Newspaper Review: Settlements Exploitation of ‘Security Zones’ Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, July 6, 2015 (WAFA) – The investigation carried out by the Israeli newspaper of Haaretz revealing that hundreds of acres of lands seized from Palestinians to establish ‘security zones’ around West Bank illegal settlements are in fact being utilized for other purposes other than security hit the front page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Covering this theme in its main front page news article, al-Quds reported that lands that have been expropriated from Palestinians under security pretexts are being exploited by Israeli settlers for private usage such as farming and entertainment.

Al-Ayyam reported that Haaretz’s report reveals that the lands seized for ‘security zones’ are in fact being used for expanding settlements as well.

On the other hand, al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that some Israeli media outlets have abetted murdering Palestinian stone-throwers.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that the current situation in the Gaza Strip is worse than it was a year before when Israel launched its latest onslaught.

Al-Quds also reported that the Israeli Knesset has discussed a draft law that would prevent any person who participates in any ‘activity’ against Israel from running for the Knesset elections, targeting with that Arab members.

Al-Ayyam quoted senior Hamas official Isma‘il Haniyeh as saying: “The Hamas-Egypt relation has improved.”

It also quoted him as saying: “We have been informed by international actors that Israel won’t launch any new war on Gaza.”

Al-Ayyam also reported that the Palestinian Telecommunications Company (Paltel) and Jawwal have reopened their offices and branches across Gaza.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Israel’s top detective, Assistant Commissioner Ephraim Barcha, has committed suicide.

Al-Ayyam said that 322 Israeli soldiers have become disabled as a result of the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza.

Covering international events, al-Ayyam reported that in defiance of Europe, the overwhelming majority of Greeks has voted ‘No’ on the bailout deal.