Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlight Tel Aviv Stabbing, Jerusalem Homes Demolitions

RAMALLAH, January 22, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies Thursday highlighted Tel Aviv stabbing incident and demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.

Al-Quds pushed to its front page the story on the demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, explaining that the ‘Jerusalem Municipality’ demolished a house that belongs to a Palestinian and a four-storey building in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Jabal al-Mukabir and Shu‘fat.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that a Palestinian residential building, three houses and barracks were demolished by Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem and Jericho.

Both al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam printed a photo for bulldozers carrying out a demolition under the protection of Israeli forces.

Highlighting ongoing arrests across the West Bank, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli occupation forces conducted raid and search operations across the West Bank, arresting about 20 Palestinians.

Highlighting Israeli settlers’ attacks across occupied West Bank, al-Quds reported that a settler opened fire on two Palestinians in Tuqu’ town to the southeast of Bethlehem and others pelted Palestinians with stones. Al-Hayat al-Jadida said that settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam also reported that the municipality of the illegal Israeli settlement of Qiryat Arba’ has requested a Palestinian resident of Hebron to pay them taxes for his house and land.

The three dailies reported that President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to begin Thursday an official visit to Tunisia.

Al-Quds published a story that Hamas senior official Mousa Abu Marzouq travelled to Cairo.

Highlighting the Tel Aviv stabbing, al-Quds reported that a Palestinian young man attacked passengers with a knife on a bus in downtown Tel Aviv, wounding 17 Israelis before being shot down and arrested by an Israeli police. All-Hayat al-Jadida reported that 13 Israeli people were wounded.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam added in this respect that Israel hurriedly held the Palestinian Authority (PA) responsible for the attack. The main front page photo in al-Ayyam was dedicated to the incident.

The dailies also reported he the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee’s meeting in Ramallah. This news item appeared as the main front page article in al-Hayat al-Jadida.

Al-Quds quoted the PLO Executive Committee stating in this regard: “Any new United Nations Security council (UNSC) bid should be in accordance with the bases ensuring that Israeli occupation would be brought to an end.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that the PLO Executive Committee has called for seriously discussing the ongoing security coordination with Israel. It added that the committee underscored the necessity to restart national dialogue with the purpose of granting Gaza reconstruction top priority.

Both al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam also reported that the committee has decided to form a national committee to be in charge of following up on priority issues pertinent to the International Criminal Court, focusing on settlement construction and the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza.

Also with relation to ICC, al-Quds reported that Israel is becoming increasingly concerned about the ICC’s decision to open an examination into the Palestine situation, describing it as a move that would “result in considerable harm and poses a strategic danger.”

Al-Ayyam reported that Israel has threatened to file lawsuits against Palestinian officials in ICC.

The three dailies also reported on White House’s criticism of the speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to deliver in the Congress, slamming the invitation extended by the House Speaker John Boehner to Netanyahu as “a departure from the protocol.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that an Israeli military court has sentenced Malak al-Khatib, 14, to two months imprisonment.

It reported that Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah inaugurated (opened) the first-of-its-kind electricity transmission plant in Jenin.

Al-Ayyam reported that Japan has called Israel to release the Palestinian tax revenues.