Newspapers Review: Israeli Army Kills Three Palestinians

RAMALLAH, November 27, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli army killing of three Palestinians in Yatta, south of Hebron, was the main story in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Wednesday.

The papers gave extensive coverage for the attack, with al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida referring to it as “assassination.”

The two papers also highlighted a report by the French news agency AFP about the village of Zanouta in the south of the West Bank which the Israeli military wants to demolish and displace 27 Palestinian families who live there. The Israeli Supreme Court is supposed to discuss the military ruling against the Palestinian village on Wednesday.

Al-Quds printed a picture of Palestinians demonstrating at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing between Gaza and Israel against the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip imposed in 2006.

It said the Israeli Prison Service has punished Palestinian prisoners in Ashkelon prison in the south of Israel because of their one-day hunger strike.

It also said the army declared an area between Izzariyeh and Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, a closed military zone after youths were able to open a hole in the segregation wall separating their neighborhoods from East Jerusalem.

A report printed on the front page in al-Quds talked about the daily confrontations between Christian clergy and Jewish youth in the Mount Zion area in East Jerusalem. It said Jews spit on the priests and write anti-Christian graffiti on the walls.

The paper also printed a story that said the Israeli authorities are using zoning and planning committees to expand illegal Jewish settlements and block Palestinian town growth.

It quoted in another story the head of the European Union’s border assistance mission saying they are ready to resume their work at Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt once the Palestinians and Israel ask them to return.

Al-Ayyam reported on the visit for Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to Qatar and said the Emir of Qatar promised to increase support for the Palestinian people and allow Palestinians to enter Qatar for employment.

It said Israeli soldiers manning an observation tower on the borders with Gaza opened fire at a Palestinian on the Gaza side of the border injuring him in the leg.

It said the Palestinian documentary Five Broken Cameras, nominated for an Oscar, won an Emmy award.

It also said that for the first time in history, Palestinian Arab Idol winner Mohammad Assaf sang for Palestine and resistance at the United Nations and Israel was mad.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the UN voted in favor of five pro-Palestine resolutions.