Newspapers Focus on Israel’s Seizure of Land Adjacent to al-Aqsa Mosque to Establish National Park

RAMALLAH, August 17, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies, al-Hayat al-Jadida, al-Ayyam, and al-Quds, focused on Monday on the Israeli authorities’ seizure of a land adjacent to the eastern wall of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque.

They said the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) and Israeli police broke into the area, located near the Islamic Rahma cemetery, and placed barbered wires around the land as a prelude for establishing a national park there.

In a different subject, al-Ayyam said confrontations erupted between Israeli police and activists who gathered outside Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon in support of hunger striking prisoner Mohammad Allan on Sunday evening. The clashes erupted when Israeli police prevented a convoy of Arab protesters from reaching the hospital where Allan is being hospitalized.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Supreme Court of Israel is due to look into the immediate release of Allan on Monday, after his health condition seriously deteriorated.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Israeli sources as stating that Tel Aviv is concerned over dramatic steps that could be taken by President Mahmoud Abbas during the upcoming month of September.

Al-Ayyam said the Israeli army was gearing up for a possible, short-term ground offensive in Syria in retaliation for sporadic rocket attacks on Israel.

It said former Israeli Minister of Internal Security Sunday called for the segregation of West Bank roads to stop the wave of vehicular attacks on Israeli targets, maintaining that separating Israeli and Palestinian drivers on West Bank highways was an inevitable move.