Saturday, December 31, 2011

WAFA - Newspapers Review: Palestinian Killed in Israeli Airstrike on Gaza Dominates Dailies

RAMALLAH, December 31, 2011 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies Saturday highlighted the death of a Palestinian in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida’s front page reported on the death of Moumen Abu Daf, apparently a leader in the radical Army of Islam group, in an Israeli airstrike that targeted a group of Palestinians in Juhr al-Dik neighborhood, southeast of Gaza City. Another Palestinian was injured in the strike.

The headline also reported that a group of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian and Israeli activists during a weekly demonstration against settlements in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

The front page featured a picture of a Palestinian resident in Jerusalem raising the Palestinian flag and in the background two settlers raising Israeli flags. Al-Quds, reporting on the same news, printed on its front page a picture of a Jewish settler unleashing his dog at the protesters.

Al-Quds reported that a photojournalist working for al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper was injured along with another three Palestinians and 11 were arrested in the weekly protests against the Apartheid Wall and settlements across the West Bank.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida focused on statements by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman slamming a secret European Union report on the gaps between the Jewish and Arab communities in Israel, and describing it as “anti-Semitic.”

The main headline quoted Lieberman ruling out a solution of the Palestinian cause anytime soon and supporting swapping the predominantly Arab populated areas of the Triangle area in northern Israel to Palestinian territory in the West Bank populated by Jewish settlers.

Israeli reports on a recent Hamas cessation of military operations against Israeli targets following talks between President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal were highlighted in al-Quds daily.

The three papers featured on their front page news on the ongoing violence in Syria stating that the reported number of civilians killed on Friday ranged from 32 to 38.

Al-Quds editorial criticized Hamas practices against Fatah members and its violation of the freedom of the press in the Gaza Strip, which contradicts with the recent reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah.

The paper particularly slammed Hamas decision to prevent any celebrations in the Strip commemorating the 47th anniversary of the start of Fatah military operations against Israel.
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA - Newspapers Review