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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (March 17, 2020)
Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (March 17, 2020)
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Alray International Media Watch section is a daily press tour through selected international websites and newspapers, particularly the Israeli ones.

This section is prepared by Alray Palestinian Media Agency to update its viewers with the most Palestinian top news in the international press.

Yedioth Ahronoth:

Another six people have tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total number of infected in Israel to 304, health authorities reported on Tuesday. Four people still remain in serious condition. Further details


Israel swore in its newly elected parliament on Monday under stringent restrictions because of the coronavirus outbreak in a surreal ceremony reflecting the country's unprecedented dual crisis in politics and public health. Further details


Israeli security services on Sunday revealed that Hamas had recruited an Israeli civilian who served as an agent for the “terrorist” organization. Further details


A group of unknown perpetrators vandalized at least 15 vehicles on Sunday in the West Bank village of Huwara in what appears to be a 'price tag' hate crime. Further details


The predominantly Arab Joint List party on Sunday named Blue & White leader Benny Gantz as its choice to form the next government. Further details


The Palestinian Authority suspended prayers in mosques and churches in the West Bank on Saturday to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, and Gaza's Hamas rulers said all the enclave's border crossings would be shut for travel. Further details


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Thursday for Benny Gantz's centrist Blue & White party to join an emergency government to confront a growing crisis over the coronavirus, offering a potential way out of the deadlock that has paralyzed the political system for the past year. Further details


A senior World Health Organization official said Thursday the coronavirus pandemic “will get worse before it gets better.” Further details


Labor-Gesher-Meretz MK Orly Levy said on Tuesday that she would refuse to sit in a minority center-left government, backed by the predominately-Arab Joint List. Further details


The Jerusalem Post:

The number of Israelis infected by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, rose Tuesday morning by six people to 304, according to the Health Ministry. Further details


Negotiations between Likud and Blue and White on a national-unity government began in earnest on Monday with a secret meeting that raised optimism an agreement between the two sides could be reached to end the political stalemate. Further details


Palestinian women journalists based in the West Bank have played leading roles in covering the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. Further details


The Palestinians on Monday submitted their observations to the International Criminal Court regarding the ICC prosecutor’s request for a determination on the scope of its jurisdiction in the “State of Palestine.” Further details


Fourteen parties including countries, NGOs and leading jurists filed legal briefs by press time on Monday for both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides of the war-crimes contest currently before the International Criminal Court. Further details


The “IDF” does not know how many weapons Israel has authorized the Palestinian Authority to possess under the Oslo Accords, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Further details


The High Court of Justice late Monday night rejected a petition to block Benjamin Netanyahu from eligibility to form a new government in light of the bribery indictment he faces. Further details


A Christian high school in the Israeli-Arab city of Shfar'am held a "Heritage Day for the Palestinian People" this week which denied Israel's right to exist, the newspaper Makor Rishon has reported. Further details


Palestinians in West Bank cities, like many across the world living in the shadow of the COVID-19 virus, purchased large quantities of food and antiseptic products over the weekend, as people stockpiled supplies, anticipating that the Palestinian Authority’s emergency rules may expand to the closure of stores and shopping centers. Further details


Hamas must seize the opportunity of the outbreak of the coronavirus to show mercy towards Israel and reach a long-term truce with Israel, a Palestinian political analyst and university lecturer in the Gaza Strip said over the weekend. Further details


With the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, concern is growing in Israel over an outbreak in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Further details


“Israel” registered an official protest with Moscow on Thursday after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Palestinian Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ziyad al-Nakhalah. Further details


The Times of Israel:

The Health Ministry reported six more confirmed cases of the new coronoavirus overnight Monday, bringing the country’s total to 304. Further details


“Israel” on Tuesday tightened restrictions on Palestinians entering the country for work, as the country largely shuttered its economy in an attempt to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. Further details


A plague of locusts the likes of which have been unseen for over 30 years is about to hit Africa and the Middle East. Further details


As the 23rd Knesset was being sworn in Monday, Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party filed their first bills, aimed at ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Further details


More than 60 Democrats in the US House of Representatives want the Trump administration to ensure that Israel is using military equipment in compliance with US law, and to press Israel not to use the equipment to demolish Palestinian homes. Further details


Palestinian Authority Tulkarem Governor Isam Abu Bakr called on Tulkarem residents to stay in their homes for 24 hours on Monday after Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh announced that a second person from the city tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Further details


Muslim authorities announced Sunday that the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the “Temple Mount” in Jerusalem, the third-holiest site in Islam, would be closed indefinitely due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak, with prayers continuing to be held on the sprawling esplanade outside. Further details


Police on Sunday opened an investigation into an apparent hate crime in the northern West Bank Palestinian village of Hawara, where a group of masked, hooded suspects were filmed entering a parking lot and vandalizing at least 15 vehicles. Further details


The Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip announced on Saturday that the Rafah pedestrian crossing would be shut to travelers in both directions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the densely populated coastal enclave. Further details


Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz, who was tasked Monday with forming a coalition, spoke with the leader of the Joint List alliance of Arab-majority parties, telling him that he wants to establish a government that will serve all of the country’s citizens. Further details