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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (March 19, 2020)
Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (March 19, 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:

With the Israeli government enacting a series of emergency measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing growing accusations that he is exploiting the crisis to entrench himself in power and undermining the country's democratic foundations. Further details

 

“Israel” announced Wednesday, it has banned entry for non-citizens unless they hold residency and can prove the center of their lives is in the country, according to a statement from the Population and Immigration Authority. Further details

 

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon announced Wednesday he estimates that the government will announce a mass national closure, in the coming days to fight the spread of coronavirus and that his city is prepared for such an eventuality. Further details

 

Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank surged ahead in 2019, a watchdog group said in a report Tuesday, maintaining a rapid pace that has drawn strength from the friendly policies of the Trump administration. Further details

 

“Dear world, how is the lockdown? Gaza.” A sly dig at the international community, this is just one among a torrent of social media posts that has emerged from the blockaded Gaza Strip in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Further details

 

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel have jumped by more than 40% to 433 in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Wednesday, predicting a steeper rise as mass testing is implemented. Further details

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that Middle East states needed urgently to offer more information about coronavirus cases to help bolster the fight against the disease across the region. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post

If the Israeli public does not listen to the guidelines issued by the authorities to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus, a nationwide lockdown will be enforced, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday night in an interview on Channel 12. Further details

 

“Israel” and the Palestinian Authority have set up a joint operations room to combat the coronavirus pandemic, PA government spokesman Ibrahim Milhem revealed. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Arab sector of "Israel" on Wednesday night of “insufficient adherence” to the guidelines set forth by the Health Ministry to stop the spread of the potentially lethal coronavirus. Further details

 

The International Criminal Court’s decision about whether to authorize a full criminal probe of Israelis for war crimes will likely be delayed by at least a month after the building in The Hague, Netherlands, closed on Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. Further details

 

Likud politicians have filed a private member’s bill that would apply immediate sovereignty to all West Bank settlements. Further details

 

Likud and Blue and White negotiating teams intend to meet as much as possible over the next few days in order to finalize a coalition deal by Monday, sources in the parties said Wednesday night. Further details

 

The coronavirus is a Zionist plot spread by Jews to decrease the world population, some members of Turkey's press and public have said, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute. 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

 

Almost two-thirds of Israelis (63%) think that “Israel” should aid the Palestinians during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a study published by the Truman Institute for Peace at the Hebrew University. Further details

 

The number of Israelis with coronavirus jumped Thursday morning to 529, according to the Health Ministry. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

The number of Israelis diagnosed with coronavirus rose to 529 Thursday morning, a spike of 96 new cases from a day earlier, the Health Ministry said. Further details

 

Construction starts in Israeli settlements dipped slightly in 2019 while the number of homes advanced through initial planning stages soared, according to a report released by a government watchdog on Wednesday. Further details

 

“Israel” and the Palestinian Authority have stepped up coordination over the past few weeks to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday. Further details

 

“Israel” closed off Palestinian-administered areas of the West Bank on Wednesday to limit the spread of the coronavirus, an official said. Further details

 

The Palestinian Authority’s Bethlehem governor, Kamel Hamid, on Tuesday ordered security forces to tell residents of the neighboring village of Beit Sahour to not enter public spaces, the official PA news site Wafa reported, after three people there tested positive for the coronavirus. Further details

 

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced on Tuesday that movement between “Israel” and the West Bank would be cut off in three days amid coronavirus fears, the official PA news site Wafa reported. 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

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