Newspapers review: Israeli police assault in Jerusalem focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Israeli police assault on Palestinian Christians taking part in the Palm Sunday procession in East Jerusalem hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies on Monday.

The dailies report that scout groups marched in the Old City of Jerusalem as Christians celebrated Palm Sunday.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam printed a photo showing Israeli police confiscating a large Palestinian flag from Palestinian Christians taking part in the procession on the Mount of Olives amid pushing and shoving.

Al-Ayyam added that Israeli police detained two Palestinian Christians for waving flags of Palestine. According to the dailies, the Palestinian government condemned police assault on Palestinian Christians.

On the other hand, al-Quds opted to report that US President Donald Trump has signed a law that would cut US funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA) for refusing to stop paying allowances to Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails and those slain by Israeli forces.

Al-Ayyam reported Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudenieh warning that the US Congress was haring the US and region’s interests.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Israeli occupation authorities approved a plan to expand a settlement established on Palestinian lands belonging to the Hebron-district city of Dura.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida explained that the plan involve the seizure of 291 dunums of Palestinian land to build 102 new settler units.

They added that Israeli forces prevented Palestinian farmers from plowing their lands, west of Nablus.

Al-Quds highlighted an Israeli plan to build a railway network that would seize Palestinian lands from the northern West Bank districts of Salfit and Qalqilia.

The railway would reportedly connect the Israeli cities of Petah Tekva and ‘Ras al-Ayn’ with Ariel settlement.

Highlighting the annual report of Peace Now group, al-Ayyam said that the Israeli government started the construction of 2,783 new settler units in the West Bank in 2017.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as the so-called Temple Mount organizations held the festival of the Passover Offerings in the Umayyad palaces area, adjacent to the walls of mosque compound.

Moreover, al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Israeli military was placed on high alert in the West Bank and around the besieged Gaza Strip.

Al-Quds said that Israeli forces raided Bethlehem city and attacked a school with tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets in Burin village, southwest of Nablus.

Al-Quds also reported that Jordan’s King Abdullah II called for re-launching Palestinian-Israeli negotiations to achieve the two-state solution.

Abdullah reportedly made his comments during a meeting with a delegation from the US House of Representatives, head by Nancy Pelosi, head of the Democratic Party’s Bloc.

According to al-Ayyam, Israeli warplanes bombed with three missiles a location for Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, northwest of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

It added Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, launched massive military exercises in Gaza.

Source:Palestine News & Info Agency