Newspaper Review: Restrictions on Palestinians’ Entry into al-Aqsa, Settlers’ Takeover of Building in Jerusalem focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 28, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Friday issue on Israel’s continued imposition of restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem together with Jewish settlers’ takeover of a building in East Jerusalem’s town of Silwan.

The three dailies – al-Quds, al-Hayyat al-Jadida, and al-Ayyam –  reported on Israeli police’ latest restrictions on Palestinians’ entry into the mosque, while allowing settlers’ entry.

Al-Quds read in bold red letters: ‘The start of the temporal division of al-Aqsa… [Israeli] police takes exceptional serious measures.’ It further said that [Israeli police] prevented Palestinian women from entering the mosque before 11:00 AM, while limiting the presence of men to only an hour.

Meanwhile, al-Ayyam reported in this regard that dozens of settlers forced their way into the mosque’s compound again, and that [the Israeli] occupation imposes new restrictions on the mosque’s guards. Al-Ayyam daly also reported on the entry of dozens of settlers into the mosque’s compound.

In this regard, al-Hayyat al-Jadida said that the Islamic-Christian Committee warned against Israeli plans targeting al-Aqsa.

Regarding settlers’ takeover of a five-storey building in East Jerusalem’s  Batn al-Hawa area in the town of Silwan, al-Quds said that settlers took over a residential building in Silwan and that [Israeli] police blocks a main road in [East Jerusalem’s] al-Tur neighborhood.

Al-Ayyam daily reported that [Ateret Cohanim] Jewish organization takes over a building consisting of 12 apartments in Silwan. Al-Hayyat al-Jadida mentioned the same headline.

On a different note, al-Quds said [Israeli] army assaulted a [Palestinian] child in Hebron, causing him fractures in his foot.

Regarding the health status of 4-year-old Ahmad Dawabsheh, who was seriously burnt during a settlers’ Molotov attack on a home in the Nablus village of Duma, al-Quds reported an improvement on the health of Dawabsheh. Al-Hayyat al-Jadida posted a headline that read: child Ahmad Dawabsheh [questioning] his grandfather: why am I burnt?

To be noted, the whole Dawabsheh family was affected by the attack, Ahmad’s 18-months-old brother, Ali and father, Saad, were killed, while his mother, Reham, is still fighting for her life in Israeli hospitals, after sustaining three degree burns.

Moving on to another issue, al-Ayyam said that the [Palestinian] National Council is set to convene on September 15. Al-Hayyat al-Jadida added in this regard that invitations are being sent to members of the council.

In the meantime, al-Hayyat al-Jadida said that 21 states call on the United Nations to raise the flag of Palestine at its headquarters. Al-Ayyam also covered the same issue.