Newspaper Review: Israeli Monday Offensive on al-Aqsa Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 29, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Tuesday issue on the Israeli crackdown on al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Monday, which came as Jewish groups called upon Jewish supporters to en masse visit the Islamic site to mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Israeli police forces stormed the mosque compound and used – for the first time – special equipment to break down doors and windows of the southern building located within the compound, known as al-Qibli mosque.

Al-Ayyam said that at least 22 Palestinians were injured during the clashes which erupted following the police crackdown on the mosque.

Al-Quds in this regard said that 22 Palestinians were injured after being targeted with stun grenades and rubber coated steel bullets. It said that Israeli police attacked worshipers who barricaded themselves inside the compound with clubs.

Al-Ayyam said Egypt called upon the international community to take a firm stand against the Israeli escalations in Jerusalem.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said the Council of Ministers denied “fabricated” reports, which were published on the Lebanese al-Akhbar daily newspaper, of a meeting held between Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Israeli officials regarding security coordination.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said President Mahmoud Abbas concluded a series of meetings with world officials in New York ahead of his expected speech before the United Nations on Wednesday.

Al-Quds also reported on Abbas’ foreseeable speech before the UN on Wednesday, and said the speech comes amid intensified tension in the occupied Palestinian Territory and a growing frustration.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the world is no longer able to tolerate Israeli settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, stressing ‘we’ cannot wait any longer for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Al-Ayyam said PLO Chairman Saeb Erekat expressed frustration over US President Barack Obama’s disregard to the Palestinian cause in his speech before the UN.

Al-Quds said the Israeli authorities denied Muslims’ entry to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Jewish holidays.

On a different note, Al-Quds reported on the World Bank as stating that the Israel’s suspension of revenues’ transfer, the decline in aid from donor countries, and Israeli restrictions have negatively affected the Palestinian economy.