Newspaper Review: Israeli Quelling of Weekly Protests, March Protesting Seizure of Jerusalem Ancient Cemetery Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 5, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces’ quelling of weekly and peaceful Friday marches across the West Bank and the march protesting Israeli plans to seize large tracts of Bab Al-Rahma Islamic cemetery, along the eastern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam covered the quelling of weekly Friday marches by Israeli forces in their main front page news articles.

Al-Quds reported that two Palestinians were shot and injured with live fire in Qalandia refugee camp to the north of Jerusalem and in the village of Kafr Qadoom to the east of Qalqilia and that dozens others suffocated by tear gas canisters as Israeli forces proceeded to quell weekly marches.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that dozens of Palestinians were shot, injured and detained as Israeli occupation forces quelled weekly marches.

Furthermore, the three dailies highlighted a Palestinian march protesting Israeli plans to seize large tracts of Bab Al-Rahma cemetery.

Al-Quds reported in this regard that dozens of Palestinians in Jerusalem removed a barbed wire fence that Israeli authorities had placed around part of Bab Al-Rahma cemetery.

The three dailies also reported in this regard that hundreds of Palestinians and peace activists marched in protest of Israeli plans to seize large tracts of the cemetery as well as in protest of settlement construction in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the march was organized in protest of the ‘Judization’ of Bab-Al-Rahma cemetery.

The three dailies printed a photo featuring Palestinians and peace activists raising banners reading ‘No for occupation’ and raising Palestinian flag in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Al-Quds printed another photo featuring dozens of Palestinian youths from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan while removing the barbed wire fence that Israeli authorities had placed around the cemetery.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida printed two different photos featuring two Palestinian women shouting in the face of Israeli soldiers during weekly Friday protest in the Ramallah village of Nabi Saleh.

Regarding the situation of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, al-Quds reported Palestinian Minister of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs Issa Qaraqe‘ as calling for the League of Arab States to convene at the level of representatives to discuss the situation of Palestinian detainees.

It also reported that eight Palestinian detainees continue their hunger-strike.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted the Palestinian draft resolution on raising the Palestinian flag at the United Nations (UN).

Both dailies reported that the UN would vote for the draft resolution next week. Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted the Palestinian Envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour as stating that: “We have the required votes [to pass the resolution] and are seeking to gain more votes.”

Highlighting efforts by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Quartet and EU to revive the deadlocked Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the EU seeks to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that Ki-moon has invited Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to participate in a meeting this month of the Middle East Quartet seeking a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It is worth noting that the foreign ministers of the three Arab countries will join their counterparts from Russia, the United States and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini for the talks on 30 September.

In the wake of reports indicating that President Mahmoud Abbas has no intention to run for the coming elections of the PLO Executive Committee, al-Quds reported Israeli sources as indicating that Abbas’ threat to resign from his post as President might be serious this time.

Al-ayyam reported in this regard that after ascertaining Abbas’ intention to resign, Israel has been making ‘extensive’ contacts with Washington and Europe.

Regionally, the three dailies highlighted Saudi Arabia King Salman’s visit to Washington. They reported that Saudi king and Obama discussed Iran nuclear deal and other regional issues.

Palestinian Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh was quoted in this regard in the three dailies as stating: “the Palestinian question and Jerusalem would be brought at the top concern of the Saudi-US summit.”

Finally, al-Ayyam reported that the residency permit for Palestinian teen threatened with deportation who burst into tears during a televised debate with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been extended.