Newspaper Review: Mounting Tension, Killing of Two Palestinians Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, October 5, 2015 (WAFA) – The mounting tensions and spate of killings across the West Bank coupled with Israeli ban on Palestinians’ access into the Old City of Jerusalem hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies highlighted the latest killing of Fadi Alloun, 19, from the Jerusalem’s town of al-‘Issawiya by Israeli police and that of Huthayfa Suleiman, 18, in the Tulkarem’s village of Bala in their main front page news headlines.

Al-Quds reported in this regard that young Alloun, from al-‘Issawiya was shot dead by Israeli police after being assaulted by extremist Jews and that another Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces in the Tulkarem Village of Bal’a.

Al-Ayyam said Alloun was assassinated by Israeli occupation forces in cold blood.

These headlines refute Israeli police claims that Alloun was killed after a stabbing attack that wounded an Israeli teenager and referring to a video that went viral on social media showing a mob of Israeli Jewish settlers chasing after Alloun and shouting racist slogans.

As the video above begins, voices can be heard in Hebrew shouting – apparently at police – “Shoot him! He’s a terrorist! Shoot him!” and “Don’t wait! Shoot him!”

Alloun is seen backing away from the group, along the tracks of the Jerusalem Light Rail. The lights of a police car can then be seen and the sound of seven gunshots heard. Alloun falls to the ground. At no time in the video has he posed a threat to anyone.

A police officer – apparently the shooter – can be seen approaching Alloun. Meanwhile celebratory voices are heard shouting “Yes! Yes! Son of a bitch!” and “Wow!” and “He’s an Arab!”. “Death to the Arabs!” others shout. A police officer then asks, “Where are the injured?”

Besides, the Israeli ban on Palestinians’ access into the Old City of Jerusalem made the headline news in the three dailies.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli police imposed a “military cordon” on the Old City of Jerusalem. Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida explained that Israeli occupation authorities banned Palestinians from entering the Old City for the first time.

Furthermore, the mounting Israeli escalation across the West Bank was covered as part of the main front page news article in the three dailies.

Al-Quds reported in this regard that settlers expanded their rampage against Palestinians. Al-Ayyam said that West Bank has become “caught in the Israeli occupation forces and settlers’ terror”.

Highlighting the tensions across Jerusalem, al-Ayyam explained that the city neighborhoods have become “an arena for open confrontations” between Palestinians and Israeli occupation forces.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam read dozens of Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces.

Al-Quds reported that Palestinians held a peaceful march protesting razing their lands for the construction of the Israeli segregation wall in Beit Jala.

Furthermore, the three dailies highlighted the “reprisals” taken by the Israeli cabinet against Palestinians. Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to speed up demolition of the houses of alleged Palestinian perpetrators and step up administrative detention of Palestinians. Netanyahu was also reported in al-Ayyam as having decided to cordon the Old City off.

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz was reported in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida as threatening to commence a “second Operation Defensive Shield” in the West Bank and expelling or revoking the work permits of 100,000 Palestinians workers in Israel.

Leader of Yisrael Beiteinu Avigdor Lieberman was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida as calling on the Israeli government to withhold Palestinian tax revenues and revoke VIP cards from Palestinian officials.

Highlighting the Palestinian official response to the series of Israeli “reprisals”, al-Quds said Palestinian factions have decried the Israeli escalation and settlers’ mounting attacks against Palestinains.

President Mahmoud Abbas was reported in the three dailies as calling upon UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to immediately provide international protection for the Palestinian people.

Palestinian Presidential Advisor Nimer Hammad said the latest attacks against Israelis are a response to Israeli occupation forces and settlers’ practices against the Palestinian people.