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Newspapers Review: Situation at the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, Israeli obstructions focus of dailies

Newspapers Review: Situation at the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, Israeli obstructions focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (WAFA) – Developments at the Ibrahimi mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron as well as Israeli obstructions in the investigation of the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as well as refusing to allow a European Parliament delegation from entering the occupied territories were highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida made the Ibrahimi mosque topic their main front-page story and said that the Israeli occupation started to take down parts of the stairs of the mosque and at the same time attacked a protest march against the Israeli changes in the mosque.

The third daily, al-Quds, said in its main front-page story that as the Palestinian Authority submits the file of the Israeli murder of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to the International Criminal Court, Israel is obstructing the investigation into her murder and blocked a visit by a European Parliament delegation to Palestine forcing the cancelation of the visit.

The three papers also reported on the Israeli demolitions, detentions, and attacks in the occupied territories that left two people injured.

Al-Quds said the Israeli army claims that 21-year-old Raed al-Sharif has not died from a rubber bullet when Israeli police attacked Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque last month but that he died of a heart attack. Sharif died in hospital three weeks after he was critically injured by a rubber bullet that hit him in the head.

It also said that Muslim religious leaders said they do not recognize any Israeli court ruling regarding Al-Aqsa Mosque. It said the Israeli police has appealed against the Magistrate’s Court decision allowing Jews to hold religious rituals inside the Muslim holy place.

It also said that the Israeli security forces are getting ready to safeguard the provocative so-called “flags march” in Jerusalem’s old city planned by extremist Israelis for Sunday.

The paper also reported on a story in the New York Times that said Israel was getting ready to launch the biggest operation to displace Palestinians in decades.

Al-Ayyam daily said Palestinian students at Ben Gurion University in the Naqab have marked Nakba Day with a rally on campus during which Palestinian flags were raised.

It also said, based on a story in the Israeli daily Haaretz, that only one criminal case was opened against the Israeli army in the latest military attack on Gaza.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said hunger striker Palestinian administrative detainee, Khalil Awawdeh, was quickly taken to hospital following a serious deterioration in his health after 82 days of fast in protest against his detention without charge or trial.

The paper also reported on the meetings of Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in Davos where he is attending the World Economic Forum.

It said in a report that while Israelis publish incitement posts on social media once every 70 seconds, the Palestinian content is constantly attacked and banned.

It said that graduates at Georgetown University in Washington have raised the Palestinian flag and pictures of Shireen Abu Akleh in the ceremony attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken while one graduate even refused to shake his hand in protest against the US blind support for Israel against the Palestinians.


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