Newspapers review: Dailies highlight Israeli demolitions near Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, January 3, 2017 (WAFA) – The Israeli demolition of 11 residential structures in the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar east of Jerusalem hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies on Tuesday.

The dailies said the demolitions in the Bedouin community left a total of 87 Palestinians homeless, most of them children.

Furthermore, the dailies also highlighted on their front page police questioning of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of a corruption probe.

Highlighting West Bank raids, al-Quds said Israeli forces raided the Qalqiliya district village of Jayyous and the northern West Bank city of Jenin, triggering clashes with local Palestinians.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli forces detained 11 Palestinians, including five minors, in predawn raids across the West Bank.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat a-Jadida added Israeli forces briefly detained five Palestinian employees of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee while they were conducting rehabilitation work on a house in al-Shuhada Street in Hebron’s old city.

Spotlighting the situation of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, the dailies said Israel Prison Services (IPS) raided Nafha prison cells in the south of the country and assaulted Palestinian detainees, injuring three.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added the Israeli commander of the Nafha prison was injured during the clashes.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Israeli military ordered the settlement outpost of Amona to be relocated to neighboring Palestinian-owned plots of land.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, voted to bar Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas from parliamentary activity for six months.

Al-Ayyam reported Israeli Education Minister and leader of the far right pro-settlement Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett has plans to introduce legislation advocating Israeli annexation of the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and West Bank Area C.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said President Mahmoud Abbas called his Turkish counterpart to give condolences for those killed in the Istanbul nightclub shooting attack on the New Year.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization have described calls by Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk for a confederacy between the West Bank and Gaza as destruction of the national project.

It also said Venezuela has expressed support for Palestine in international forums during 2017 declared by the Palestinians as the year to end the Israeli occupation.

Al-Quds published a report about six tunnels Israel plans to open under the Old City of Jerusalem, two of them will be ready when Israel marks the anniversary for its occupation of the city in June 1967

 

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