Newspaper Review: Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound Clashes Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 16, 2015 (WAFA) – The violent clashes that erupted at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the third consecutive day as Israeli police attacked Palestinians and wreaked havoc into the compound hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds daily newspaper reported in this regard that Israeli forces stormed and wrecked havoc into the mosque for the third consecutive day.

It also reported that Israeli forces forced their way into the southern building, known as al-Qibli mosque, until they reached the Saladin’s Minbar (pulpit).

It also reported that 39 Palestinians, who barricaded themselves inside the compound to defend it, were injured by Israeli forces,  which continued to allow Jews to intrude into the compound.

Covering the same issue in its main front page news item, al-Ayyam reported that it was “the most violent day” at the mosque as Israeli occupation forces reached the Saladin’s Minbar.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that Israel’s tampering with Al-Aqsa mosque threatens to ignite the region.

Highlighting Palestinian official responses to the clashes, al-Quds reported that President Mahmoud Abbas appreciated the remarks by King Abdullah II of Jordan in this regard.

Abbas was also reported in both al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida as having discussed the situation with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal over the phone.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Abbas met with Cardinal Peter Erdo, President of the Council of European Bishops in Ramallah.

Palestinian Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh was reported in al-Quds as stating that Palestinian leadership will be undertaking some important decisions soon.

He was also reported in Al-Ayyam as warning Israel against proceeding with inciting provocations in Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam also reported the PLO Executive Committee as announcing that it has urged the UN Security council to hold an emergency session to discuss the situation at the mosque.

Furthermore, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to visit “sensitive locations” in Jerusalem today.

Al-Ayyam reported some observers as warning that both Netanyahu and Israeli ‘Internal Security’ Minister Gilad Erdan are pushing toward causing the situation in the region to explode.

The three dailies also covered Arab and international reactions to the clashes that rocked the mosque for the third consecutive day.

Al-Ayyam reported that the White House has condemned violence in Jerusalem and that the UN and EU have warned against the serious consequences arising from the clashes that rocked the mosque.

The UN and EU were also reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as calling for halting the escalation in the holy sites and maintaining the historical status quo.

Moreover, al-Quds covered the clashes that erupted as Palestinians demonstrated in protest of Israeli actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

It reported that Israeli forces injured dozens of Palestinians with live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets and caused several others to suffer excessive tear gas inhalation in Tulkarem, Khan Younes and the Ramallah village of Bil‘in.

It also reported that Israeli forces quelled similar demonstrations in the Jerusalem town of al-‘Issawiya and refugee camp of Qalandiya, injuring 20 Palestinians, including a girl, noting that a Palestinian was seriously injured.

Furthermore, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Palestine has invited hundreds of world leaders to participate in a ceremony this month to raise the Palestinian flag at the UN headquarters in New York.