Newspaper Review: Israel’s Quelling of Palestinian Protests over Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 19, 2015 (WAFA) – Israel’s quelling of Palestinian marches protesting heavy restrictions on Palestinians’ access into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Israeli police hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that dozens of Palestinians were injured as Israeli forces quelled “Friday of rage” marches across the West Bank in condemnation of the Israeli aggression on the mosque compound.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam reported that Israeli occupation authorities deployed reserve police troops in the alleyways of East Jerusalem’s Old City. al-Quds reported that, as a result,  Jerusalem became a barrack.

Al-Quds also reported on General Director of the Jerusalem Endowment and Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Isma‘il Nawahda as condemning the “unprecedented” Israeli attack against the mosque compound.

It also reported that similar marches in support of the mosque compound were organized in Amman, Tahran and Kabul.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as warning against the Palestinian-Israeli political conflict turning into a religious one.

It also reported PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Saed Erekat as stating that he was informed by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir that the situation in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound would be the highest priority on Saudi Arabia’s agenda.

Highlighting Palestinian official remarks regarding the tensions flare at the mosque compound, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was quoted in al-Hayat al-Jadida as warning that, “Israel has been desecrating the holy sites in Jerusalem”.

Abbas was quoted in al-Quds as warning that, “The Israeli provocations would result in grave consequences.”

Also with regards to the tensions flare at the mosque compound, the three dailies reported UN Security Council as appealing for clam and calling to uphold the historic status quo at al-Aqsa mosque..

Furthermore, the three daily newspapers reported that Israeli forces Friday evening prevented Hamdallah and his envoy from entering Jerusalem.

They noted that Hamdallah was accompanied by the head of the Palestinian Intelligence Service, Majid Farraj, and the head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service Ziyad Hab al-Reeh.

Moreover, al-Ayyam reported that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed adjacent to an empty barked bus in the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

Al-Quds reported in this regard that Israeli warplanes targeted a Palestinian resistance’s site in Gaza.

Following a video that went viral showing a group of Palestinian security officers violently attacking a teenage boy with clubs for partaking in a peaceful rally in the Bethlehem refugee camp of ‘Azza in support of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the three dailies reported that the government has formed a special committee to investigate the incident.

With regards to the situation in Gaza, al-Ayyam reported that the Egyptian army begins flooding the tunnels along Gaza-Egypt border.