Newspaper Review: Israeli Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians after Possible Attack

RAMALLAH, November 9, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces’ killing of a young Palestinian man after he allegedly rammed his car into Israeli settlers south of Nablus coupled with the shooting of a Palestinian woman after she attempted to stab a soldier near Bethlehem hit the front page headlines in the Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The three newspapers reported in their main front page news item that a Palestinian young man from the central West Bank city of al-Bireh was shot killed by Israeli forces at Za‘tara checkpoint, also known to Israelis as Tapuah junction, south of Nablus.

Meanwhile, they said a Palestinian young woman was also shot and seriously injured following an alleged stabbing attack near Bethlehem.

It is worth recalling in this regard that the man was identified as Sulaiman Shahin, 22, from al-Bireh city. He allegedly ran over three Israelis, injuring them. The woman was identified as Hilwa Darwish from the Bethlehem village of Husan.

Highlighting ongoing Israeli forces and settlers’ attacks against Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian Territory, al-Quds reported that settlers intensified their attacks and that Israeli forces opened fire on Gaza farmers.

Al-Ayyam reported that Israelis stabbed a Palestinian man in Yaffa and assaulted another in the southern Israeli city of Rahat. The three dailies highlighted President Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Sisi in Cairo.

Al-Quds reported on both presidents as reaffirming the need to halt Israeli settlement construction within the occupied Palestinian Territories, West Bank and Gaza, and provide the Palestinian people with international protection.

Abbas was quoted in al-Hayat al-Jadida as stating: “Israel’s desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound and settlers’ aggression against Palestinian villages resulted in the popular uprising.”

The Egyptian President’s Office was reported in the three dailies as stating that if the Palestinian Authority (PA) were to take control of the Gaza Strip, it could have positive results.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida covered Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn’s visit to Gaza. Asselborn was reported in al-Quds as saying that the people of Gaza are not extreme and are in need for economic aid.

He was also reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as saying the situation in Gaza is catastrophic and the pace of Gaza’s reconstruction process should be accelerated.

The German foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was reported in al-Quds as saying the current Status Quo is uncontrollable and that maintaining clam in the region requires peacemaking with Palestinians.

Highlighting the tightened movement restrictions imposed on the southern West Bank city of Hebron, al-Quds reported on the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem as saying that Hebron has been suffering restrictions, which amount to “collective punishment”. He said Israeli military checkpoints and barriers have disrupted the city.

The three dailies highlighted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Barack Obama Monday in Washington. Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported on Netanyahu as planning to present a series of goodwill gestures to the Palestinians.

Netanyahu was also reported in al-Ayyam as intending to discuss with Obama his quest to stabilize the situation with the Palestinians. He plans to discuss making possible progress with the Palestinians.

Member of Fatah Central Committee Nabil Sha‘ath was reported in al-Ayyam as saying that any discussions about restoring confidence is “nonsense” and that what is required is to bring the Israeli occupation to an end.

Finally, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida covered Palestinian Presidency statements regarding recent US statements that it was no longer possible to reach peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the remainder of Obama’s term.

Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh was reported in this regard as saying that the recent US statements were “discouraging”.