Newspaper Review: Israeli Airstrike on Gaza Kills Palestinian

RAMALLAH, January 14, 2016 (WAFA) – An Israeli airstrike on the city of Beit Lahia that claimed the life of a Palestinian and injured three others was featured as the main news news in the  three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The three dailies reported that a Palestinian identified as Mousa Ze’eter was killed and three others were injured after Israeli warplanes bombed a location in Beit Lahia. The papers covered the funeral processions of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces in recent days.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that large crowds of Palestinians attended the funeral processions of four Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah cities.

It is worth noting in this regard that both Ahmad Kawazba, 23, and Adnan al-Mashni,17, both killed on Tuesdaynear the Beit Einun junction, were laid to rest in Hebron. Kawazba was shot dead following an alleged stabbing attempt, while al-Mashni was shot dead after he allegedly drove the former (first) to the area.

It is also worth noting that Amad Abu Srour, 21, shot dead during clashes in the Bethlehem town of Beit Jala while on his way to al-Quds Open University, was laid to rest in Aida refugee camp. Furthermore, Mustafa al-Khatib, 17, shot dead by Israeli police following an alleged stabbing attempt in Jerusalem on October 12, was buried in Ramallah after his body was released by Israel.

Furthermore, al-Quds reported that Israeli forces handed demolition notices for several Palestinian houses and structures in the Jordan Valley and demolished a plant nursery in the Nablus village of al-Sawiya.

Highlighting other Israeli violations against Palestinian people and property, al-Quds reported that Israeli Supreme Court has agreed to designate 1,341 dunums of Palestinian land belonging to the Bethlehem village of Nahla as “state land”.

It also reported that Israeli cabinet Secretary Avihay Mandelblitt has been insisting on legalizing a “random” settlement outpost in the West Bank.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that the Israeli government has transferred the sum of NIS 70 million (about $17,858,000) in direct support for illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The three dailies also reported that Israeli prosecution urged life sentences for the murderers of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. It was also reported as having postponed the verdict of the murderers to early February.

Highlighting renewed clashes on the northern entrance of Bethlehem, al-Ayyam reported that 11 Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces.

In the aftermath of Swedish Foreign Minister Margrot Wallstrom’s remarks calling for an investigation to determine if Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israel has announced that Wallstrom would not be welcome to visit Israel.

Israeli Foreign Ministry officials were reported in al-Ayyam as slamming Wallstrom’s calls as “folly and diplomatic stupidity”.

They also reported that the United Methodist Church’s pension fund has divested from several Israeli banks and companies over supporting settlement construction and human rights violations.