Newspaper Review: Israeli Military Raid in Jenin, Preparations for Upcoming National Council’s Session Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 1, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli military raid into the northern West Bank city and refugee camp of Jenin leading to clashes with Palestinians together with preparations for the upcoming meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) scheduled on September 14-15 hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Covering the Israeli military raid in its main front page news article, al-Quds reported that Israeli army raided Jenin city and refugee camp, triggering violent clashes with local Palestinians.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that an Israeli soldier and five Palestinians were injured during the raid. Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported that Israeli troops detained a Palestinian ex-detainee and his brother during the raid.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported as part of its main front page news article that Israeli forces demolished 15 structures near Jaba‘ town to the east of Jerusalem. Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the demolished structures belong to al- ‘Ara‘ra Bedouins.

On the other hand, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to highlight preparations for PNC’s upcoming meeting as their main front page news item.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that the PLO Executive Committee is set to form Tuesday a preparatory committee in anticipation for the PLC’s upcoming meeting.

It also reported that all members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) have been invited to the upcoming session of the PNC.

Al-Ayyam and al-Quds quoted Chairman of the PNC Salim al-Za‘noun as saying that only members of the council would participate in the session.

The three dailies also reported Fatah Central Committee as emphasizing the need to make the PLC’s upcoming session successful.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted Israeli restriction on Palestinian Muslims’ access into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the eighth day in a row.

Israeli police was reported in al-Quds as banning six guards and a number of other personnel working at the mosque from accessing the holy site.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that female Muslim worshippers held a sit-in in front of the mosque protesting banning them entry by Israeli police.

Moreover, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that a 30-meter-long tunnel was discovered by Israeli police next to Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem.

On a different note, Al-Quds and al-Ayyam quoted an anonymous senior Hamas official as saying that Tony Blair’s initiative to consolidate ceasefire is doomed to failure.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli settlers hindered the renovation work of an Islamic shrine in the Hebron town of Bani Na‘im. The shrine is revered by locals as Maqam en-Nabi Yaqin (Shrine of Prophet Yaqin).

Covering news about Palestinian hunger striking administrative detainees in Israeli prisons, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that five detainees were placed in solitary confinement.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported that students are now attending 350 UNRWA-run schools across Gaza following a week-long disruption.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Palestinian Christian schools in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem have threatened to embark on a general strike to protest the deduction of their budget by Israeli Education Ministry.

After a video, which showed Palestinian children and women stopping an Israeli soldier from detaining a Palestinian minor with a broken arm in Ramallah’s Nabi Saleh Village, went viral, al-Ayyam reported that Israeli media has incited against the child’s family, as well as against all Palestinian in general.

Al-Hayyat al-Jadida reported on the Israeli Daily Haartez as  stating that the Nabi Saleh Video shows the ugly side of the [Israeli] occupation.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that Israeli Education Minister Miri Regev has called for the field execution of Palestinians.

Finally, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted the discovery of the largest offshore natural gas field in the Mediterranean inside Egypt’s territorial waters.

Al-Ayyam reported that the new discovery has caused stocks of Israeli oil companies to slump.