Newspapers Focus on Israeli Army Quelling of Demonstration against Takeover of Church Property

RAMALLAH, August 30, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted on Sunday the Israeli army’s suppression of a Saturday peaceful march at Hebron-Jerusalem road which called for protecting Beit al-Barakah, a church-owned property, against Israeli attempts to transform it into a Jewish site.

They said Palestinian and international anti-settlement activists and clergymen organized a march in protest of Israeli attempts to take over the site, located near al-‘Arrub refugee camp between Hebron and Bethlehem, which settlers claim they have previously purchased.

To be noted, The church compound has turned recently into a scene of ongoing Palestinian marches against its takeover with Israeli forces each time violently quelling protesters.

Al-Ayyam quoted an Israeli army officer who threatened that the army will occupy al-Shifa medical compound in Gaza, which Israel alleges is one of Hamas’ strategic headquarters, in case hostilities with Hamas renew.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Jewish extremists Sunday set up a flying checkpoint at the entrance of Yasuf village near the town of Salfit in the West Bank, stopping and searching passing Palestinian cars. The settlers, who were protected by Israeli forces, also attempted to raid the village but local Palestinians prevented them.

Al-Ayyam said, Hamas’s military wing, announced that one of its members had died after a tunnel collapsed in Gaza. He was identified as Anwar al-Ghlban, 23. It further reported that a former member of al-Qassam Brigade, was killed after he blew himself up in a bomb attack targeting one of the Iraqi army’s locations.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted senior Fatah official AZaam al-Ahmad as saying, that President Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with Jordanian monarch King Abdullah II in Amman on Sunday.

Al-Quds reported on Arab member in the Israeli parliament, Knesset, Ahmad el-Tibi as warning of the recent surge in settlement activities in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood. He said these measures are part of Israeli government’s efforts to “Judaize” the area.

Al-Ayyam said tens of thousands of Lebanese took to the streets in Beirut in protest of what they described as corruption and inability in the country’s corridors of power.

On a different note, the three dailies reported that the Palestinian national council has changed the time of the meeting scheduled to be held at the presidency headquarters in Ramallah to the 14th and 15th of September, due to technical reasons.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said a man was killed and six others injured during a family dispute in Nablus.