Newspaper Review: Israel’s Fatal shooting of Palestinian at Main Nablus Checkpoint as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 18, 2015 (WAFA) – News that Israeli forces shot dead Mohammad Bassam al-Atrash, from Jenin’s town of Kufr Ra‘i, at Za‘tara military checkpoint to the south of Nablus for allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies reported that Israeli ]occupation[ forces shot dead a young Palestinian from Kufr Ra‘i at Za ‘tara checkpoint.

Al-Ayyam also reported witnesses as confirming that the young man was “murdered in cold blood”.

The three dailies also reported that Israeli forces uprooted a number of Roman-era olive trees in Beit Jala town to the north of Bethlehem as they razed Palestinian-owned land to make way for the construction of the separation wall.

Al-Quds added that the section of the wall would isolate 3,500 dunums of vital land in Beit Jala. Al-Hayat al-Jadida slammed the uprooting of the Roman-era olive trees as a ‘massacre’.

The three dailies printed a photo for two heavy bulldozers razing the area and uprooting trees.

In addition, the three dailies highlighted the proposed long-term truce brokered by Tony Blair between Israel and Gaza.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam quoted two senior Hamas officials as stating that the indirect contacts Hamas is making with Israel to consolidate the truce “have not fully matured yet”.

Deputy Head of Hamas Isma‘il Haniyeh was quoted in the two dailies as stating that Hamas would not accept a separate Palestinian state within Gaza’s borders.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam also quoted Office of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as denying being engaged in talks with Hamas.

Reporting on the same issue, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Israeli daily, Haaretz, as revealing that these talks have progressed.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported various Palestinian factions slamming the Blair-brokered deal as a ‘conspiracy’ that lays the foundations for separating Gaza from the West Bank, describing it as blow to the Palestinian national project.

Moreover, the three dailies highlighted the situation of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan, detained in Israeli jails, whose health condition has seriously deteriorated following 65 days of hunger strike to protest his illegal administrative detention without charge or trial.

The three dailies reported that the Israeli Supreme Court has postponed a  hearing into a petition seeking the release of Allan till Wednesday August 19, claiming that they wanted to study his medical file.

The three dailies also reported in this regard that the lawyer representing Allan dismissed an Israeli offer to release Allan if he agreed to  be expelled abroad for four years.

Finally, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Palestinian Security Services Spokesman ‘Adnan al-Damiri as revealing that the Israeli government has provided INS 270 millions in support of settlers.