Newspaper Review: Israel’s Blowing Up of Homes in Jerusalem Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, October 7, 2015 (WAFA) – Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on Wednesday on the Israeli authorities’ punitive demolition of the family homes of three Palestinians suspected of carrying out attacks against Israelis in 2014.

The dailies said [ Israeli occupation authorities] blew up two family homes of Palestinians suspected of conducting attacks against Israelis, while they sealed off a third home with cement.

Al-quds said in this regard that Amnesty International called on Netanyahu to stop the policy of collective punishment committed against Palestinians.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said dozens of Palestinians were injured with live ammunition and rubber-coated bullets used by the Israeli army during confrontations across the West Bank districts on Tuesday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israel claimed that it has lifted the restrictions it imposed on the entry of Palestinians into al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Al-Quds quoted Ahmad al-Tibi, Arab member of the Israeli parliament, Knesset, who slammed Israeli West Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat for showing off with a machine gun in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, and said that such action encourages the killing of Jerusalemites.

Al-Quds said Israeli police lifted its 48-hour blockade imposed on Jerusalem’s Old City.

Al-Ayyam said the Israeli Security Agency Shin Bet said Thursday’s armed attack near Nablus which killed two Israeli settlers came in response of the deadly arson attack on the Dawabsheh family home in Duma on July 31.

Al-Ayyam said Netanyahu adopted a 10-step plan in an effort to control a growing Palestinian uprising in Jerusalem.

Al-Quds quoted President Mahmoud Abbas, who said the leadership was targeting a peaceful political solution to the conflict.

Al-Ayyam said the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) accused the Israeli army of targeting its ambulances during clashes that engulfed much of the West Bank over the past few days.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli settlers, in two separate incidents, attempted to break into the villages of Jit near Qalqilia and Majdal-Bani-Fadel in Nablus district.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate investigation into Israel’s killing of four Palestinians in the West Bank during the past few days.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said Netanyahu announced a plan to install surveillance cameras at traffic junctions in the West Bank.

On a different note, it said that that President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee  is set – for the first time – to visit Palestine next Monday; 12-13 of October.

Meanwhile, it said that the US warned Israel over continued settlement construction, stating that, “US won’t veto UN vote on settlements if Israel builds anew’. Al-ayyam and al-Quds covered the same issue.

Al-Quds reported a 40% increase  in new construction in isolated settlements during the past six years.