Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlight Israeli President Visit to Hebron

RAMALLAH, February 3, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies Tuesday focused on confrontations which broke out in the city of Hebron on Monday, following a provocative visit by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Al-Ayyam and al-Quds said dozens suffocated by teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters at angry Palestinian residents who protested against Rivlin’s visit.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on Israeli peace activists who participated in the rally against Rivlin’s visit.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Israeli government once again retained 100 million shekels (about $33 million) in tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority. The move was the second in a row in response to PA’s move to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) earlier last month.

Al-Hayat and al-Quds said Chairman of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, William Schabas, resigned from the post after Israel accused him of being biased to the Palestinians.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said an Israeli settler shot and injured a shepherd while grazing his sheep in Jerusalem on Monday.

Al-Hayat and al-Ayyam said Israeli army demolished agricultural structures in the village of Qusra, south of Nablus.

In a different subject, the dailies said that in line with the international oil price cuts, the Ministry of Transportation decided to consider a 10% discount to the current transport fees in the West Bank.

Al-Ayyam quoted a UN report saying the Israeli demolitions of Palestinian property in East Jerusalem witnessed a sharp increase in recent months. Most of these demolitions are conducted on unpermitted construction pretences.

Al-Haya said an Egyptian c