Newspapers Review: Israeli killing of Palestinian in Fara’a camp focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, January 11, 2017 (WAFA) – The Israeli army killing of a Palestinian during a raid of Fara’a refugee camp in the northern West Bank district of Tubas hit the front page headlines in the Palestinian dailies on Wednesday.

Al-Quds described the killing of Mohammad Salhi, 32, as “assassination,” while al-Ayyam described it as “extrajudicial execution” and al-Hayat al-Jadida said it was “cold-blooded execution.”

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said he was shot dead in front of his mother when the soldiers raided his home to reach a neighbor’s house.

Highlighting demolitions in the West Bank, al-Quds said Israeli forces delivered demolition orders for several Palestinian structures across the West Bank.

Al-Ayyam explained Israeli bulldozers destroyed a pipeline supplying water to 36 Palestinian families in the northern Jordan Valley. The 11-kilometer pipeline supplied water to the communities of al-Ras al-Ahmar, al-Hadidiya, Khirbet Makhul and Khirbet Humsa.

It added Israeli forces delivered eviction orders for two Palestinian homes, north of Jericho, and stop-construction orders for water well and structure in the Bethlehem district town of al-Khader.

The dailies added a general strike was proclaimed Wednesday in the Arab town of Qalansowa inside Israel to protest the demolition of 11 homes.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said US President-elect Donald Trump still plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Al-Quds reported senior Palestinian official Mohammad Shtayyeh as stating the Palestinian leadership would take “preventive measures” in order to prevent the decision from being implemented.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported him as warning the Palestinian leadership would consider withdrawing recognition of Israel in response to the move, which he said would mean an “end to the two-state solution” and the termination of talks.

Highlighting punitive Israeli measures against the family of Fadi Qunbar, who carried out the fatal truck attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, the dailies said Israeli authorities informed several members of the family that their Jerusalem residency status would be revoked and home demolished.

The dailies said President Mahmoud Abbas has received an invitation to meet with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, in Paris on January 15.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Abbas would be received by Pope Francis at the Vatican prior to his trip to France for the international peace conference.

Moreover, the dailies reported the meeting of the preparatory committee of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) was launched in Beirut with participation of representatives from all Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The dailies said work is underway by the government to put an end to power cut and water shortage in the Gaza Strip.

They said in another story that Israel has decided to break up Palestinian land in the West Bank town of Silwad in order to allocate an area as replacement for the illegal Amona settlement outpost.

Al-Quds said Egypt has decided to ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip. Egypt and Israel are the two countries with land borders with Gaza.

The paper had an interview with Economy Minister Abeer Odeh in which she said “we are seeking economic independence.”

Al-Ayyam reported outgoing US President Barack Obama as stating Israeli settlements are making a future Palestinian state impossible.

 

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