Newspapers review: Postponing vote on “Legalization bill”, funeral of slain Palestinian

RAMALLAH, February 6, 2017 (WAFA) – The postponement of the final vote on the so-called Legalization bill and the funeral procession of a Palestinian killed by Israeli forces on January 25 hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has requested that a final vote on the so-called Legalization bill be postponed.

Al-Quds explained Netanyahu requested the vote, initially scheduled for Monday, be postponed in order to make further consultations with US President Donald Trump administration.

The bill, also known as the regularization or formalization bill, would see thousands of dunums of privately owned Palestinian land seized and dozens of illegal settlement outposts across the West Bank retroactively recognized by the Israeli government. The bill would pave the way for Israel’s annexation of the majority of the West Bank.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said that the bill which would ban the use of loudspeakers for the Muslim call to prayer failed to produce a majority of votes in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

While al-Quds covered the vote postponement, al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to highlight the funeral procession of a Palestinian killed by Israeli forces on January 25 in its main news article.

It said Palestinians attended the funeral procession of Hussein Abu Ghush as Israeli occupation forces and settlers’ attacks against Palestinians across the West Bank continued unabated.

Abu Gush, 24, was held to his rest a day after his body was released by Israeli authorities after being withheld for 11 days.

He was killed by Israeli forces after he allegedly attempted a car-ramming attack at a bus-stop near Mikhmas town and the Israeli settlement of Kochav Yaakov, southeast of Ramallah, on January 25. No Israelis were injured in the alleged attack.

On the other hand, al-Ayyam reported in its main front page news item that a US federal appeals court rejected a request ]by the US Department of Justice[ to immediately reinstate Trump’s travel ban.

It described the rejection of the request as a “blow” to Trump.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet his French counterpart François Hollande in Paris in order to discuss the outcomes of the international peace conference.

Both dailies said Israeli settlers leveled Palestinian land belonging to Bruqin village, west of Salfit, in order to expand the nearby settlement of Burchin.

They also reported the Israeli High Court of Justice decided to postpone the demolition of nine settler units in Ofra settlement near Ramallah in the central West Bank.

Al-Quds reported Israeli human rights group B’Tselem as stating an Israeli soldier shot and killed a Palestinian despite that he posed no threat to the Israeli military.

The slain Palestinian was identified as Ahmad Kharubi, 19, who was killed on December 22, 2016.

Al-Ayyam said local municipal elections, scheduled on May 13, are at stake as the Hamas movement won’t allow them.

The dailies said a Palestinian succumbed to wounds he sustained a day earlier in accidental explosion in the northern Gaza Strip.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and another senior Israeli official, reportedly identified as Israel’s acting National Security Advisor Jacob Nagel, made a covertly met with Trump’s national security aides in Washington, DC.