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Newspapers Review: Israeli crackdown in West Bank, settlers allowed to herd in Masafer Yatta focus of dailies

Newspapers Review: Israeli crackdown in West Bank, settlers allowed to herd in Masafer Yatta focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Saturday, June 3, 2023 (WAFA) – The Israeli army crackdown on the weekly Friday protests in the occupied West Bank, causing several cases of injuries, as well as Israel allowing settlers to herd in Masafer Yatta after expelling its Palestinian residents were highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today.

Al-Ayyam, al-Hayat al-Jadida, and al-Quds dailies said dozens of Palestinians were injured in the army crackdown on the weekly protests in Kufr Qaddoum and Beit Dajan in the north of the West Bank, while settlers broke into Jericho and Qaryout.

Al-Quds daily said in its main front-page story that after the Israeli High Court ordered the expulsion of the Palestinian residents of Masafer Yatta under the pretext of the area being declared as a firing zone, six Jewish settlement outposts will be established on their location. It said, based on a report in the Israeli daily Haaretz, that the military government has allowed settlers to build farming outposts and to herd in the same area that was declared as a firing zone.

The same daily also said that with the return of the settlers to the evacuated Homesh settlement in the north of the West Bank, Palestinians who own land in its vicinity have been banned by the Israeli military from making use of their lands.

It said that as 50,000 people attended the Friday worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, Israeli police detained 13 people and removed by force the hijab, the headcover, of a young religious woman.

It also reported on the conference in New York to collect donations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees and said Washington contributed more than $153 million while the United Nations chief Guterres warned of its collapse.

Al-Ayyam quoted the Israeli daily, Maariv, saying that the Israeli military is planning to expand its operations in the West Bank and that there are concerns about an escalation in the Gaza Strip.

It said the Sub Laban family in Jerusalem’s Old City is on the verge of being expelled from its house for the benefit of Jewish settlers as 150 other Palestinian families live under similar threats.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Palestine raised the status of its representative office in Mexico to embassy.


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