Newspaper Review: Killing Palestinian Schoolgirl in Hebron Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, October 26, 2015 (WAFA) – The killing of a 17-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl identified as Dana Irsheid by Israeli forces near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron hit the front page headlines of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.


Al-Quds reported in its main front page news article that a Palestinian girl was shot dead by Israeli forces in Hebron, while al-Ayyam slammed the killing of the schoolgirl as “extrajudicial”. Al-Hayat al-Jadida described it as an “assassination”.


Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted Israeli forces and settlers’ attacks against Palestinians across the West Bank. They reported that several Palestinians were shot and injured as Israeli forces and settlers opened fire on them.


Al-Quds referred to the shooting of a Palestinian man, identified as Azzam Shalaldeh, 20, by an Israeli settler between the Hebron village of Sa‘ir and illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc as well as attacking and stabbing a Palestinian worker by settlers in the illegal settlement of Ariel. The shooting of the worker was also covered in al-Hayat al-Jadida.


It is worth noting that Shaladeh was shot with at least four bullets while picking olives in Wadi Sa‘ir locality. He sustained critical wounds in the attack.


Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that several Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces during a raid into the Hebron village of Sa‘ir. Along with al-Quds, they both reported that settlers set a Palestinian-owned vehicle ablaze and spray-painted racist slogans in the Jerusalem village of Um Tuba.


Al-Quds also reported that Palestinian Health Minister personnel were assaulted by Israeli forces at the Nablus district checkpoint of Za‘tara.


Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported a total of 1,003 Palestinians have been detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of October.


The three dailies focused on the situation in Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque compound and highlighted the step to install surveillance cameras inside compound in order to maintain the status quo.


They reported that settlers forced their way into the site again and that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been mulling revoking the residency permits from thousands of East Jerusalem Palestinians.


Al-Quds noted that the targeted Palestinians are living in East Jerusalem neighborhoods isolated by the apartheid wall and al-Ayyam estimated the number at about 100,000 Palestinians.


This installation of around-the-clock video monitoring is reportedly one of a series of steps that US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan on Saturday. The same steps were discussed by Kerry and Netanyahu during their meeting in Berlin last Thursday. Al-Quds reported that Palestinians have expressed doubt about Kerry’s speech over the mosque, describing it as “an additional trap”.


Al-Ayyam also reported that Palestinians have also expressed doubts about Netanyahu’s pledges to maintain the status quo, noting that he is “manipulating” the definition of the status quo. Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that King Abdullah II of Jordan has welcomed Netanyahu’s remarks on Al-Aqsa and stressed the importance of implementation.


It also reported on some Palestinian officials as stating that Netanyahu’s actions are very far removed from his words and that there would be no de-escalation without a political horizon that brings the Israeli occupation to an end.


PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Saeb Erekat was reported in al-Quds as slamming the ongoing Israeli occupation as the reason for the conflict. He was also reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as slamming the occupation as “the source of evil” in the region.


Al-Quds also reported that the US decided to reduce its financial aid to the PA. Meanwhile, al-Ayyam reported that Palestinian lawmaker and co-founder of the Palestinian National Initiative party, known as Mubadara, Mustafa Barghouthi was attacked by unknown assailants in the Ramallah neighborhood on al-Tira last Saturday.