Newspapers Review: ICC’s Preliminary Investigation in Palestine Remains Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, January 19, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted in their Monday issue the opening of a preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into war crimes committed in Palestine.


Al-Ayyam highlighted in its main news story Israel’s “nightmare” of the ICC’s investigation, and its constant attempts to thwart it.”


Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the ICC’s decision “confused” Israel, prompting Tel Aviv to call for suspending funding to the international tribunal.


The dailies also highlighted remarks by President Mahmoud Abbas, who said that massive US-led pressures were behind the failure of the Palestinian draft resolution, which was presented to the United Nations Security Council late December in an effort to set a three-year deadline to the Israeli occupation.


The dailies said five Hezbollah members, including a top security official, were killed in an Israeli airstrike which targeted the Occupied Golan Heights in southeastern Syria.


The three papers reported on a Palestinian who was killed after inhaling teargas when Israeli police suppressed a funeral in the Arab city of Rahat in southern Israel.


They also said the Palestinian government pledged to ensure to pay 60% of the public sector wage for the month December 2014. The government has been facing financial hardship since January 4, when Israel decided to halt the transfer of tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority over its ICC membership.


Al-Quds said Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called upon the US to pressure Israel to release the tax revenues, which is negatively affecting the Palestinian government’s ability to function.