Newspaper Review: Israel’s Violent Suppressing of Prisoner’s Day Marches Across West Bank Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, April 18, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies Saturday highlighted Israeli forces’ violent suppressing of Peaceful marches marking Palestinian Prisoner’s Day across the West Bank.

The three dailies reported that several Palestinians were shot with live rounds and dozens others suffered excessive tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces suppressed marches marking Palestinian Prisoner’s Day across West Bank.

Al-Quds added in this regard that Palestinian protestors have called for referring the issue of Palestinian detainees held in Israeli jails to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida printed two photos of confrontations that erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian protestors in the Bethlehem village of al-Ma‘sara and Nablus village of Kufr Qaddoum. Al-Ayyam printed another photo featuring a march in Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound.

The three dailies also highlighted France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ remarks that the two-state solution is threatened by ongoing Israeli settlement construction.

He was also quoted in al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida as saying, as time passes, it becomes more difficult to solve the conflict.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has appealed for $30 million in urgent relief aid for Yarmouk refugee camp, in Syria.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli planes have sprayed Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza with chemicals, causing damages to the crops.

It also reported that Israel plans to construct 56 settlement units in the East Jerusalem settlement of ‘Navi Yacoup’.

It further reported that the Israeli Supreme Court will hold a hearing on two petitions on whether the right-wing settler organization of Elad would maintain its control on Al-Buraq Wall in the old city of Jerusalem, also known as the Western Wall.

It reported Fatah Central Committee Member Nabil Sha‘ath as announcing that the Norwegian Labor Party has decided to recognize the Palestinian state.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on Premier Rami Hamdallah as announcing that the issue of Palestinian tax revenues withheld by Israel will be resolved soon and assuring public servants that they would receive the remaining 160% of their salaries for the last four months.

They also reported that President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree that will see a day’s wages from all PLO and Palestinian Authority staff, both military and civilian, donated towards Yarmouk.

With regard to the situation of the beleaguered Yarmouk, al-Ayyam reported that the ‘Islamic State’ group and the Jabhat al-Nusra continue to control 80% of the camp’s area.

It also reported that Israel has slammed EU’s decision to label products from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.