Newspaper Review: Israel’s Escalations in Jerusalem, closure of West Bank Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 22, 2015 (WAFA) – Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on Tuesday on the Israeli imposition of severe restrictions in Jerusalem and the full closure of the West Bank ahead of the Islamic Eid of al-Adha.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in its main front news items that [Israeli] occupation imposed a complete closure on the West Bank starting from 12:00 PM on Tuesday until dawn on Thursday, [during the closure, no exit or entry into or out of the Gaza Strip and West Bank is allowed].  Al-Ayyam and al-Quds covered the same issue.

It further said that the occupation has turned Jerusalem into a military outpost ahead of Eid al-Adha.

Al-Quds said Israeli police closed all the gates of al-Aqsa on Monday and arrested a number of Palestinian minors at al-Asbat Gate and as-Sahera Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli police detained dozens of Palestinians in Jerusalem on Monday in the aftermath of recent protests in the city in support of al-Aqsa mosque. It said that thousands of reserve Israeli soldiers were deployed across the city of Jerusalem.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that a Palestinian youth was killed near Kharsa village to the south of Hebron, after Israeli soldiers opened gunfire at him, leaving him to bleed to death for hours. The man was later identified as Diaa Talahmeh, 21.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli police denied the entry of Palestinians under the age of 40 to al-Aqsa Mosque until further notice.

Meanwhile, it said that, according to Palestinian statistics, around ten thousand Israelis raided al-Aqsa mosque compound since the beginning of 2015.

The dailies said Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian-owned house in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood in Jerusalem, under the pretext of construction without a permit.

Al-Ayyam printed a picture of a Palestinian minor raising the V sign as he was getting detained by Israeli soldiers near the town of Halhoul, north of Hebron.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted President Mahmoud Abbas during an official visit to Paris, as saying that attaining peace in the region was possible if Israel could abandon its “mindset of expansion and arrogance of power”.

Al-Quds said Israeli prison guards on Monday stormed section number 5 in Naqab prison, where they handcuffed the prisoners and sabotaged all their belongings, including furniture. It reported that Palestinian hunger striking administrative detainees have rejected an Israeli offer to release them if they agreed to be expelled abroad.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that a public opinion poll carried out by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research indicated that a two-state solution of Palestine and Israel is no longer practical due to [Israeli] settlement expansion.

Al-Ayyam said the Israeli daily Haaretz uncovered a decision by Israeli police to use sniper rifles against Bedouin Arab protesters who throw stones at the police in the Naqab province in southern Israel.

Al-Ayyam quoted the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), an Israeli human rights group, as slamming the use of live ammunition to quell protests as illegal.

Al-Ayyam said the Israeli authorizes approved replacing the original Arab names of about 800 avenues in Jerusalem with Hebrew names that carry Talmudic connotations.