Newspaper Review: Israeli soldiers Admit to Committing Atrocities in Gaza as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 12, 2015 (WAFA) – Al-Quds and al-Ayyam dailies focused in their Tuesday issue on new evidence obtained by Israel Channel 2; regarding war crimes committed by Israeli soldiers during the Israeli aggression on Gaza last summer.

They said Israeli Channel 2 released a collection of Israeli soldiers’ testimonies regarding last year’s Gaza war, where some soldiers spoke on condition of anonymity when admitting to have committed actions tantamount to war crimes at the time.

Meanwhile, al-Hayat al-Jadida said in its main headline that a “slim majority” of the Israeli parliament, Knesset, passed [in its first reading] a bill [allowing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu]0 to increase the number of cabinet ministers in the new government.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the local council of Anata, a Palestinian town east of Jerusalem, submitted a petition to the Supreme Court of Israel; demanding restoration of about 30,000 dunums of land, which have been expropriated from the town to expand the nearby illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

Al-Ayyam said that thousands of dunums of West Bank land previously seized by the Israeli army and declared live-fire zones were granted to Israeli settlers, according to an investigative report carried out by the Israeli army radio.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said the Supreme Court of Israel allowed Jewish settlers and fanatics to organize a provocative annual march in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday to commemorate the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam said the union of former Hamas government employees announced a one-day strike in all ministries in Gaza, in protest of what they described as deliberate negligence by the National Consensus Government. Hamas civil employees have not been paid their monthly salaries for some 18 months now.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Government of Japan condemned a recent Israeli settlement plan [in an East Jerusalem illegal settlement], stressing that settlement activities undermine the two-state solution.