The Gaza Post | The News of Palestine – Jerusalem
Palestinian dailies on Friday focused on the restriction of Muslims’ access to East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The dailies said Israeli occupation authorities allowed dozens of Jewish settlers led by Israeli police commander Yoram Levy to storm the mosque compound, while they denied Muslim worshippers access to it.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported President’s Advisor for Religious & Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash warning Israeli occupation authorities were “beating the drums of religious war”.
The dailies also reported Palestinians laid to rest 23-year-old Iyad Ghaith, who was killed by Israeli forces during a night raid into the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Al-Ayyam said Israeli forces raided the Bethlehem-district refugee camp of Duheisha and Ramallah-district village of Bilin, triggering clashes and causing dozens of Palestinians to suffocate.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida added forces raided the Hebron-district town of Beit Ummar and Ramallah-district village of Bilin, shooting and injuring three Palestinians.
Furthermore, al-Quds reported the Palestinian Higher Presidential Committee for Church Affairs slamming the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem for selling out hundreds of dunums of land to an Israeli firm.
Quoting Israeli media reports, al-Quds said the Israeli settlement of Efrath in Bethlehem district has built public facilities on privately-owned Palestinian lands.
It added the so-called Israeli Civil Administration has taken action against a waste disposal site and charcoal producers in B Area, the territory under Palestinian Authority’s (PA) control, in violation of the Oslo accords.
The “Civil Administration” is the name Israel gives to the body administering its military occupation of the West Bank.
Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli settlers from the Jewish extremist group Lehava attacked three Palestinians in Jerusalem as Israeli police failed to respond and prevent the attack.
Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov met senior Hamas leaders, including head of political bureau Ismail Haniyeh, to discuss the crippling power crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip.
The dailies also spotlighted the United Nations’ forum marking fifty years of Israeli occupation in New York.
Al-Quds reported Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Executive Committee Saeb Erekat stating during his speech there was no alternative to ending the Israeli occupation and slamming the one-state solution as apartheid.
He was also reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam stating the Palestinian people was exercising its legitimate right to self-defense and slamming the Israeli occupation as the worst form of terrorism.
Al-Ayyam reported UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stating ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine was the only way to achieve regional peace.