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Newspaper Review: Large-Scale West Bank Closure, Hebron Town Blockade Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, June 11, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli large-scale closure of the West Bank and Gaza and blockading the Hebron town of Yatta following Tel Aviv deadly shooting that left four Israelis dead hit the front page headlines in the dailies.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli forces continued to impose a tightened blockade on Yatta town. Al-Ayyam said that Israeli forces conducted large-scale detention and ransacking raids in the Hebron town.

It also said that Israel imposed a large-scale closure on the West Bank and Gaza, banning Palestinians’ entry into Israel until Monday midnight.

International condemnations of Israeli punitive measures following Tel Aviv deadly shooting also hit the front page headlines in the dailies.

The dailies reported that France warned about the consequences of escalation following new Israeli restrictions on Palestinians.  

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein slamming Israeli punitive measures, namely the cancellation of all permits granted to Palestinians to travel during Ramadan, as “mounting to collective punishment” against Palestinians.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani as stating Israeli measures: “will only increase the sense of injustice and frustration felt by Palestinians.”

Al-Ayyam added in this regard Israel slammed the above remarks made by al-Hussein as intended to “defend terrorists”.

Also with connection to the Tel Aviv deadly shooting, al-Quds reported Tel Aviv’s mayor Ron Huldai blaming the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza) for the attack.

Highlighting Israeli settlement construction plans in its main front page news item, al-Quds said Israel approved two settlement construction plans in Jerusalem, disregarding international opposition to settlement construction.

It also reported violent clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces as the latter raided the Jerusalem town of Abu Dis.

The three dailies said two Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces at the Awarta checkpoint, east of Nablus, and near Jerusalem.

They explained that one, reportedly mentally disabled, was shot and injured following an alleged stabbing attempt near the Nablus town checkpoint of Awarta, while the other was shot after he attempted to enter Jerusalem, seeking to pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Highlighting Palestinians entry into Jerusalem on the first Friday of Islam’s fasting month of Ramadan, the three dailies said 100,000 Palestinians attended the Friday prayers in the mosque compound.

Finally, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Jewish extremists set fire to two vehicles  and scrawled racist, offensive anti-Arab phrases on trucks in the northern Israeli town of Yaffat al-Nasra.



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