Newspaper Review: Israel’s Suppressing of Friday Peaceful Marches across West Bank Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, December 20, 2014 – (WAFA) – Dozens of Palestinians were injured Friday as Israeli forces crushed nonviolent marches held across West Bank against the Israeli occupation, the apartheid wall and ongoing settlement construction, , most notably that held in the Ramallah village of Turmusayya, a news item that hit front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that dozens of Palestinians suffocated and were injured with live fire as Israeli occupation forces crushed the weekly peaceful marches across the West Bank.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Palestinian demonstrators set up a memorial and planted a Roman-era olive tree in memory of PA minister Ziad Abu Ein. Al-Hayat al-Jadida added that 10 Palestinian and international activists were injured and four others were arrested in the village.

The dailies also reported that violent clashes erupted in the East Jerusalem area of Wadi al-Joz, while al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that a Palestinian was shot by Israeli forces in the Nablus village of Kufr Qaddum.

Regarding the situation in Gaza, the three dailies reported that six Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces to the east of Jabalia.

Al-Quds also reported that tensions are high on the eastern frontiers of Gaza as a rocket hits southern Israel.

Al-Quds reported that Hamas senior leader Mahmoud al-Zahhar alluded to an imminent new prisoners swap deal between Hamas and Israel.

Regarding the Palestinian statehood bid, al-Quds reported that Washington intends to reject the draft resolution calling at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

It also reported that the Palestinian leadership has introduced eight amendments to the draft resolution.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam reported in this regard that President Mahmoud Abbas has discussed the Palestinian draft resolution with Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh in Amman.

They also reported that Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat starts today an action involving Egypt and Russia to mobilize support for the UNSC draft resolution.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Russia has affirmed its willingness to support the Palestinian draft resolution at the UNSC.

Al-Quds also reported in this regard that Tremblay en France, a French city, has celebrated the French Parliament’s recognition of Palestine.

It also reported that an Israeli court extended the detention of seven Palestinians for incitement via Facebook and released others on conditions.

It also reported that 60 thousands worshippers performed the Friday noon prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound.

Al-Ayyam reported that Palestinian Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire has submitted his credentials.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that the EU mission in East Jerusalem and Ramallah has voiced its concerns over the Israeli policy of expelling Palestinians from East Jerusalem.

Al-Quds reported that FIFA President Joseph Blatter has condemned storming the Palestinian Football Federation headquarters by Israeli forces during the last month.