Newspaper Review: Saudi Arabia King Abdullah’s Death Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, January 24, 2015 (WAFA) – Saudi Arabia King Abdullah’s death hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies reported that Saudi Arabia has bid farewell to late King Abdullah and that Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has been anointed as the new king.

They reported that the newly-anointed monarch promoted Muqrin bin Abdulaziz to Crown Prince, appointed Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef as the second heir, and promoted Mohammad bin Salman to Head of Royal Court.

Al-Quds reported in its main front page news item that the newly-anointed monarch has pledged to “continue to follow the path in which his predecessors have walked.”

The three dailies also reported in this regard that President Mahmoud Abbas mourned the late monarch and declared three days of mourning.

They also reported that Abbas cut short his official visit to Tunisia, where he met with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi, and headed to Riyadh to attend the deceased monarch’s funeral.

The three dailies printed a photo for the late monarch’s funeral.

Highlighting Abbas’ official visit to Tunisia, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that he briefed Essebsi on the latest political developments on the Palestinian arena and quoted Abbas as stating: “the most important issues to be brought to the ICC are Israeli settlement construction and assaults.”

Al-Ayyam also quoted him as stating: “We are on the same page regarding the various political issues.”

Highlighting Friday peaceful marches across the West Bank, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that dozens of Palestinians were shot and injured as Israeli occupation forces quelled the [peaceful]  marches.

They also reported that forces demolished ]Ziad[ Abu Ein’s village for the second time in a row to the south of Bethlehem. [He was killed due to Israeli soldiers’ violent handling and excessive tear gas inhalation earlier in December while marking the International Human Rights day by planting olive trees in a Ramallah village to symbolize the hope for both peace and justice]

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported in this regard that an Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian child from [Tulkarem’s] Shufa village and that a Palestinian young man was shot and injured by Israeli forces to the east of Jabalia refugee camp, in Gaza.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli authorities have been recently using FaceBook posts [as a pretext] to detain Palestinians from Jerusalem.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that a Palestinian young man was detained near Israeli President’s house in Jerusalem purportedly for holding a knife.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley has called for the demolition of Palestinian houses ]by Israeli occupation authorities[ to be immediately stopped.

Al-Quds quoted Palestinian anonymous sources as saying: “The US intends to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA).”

It also reported in this regard that the PA has employed the services of a Washington-based public relations lobby to convince the Congress not to cut annual financial aid.

Highlighting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial visit to address the US Congress shortly before the upcoming Israeli parliamentary elections, al-Quds reported that US President Barack Obama warned Netanyahu against interfering in the Congress’ affairs.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted White House sources stating in this regard: “Had we known in advance about Netanyahu’s visit, we would have prevented it.”

Al-Ayyam reported that by accepting the US Congress’ invitation without White House knowledge, Netanyahu has spat in the face of Obama and caused a rift in Israeli-US relations.

Al-Ayyam reported that Fatah Central Committee Member ‘Azzam al-Ahmad has discussed with the Lebanese Interior Minister Nihad Mashnouq the status of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.