Newspaper Review: Israeli Forces’ Suppression of Weekly Marches Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 9, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces’ suppression of weekly Friday marches protesting settlement construction and the wall across the West Bank hit the front pages headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Covering the weekly marches as its main front page news item, both al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that dozens of Palestinians suffered excessive tar gas inhalation and were injured as Israeli occupation forces suppressed the weekly peaceful marches across the West Bank.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam printed a photo featuring a group of Palestinian young men confronting Israeli forces using stones during clashes in the Nablus village of Kufr Qaddoum.

Al-Quds printed two other photos featuring a Palestinian being assaulted by Israeli forces in the Bethlehem village of al-Ma‘sara and Palestinians waiving Palestinian flags and protesting settlement construction in the Ramallah village of al-Nabi Saleh.

The three dailies also reported that two Palestinians were injured, including a critical injury, after being shot by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.

On the other hand, al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper reported on the situation in East Jerusalem as its main front page news item.

It, together with al-Quds, reported that a Palestinian residential building was partly demolished by Israeli police in East Jerusalem.

It also reported that excavations are being carried out by Israeli occupation authorities in the East Jerusalem complex of al-Shihabi adjoining the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, slamming the demolition and excavations as an ‘escalation’.

It further reported that residents of the East Jerusalem village of al-Z‘ayyim protested against closing the iron gate installed on the road connecting the village with the city.

It reported that an extremist Salafist group claimed responsibility for a mortar attack against Hamas’ armed wing base in the southern Gaza Strip.

It reported Hamas as denying that the attack took place and witnesses verifying that they heard two explosions.

The three dailies reported that President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived to Russia to participate in the events marking the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazism in WWII.

The three dailies reported that the US has expressed its opposition to Israeli settlement construction plans in ‘Ramat Shlomo’ settlement in East Jerusalem. Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Russia has also expressed opposition.

Al-Quds reported that attempting to counter international pressure he is subject to regarding settlement and the establishment of Palestinian state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is prepared to launch a misleading campaign, pretending to deal positively with the Arab Peace Initiative until US President Barack Obama ends his term.

On the same issue, the other two newspapers reported that Netanyahu intends to promote the concept of regional peace in order to evade pressures on settlement and peace.

Al-Ayyam reported that Netanyahu has pledged to Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett that he would legalize settlement outposts and buildings in the West Bank.

It quoted member of Fatah Central Committee and head of Palestinian commission of inquiry into the death of former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat as announcing that the commissions of inquiry would meet Sunday in Ramallah.

It reported that the EU has transferred €25 million in support of Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the Unified European Left Group has called for suspending the partnership agreement with Israel.

It also reported that the EU has congratulated Netanyahu and called him to resume peace talks.