Newspapers Review: Daily Highlights Rise in Israeli Attacks

RAMALLAH, October 2, 2013 (WAFA) – Al-Quds Arabic daily highlighted on its Wednesday front page rise in attacks by Israelis against Palestinians and their property in Jerusalem and the West Bank. It printed a picture of car set on fire by Israeli settlers in the Nablus area village of Burin.

Al-Ayyam, which also highlighted on its front page the Israeli attacks and printed the same picture that appeared in al-Quds, decided however to make its main front page story on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement in New York, mainly his demand that the Palestinians should recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also highlighted Netanyahu’s statements in New York, but its main front page stories focused on local issues. The paper reported on the government decision regarding the tawjihi high school matriculation exam and the fact that price of eggs is too high for the poor people to afford.

Al-Ayyam printed a story which said that Palestinians have turned the hundreds of tear gas canisters the Israeli army fires at them all the time into pots to plant flowers in.

It said in another story that the Israeli antiquities authority informed Khaled Zir, the Silwan, East Jerusalem, resident who moved with his wife and five children into a nearby cave to live in after the West Jerusalem municipality demolished his home under the pretext it was built without a permit, that he cannot make any repairs inside the cave.

Al-Ayyam also said thousands of Arabs inside Israel marked the 13th anniversary of the Israeli police killing of 13 people during protests in support of the second intifada in marches and protests in several Arab towns in Israel.

It also said that for the first time, Saudi Arabia sentences a local to 20 years in prison for financing Hamas.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said families in Surif, northwest of Hebron, closed a local school because there is no English teacher. The families said they will close all schools in the town if this issue is not resolved.

It said in another story that a controversial religious fatwa (decree) by the Higher Fatwa Council says that it is okay that men and women communicate through the internet if their purpose is to get married.

It also reported that a female beggar was arrested in Nablus for meddling with men, mainly older ones, with a purpose to rob them.