Newspapers Focus on Killing Palestinian after Shooting of Three Israelis in Ramallah

RAMALLAH, February 1, 2016 (WAFA) – Killing a Palestinian following a shooting attack that wounded three Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint near the Israeli settlement of Beit El in the central West Bank district of Ramallah hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies reported that a Palestinian young man was killed by Israeli forces after he shot and injured three Israeli soldiers at Beit El checkpoint.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added in this regard that the man came from the Nablus town of Jamma’in.

The three dailies also reported that a Palestinian man was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces following an alleged car-ramming attack to the west of Ramallah.

Furthermore, the closure of Ramallah city in the aftermath of the shooting and car-ramming attacks hit the front page headlines in the dailies.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli occupation forces blocked Ramallah and al-Bireh district’s roads and imposed new restricted measures with regards to exit and entry of Palestinians into the city.

Al-Ayyam reported that Israeli forces closed the majority of roads leading to Ramallah and al-Bireh district, while al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli forces cordoned Ramallah off.

Furthermore, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli undercover forces nabbed a Palestinian young man from the Ramallah village of An-Nabi Saleh.

The three dailies reported that during a phone call with US Secretary of State John Kerry, President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized the need for Israel to stop its incursions into West Bank Palestinian cities, towns and villages and to release the bodies of Palestinians suspected of carrying out shooting or stabbing attacks.

Moreover, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that the Israeli cabinet has approved a plan to allocate an area at the Al-Buraq Wall, known to Jews as the Western Wall, southwest of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, for egalitarian Jewish prayer.

Al-Quds added in this regard that a sum of $10 million was allocated for the implementation of the plan.

They added that the Israeli cabinet’s move was slammed by Palestinians as an assault against Islamic religious endowments.

Highlighting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ bid to convene an international peace conference in order to break the deadlocked Middle East peace process, al-Quds reported that the Palestinian cabinet has welcomed the French bid.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the French bid on the Palestinian state.

Furthermore, the dailies highlighted the critical health condition of hunger striking Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, journalist Mohammad al-Qiq. Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that al-Qiq has lost his ability to speak and hear and may slip into a coma.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported in this regard that al-Qiq is fighting for his life.