Newspaper Review: Killing of Teenager near Qalandia Checkpoint, UNHRC Condemning Israeli War Crimes in Gaza as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, July 4, 2015 (WAFA) – The killing of a Palestinian teenager by a senior Israeli commander Friday morning near Qalandiya checkpoint together with the vote by United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to adopt a resolution denouncing Israeli war crimes during the 2014 onslaught on the Gaza Strip hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted the killing of teenager Muhammad al-Kasabah, 17, near Qalandia checkpoint as the main front page news article.

Al-Quds reported that thousands of Palestinians attended al-Kasabah’s funeral procession and that the UN, namely UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, condemned the al-Kasbah’s killing by Israeli forces.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that al-Kasbah was the third son in his family to be killed; two of his brothers were killed by Israeli forces during the Second Intifada; [the Palestinian uprising against Israel, also known as al-Aqsa Intifada.]

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida further reported that al-Kasabah was shot dead by senior Israeli Brigade Commander, Israel Shomer, while he attempted to climb the separation wall to enter Jerusalem and pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound [for the third Friday prayer of Ramadan].

According to media sources, Israeli forces didn’t attend to al-Kasaba and left him to bleed until a group of Palestinians transferred him to a hospital, where he succumbed to his serious wounds despite doctors attempts to save his life; [al-Kasaba was shot several times, including in the upper body.]

During the month of Ramadan on Fridays, Israeli authorities only allows men and women over the age of 50 to enter Jerusalem without entry permits. To be noted, Palestinians are often denied permits to enter the city, forcing many Palestinians, particularly youth, to look for alternative ways to enter in order to pray at al-Aqsa mosque.

The three dailies printed photos featuring thousands of Palestinians attending al-Ksabah’s funeral procession.

Moreover, the dailies covered UNHRC’s vote to adopt a resolution on last summer’s Israeli onslaught on Gaza.

Both al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the UNHRC has called for the prosecution of everyone responsible for committing war crimes in Gaza.

Al-Ayyam added in this regard that an overwhelming majority voted in favor of the resolution, while the United States was the only country that voted against.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida added in this regard that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the vote.

Covering the same issue, al-Quds reported that the UNHRC has voted in favor of the resolution submitted by Palestine under the title ‘Ensuring Accountability and Justice for all Violations of International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.’

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli forces quelled Friday weekly marches commemorating the first anniversary of teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair, who was abducted and burned to death by Israeli settlers on July 2, 2014.

The three dailies also reported that over 200,000 Muslim worshipers marked the third Friday of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem. Al-Quds added that a total of 20,000 worshipers also marked the third Friday of Ramadan in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs.

In the wake of latest attacks against Egyptian army in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula, which claimed the lives of at least 70 soldiers, al-Quds quoted senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq as saying: “These attacks undermine our security and we maintain strong relation with Egypt.”

Al-Ayyam reported Hamas as dismissing Israeli accusations of having been involved in these attacks.

It further reported that Yehuda Glick, whom it described as ‘one of the most extremist rabbis in Israel, was hosted in a Ramadan Iftar in Turkey.

It reported that Palestinian security forces have detained dozens of Hamas affiliates across the West Bank.

It quoted Spokesperson for Palestinian Security Forces major general ‘Adnan Ad-Damiri as saying: “We will not allow anyone to provoke chaos in the West Bank.”