Newspaper Review: Israel’s Suppression of Peaceful Rallies, Demolition of EU-funded Facilities Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, February 7, 2015 (WAFA) – Weekly Friday rallies organized by Palestinians across the West Bank in protest of Israeli settlement and wall construction and Israeli plans to demolish EU-funded facilities in West Bank C Area hit the front page headlines of Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies reported that scores of Palestinians were shot and injured and suffocated as Israeli forces attempted to crush the [peaceful] anti-wall and settlement rallies across the West Bank.

They also reported that Israeli forces and settlers opened fire on ]popular resistance[ activists in the Hebron town of Beit Ummar.

The three dailies also reported that the protest tent village, Bawwabat al-Quds (Gate to Jerusalem) was rebuilt for the fourth time by Palestinian popular resistance activists in Khilet al-Rahib area to the east of Abu Dis.

They printed a photo featuring Israeli forces being confronted by Palestinian female activists in the Ramallah village of Nabi Saleh.

They also reported as part of the main front page news item that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued instructions for the demolition of EU-constructed facilities within occupied East Jerusalem.

Highlighting the ongoing Israeli occupation practices, Al-Quds reported the Israeli call for tenders for the construction of 580 hotel rooms in the High Commissioner’s Palace Hill in East Jerusalem.

It quoted Director of Reconstruction Committee’s Projects in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Bassam Al-Hallaq as warning that Israeli authorities have been obstructing all renovation projects in the mosque.

It also quoted the UN’s outgoing Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry as warning Israel against ongoing settlement construction and breakdown of negotiations.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Al-Arabi have appealed to international donors to honor their financial commitments ]made at the October 2014 Gaza Reconstruction Conference[.

They also reported them as expressing their concerns over the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip.

Highlighting Prime Minister’s Rami Hamdallah’s meeting with heads of security services in Nablus city, Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Hamdallah as stating: “There is one authority adopting one unified system, law and legitimate weapon.”

They also quoted him as saying: “We have clear instructions to not allow any party to destabilize the situation.”

It was reported in the three dailies that US Vice President Joe Biden would not attend a speech Netanyahu is scheduled to make before the Congress on March 3.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the Belgian parliament has approved a resolution calling for the recognition of Palestine as a state.

Quoting the Egyptian Albawaba News website, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that as a result of the deteriorating situation in Sinai, Egypt could be obliged to use its military capabilities inside the Gaza Strip.

It also reported in this regard that Hamas is concerned as a result of Egyptian President Abudul-Fattah Al-Sisi’s threat against ‘Foreign Hands’ Behind Sinai Attack.’