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Newspapers review: Settlers’ large-scale intrusion into Al-Aqsa focus of dailies


RAMALLAH, Tuesday, October 01, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers’ large-scale intrusion into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the guise of marking the New Jewish Year dominated the front page headlines in Tuesday’s issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

Al-Quds reported that 125 Israeli settlers and intelligence officers forced their way into the mosque compound, while al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said that scores of settlers conducted a large-scale intrusion into the mosque compound.

Al-Quds reported Chairman of the Jerusalem Affairs Department Adnan Husseini urging the Arab and Islamic nations to take “an exceptional position” to confront such an escalation.

The dailies also reported that Israeli police sealed off several roads in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

According to al-Quds and al-Ayyam, several Palestinians were injured from Israeli gunfire during military raids into Qaryut village, southeast of Nablus, and al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

On the other hand, al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted Deputy Prime Minister Nabil Abu Rudeineh’s attendance of former French President Jacques Chirac in Paris.

Al-Quds said that the Higher Arab Follow-up Committee calls on Palestinian citizens in Israel to en masse commemorate the 19th anniversary of October events, dubbed the Jerusalem Uprising, in the northern Israeli town of Kafr Kanna.

The October events resulted in the killing of 13 Palestinians by Israeli police.

It reported that the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman hinted that rolling out the US-touted Mideast plan, dubbed deal of the century, would be postponed once again.

He was also reported stating that Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley “is not incompatible” with the so-called deal of the century.

It highlighted a US Senate’s bill to double the US financial support to the Palestinian security services and reinstate outreach programs.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted the case of Samer Arbid, 44, who has been hospitalized in critical condition after undergoing interrogation with the Israeli internal security service for the alleged killing of an Israeli teen in August.

Al-Ayyam elaborated that the Arab Joint List party called on the Israeli attorney general to open an investigation into the torture of Arbid.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported the Israeli military confirming that it turned Arbid over, safe and sound, to the Israeli internal security service.

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh was reported in al-Ayyam urging the Palestinian people to preserve what he described as “out national accomplishments”, citing some attempts “to get the situation back to the way it was before the Oslo Accords”.

He was also reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida expressing the government’s readiness to hold general elections once a presidential decree is issued to this effect.

According to al-Ayyam, Israeli occupation authorities are stepping up the construction of a giant 60-kilometer-long wall around the Gaza Strip.

It printed an opinion piece or analysis titled The Hamas-led security forces and the “deviant currents”: A new stage.

Highlighting the cabinet’s weekly session, al-Hayat al-Jadida said that the cabinet has approved the composition of the ministerial delegation to be dispatched to Egypt and ratified several international conventions.

Finally, al-Hayat al-Jadida printed a piece commemorating the 19th anniversary of the killing of 11-year-old Muhammad al-Durrah in the Gaza Strip on September 30, 2000.


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