Killing Palestinian near Jenin focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, The killing of a Palestinian by Israeli soldiers’ gunfire near the northern West Bank city of Jenin dominated the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The dailies reported that Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian and injured another near al-Jalama checkpoint in the northern West Bank.

The slain Palestinian is identified as Abdullah Faisal Tawalbeh, 19, while the wounded is identified as Omar Abu Hananeh.

Contrary to Israeli military claims that Tawalbeh and Abu Hananeh hurled an explosive device in the vicinity of the checkpoint, WAFA reported witnesses saying that the two youths were on a motorcycle when the soldiers opened fire at them for no apparent reason.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayay al-Jadida reported Fatah officials casting doubt over the Israeli version of events and saying that Israeli forces are committing extrajudicial executions of Palestinians.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that Ahmad Abu Jabal was laid to his rest in the Gaza city neighborhood of Shuja’iyya.

Abu Jabal, 30, succumbed to his critical wounds after being hit with Israeli military gunshot that hit his chest on last Tuesday during the maritime rally in the northern besieged coastal enclave.

They added that Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen is scheduled to visit Palestine today and meet with President Mahmoud Abbas.

According to al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida, Israeli settlers spray-painted racist slogans on a mosque in Deir Dibwan village, east of Ramallah.

Additionally, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that Israeli occupation authorities have decided to demolish the family house of Assem Barghouthi in Abu Shkheidim village, northwest of Ramallah.

Assem Barghouthi is currently detained by Israel for being suspected of carrying out an attack, killing two Israeli soldiers on December 13, one day after his brother, Saleh, was reportedly shot and killed by Israeli forces north of Ramallah.

According to al-Hayat al-Jadida, Israeli occupation authorities delivered a demolition notice for the family house of Saleh Barghouthi in Abu Shkheidim.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah stating that the government was opening the way for intensive consultations to form a new government that would pressure towards ending the intra-Palestinian division.

Hamdallah made his comments as he inaugurated a sewage project, a water reservoir project and an internal water distribution network in a number of Jenin-district towns.

According to al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida, Israeli police chief lead a settlers’ intrusion into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The dailies highlighted Israeli occupation authorities’ decision to deduct the stipends paid to Palestinian prisoners from the Palestinian tax revenues.

Yet, al-Quds said that the Israeli municipality of Tiberias starts to appropriate the mosque located at the lake’s shore as a museum.

Again, al-Ayyam reported that Chairman of the Central Elections Commission (CEC) Hanna Nasser briefed representatives of political parties and factions about the CEC’s preparedness to hold elections.

It also reported Palestinian ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal announcing that the meeting of Palestinian factions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was rescheduled from February 13 to February 12.

Regionally, al-Quds and al-Ayyam spotlighted Pope Francis visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Al-Quds said Francis calls for true religious freedom and end of wars in the Middle East, while al-Ayyam reported him calling for protecting religious freedom and pushing for the same right of citizenship in the region.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency