers approved a bill to detain Palestinian minors below the age of 14.