Military raid in Ramallah, New ‘Apartheid Road’ focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Friday, The Israeli military raid into the West Bank city of Ramallah and the new ‘Apartheid Wall’, that separates parts of East and West Jerusalem, hit the front page headlines in Palestinian Arabic dailies on Friday.

The dailies reported that scores of Palestinians suffocated from tear gas fired by Israeli forces who raided Ramallah for the fifth consecutive day.

The dailies also reported that Israeli occupation authorities have opened the ‘Apartheid Road’ in Jerusalem.

The road, known to Israelis as Route 4370, is divided in the middle by a high wall. One side for the Palestinians and the other side for illegal Israeli settlers.

Al-Quds reported Palestinian cartographer Khalil al-Tafakji warning that opening the new road serves as a prelude to displacing Palestinians from the area and starting settlement construction in the so-called E1 corridor.

Al-Ayyam explained that the new road is 3.5 km long and the wall dividing it is 8 meters high.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry slamming opening the road as a move emphasizing Israel’s approach aiming to undermine prospects for geographical and demographic contiguity of the West Bank.

Additionally, al-Quds said that President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to assume the chairmanship of the Group 77 developing countries and China for the year 2019 on Tuesday.

Furthermore, al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted the visit of a senior Egyptian security delegation to Gaza.

Al-Quds reported well-informed sources saying that the Egyptian security delegation has informed Hamas that Rafah border crossing would be opened soon.

Al-Ayyam said in this regard that the delegation discussed with Hamas handing the full responsibility for Rafah border crossing to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in order to reopen it.

Besides, al-Quds reported Hamas official Musa Abu Marzuk announcing that Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh’s visit to Moscow, originally scheduled on January 15, has been postponed.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Palestinian ambassador to Moscow Abdel-Hafiz Nofal stating that Russia has postponed the Haniyeh’s visit indefinitely.

Moreover, the dailies reported that Israeli occupation authorities have authorized a plan to seize 139 dunums (34 acres) of Palestinian land from Deir Dibwan village, east of Ramallah, for settlement construction.

They also reported that an Israeli court has released to house arrest four Israeli Jewish settlers suspected of killing Palestinian mother of seven Aisha Rabi in October 2018.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said that the move signals official Israeli sponsorship of settlers’ terrorism against Palestinians.

According to al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida, Israeli settlers uprooted over 30 saplings planted by Palestinian farmers in Tarqumiya town, west of Hebron.

Spotlighting detention raids, al-Ayyam said that Israeli military detained 17 Palestinians during multiple overnight raids across the West Bank. According to al-Hayat al-Jadida, detainees totled 16.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added that Israeli naval forces detained two Gaza fishermen.

It also reported that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has moved Sami Abu Dayak, a Palestinian prisoner suffering from cancer, from al-Ramla prison to the hospital following his health deterioration.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency