Newspaper Review: Two Israeli Soldiers Stabbed, Palestinian Shot Dead

RAMALLAH, April 9, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted in their Thursday issue the Wednesday incident, in which a Palestinian youngster reportedly stabbed and wounded two Israeli soldiers near Ramallah, before he was shot dead by one of the injured soldiers.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said a youngster from the village of Sinjil, north of Ramallah, was shot dead for stabbing two Israeli soldiers.

Al-Quds said the man, 27-year-old Mohammad Karakreh, was shot dead after he stabbed and wounded two Israeli soldiers near Ramallah.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Quds printed photos of the incident scene while al-Ayyam published a photo of three Israeli soldiers arresting one of Karakrah’s relatives.

On a different note, al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said Palestinian police deployed for the first time in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of al-Ram, Abu Dis and Biddu, after inaugurating police centers in these areas for the first time since 1993. The three districts are considered Area C and have been under Israeli military control; despite being densely populated by Palestinians and are located well within the West Bank.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Israeli authorities seized more than 1,000 dunums of land in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, to expand the nearby illegal settlement of ‘Migdal Oz’.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Palestinian Authority received a $100 million loan from Qatar to help pay civil servants salaries and alleviate the current economic crisis.

Al-Ayyam quoted PLO executive committee member Ahmad Majdalani, who said that a political solution to the current crisis in al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, on the outskirts of Damascus, was very unlikely.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Quds quoted Syrian State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar, who warned that the crisis in al-Yarmouk requires a “military solution”.

Al-Ayyam said a US judge rejected on Wednesday a bid by Arab Bank Plc to overturn a jury verdict, which allegedly found it liable for knowingly supporting “terrorism efforts related to a series of attacks in the Middle East.”