Newspaper Review: Khader Adnan Ends 55 days of Hunger Strike, Israel to Intercept Freedom Flotilla III as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 29, 2015 (WAFA) – News that Palestinian political detainee Khader Adnan has ended his 55-day long hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israeli authorities together with Israeli preparations to intercept the Freedom Flotilla III, bound for Gaza to break the Israeli siege, hit the main front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted Khader Adnan’s ending of his hunger strike, which he launched in an attempt to end his illegal detention without charge or trial, as their main front page news item.

Al-Quds reported that President Mahmoud Abbas himself has exerted pressures in order to secure Adnan’s release and that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement has warned Israel it would ‘pay the price’ is Adnan dies.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that a deal, that saw Adnan ending his hunger strike, has been reached ]with Israeli authorities[, noting that Adnan would be released on July 12. The newspaper introduced the news with a heading reading: “]Khader Adnan’s[ will has triumphed”.

Al-Ayyam reported in this regard that Adnan insisted on receiving a written pledge insuring that he will be released and never be held again under administrative detention.

While al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted Khader Adnan’s issue in their front page news article, al-Ayyam opted to cover intercepting Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla III.

It reported that Israel has taken preparations in order to intercept the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla on Monday and prevent it from reaching its destination on Tuesday.

Al-Quds reported in this regard an Israeli ‘security’ source as saying that Israeli naval forces would deal with the Freedom Flotilla III just as it dealt with 2010 Marmara Flotilla.

In the aftermath of the 5.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Egypt on Saturday and was felt across the region, al-Quds reported Israeli experts as warning that a real earthquake is expected to strike the Middle East region during the few coming years.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported experts as warning that should an earthquake strike, 70% of homes would collapse.

Covering Israeli forces and settlers’ practices across the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT), al-Quds reported on Israeli forces’ leveling of Palestinian land and construction of settler units in Israeli settlements, built on Salfit land.

It also reported that Israeli forces broke into homes belonging to the families of Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, two Palestinians  who were shot dead by Israeli police after attacking a Jerusalem synagogue in November 2014.

Al-Ayyam reported that clashes broke out in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods and that a Palestinian woman was detained by Israeli forces as Muslim female worshipers confronted Israeli settlers who forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Israeli real estate agents have forged the sale of Palestinian property in an East Jerusalem settlement.

Al-Quds reported that Fatah Central Committee member ‘Azzam al-Ahmad has discussed the intra-Palestinian reconciliation and the formation of national consensus government with Egyptian officials in Cairo.

With regards to the formation of new Palestinian government, al-Ayyam reported that Abbas has set Tuesday morning as a deadline for Hamas to agree on the formation of the government.

Highlighting Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold’s trip to Cairo, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the Israeli official discussed ways to revive Palestinian-Israeli talks.