“Voice of Palestine”, the official Palestinian Authority Radio News Station, broke into its regular programming (10 a.m.) to announce that Israeli troops and Jewish extremists were invading Islamic holy places on the Temple Mount.
Later on, Palestinian television opened its afternoon news broadcast with a report showing PA Prime Minister Ahmad Qreia (Abu ‘Ala) accusing Israel of invading the Temple Mount, during a PA cabinet meeting.
“Prime Minister Ahmad Qreia asserted that the attempt by Israel to invade Jerusalem [Arabic: beit al-maqdas] was fraught with danger,” announced Muhammad Yassin, the senior PBC anchorman.
Qreia was quoted as saying that Israel was escalating plans to Judaize Jerusalem, and he cited the destruction of “hundreds of homes” in the Silwan neighborhood.
“Every month there is another attempt to invade the Al-Aqsa mosque,” asserted Prime Minister Qreia, wagging his finger.
Throughout the afternoon hours of the day, V.O.P. radio continued to broadcast that the Al-Aqsa shrine area (meaning both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa) was being invaded by Israeli soldiers and Jewish extremists.
Palestinian rock-throwers injured several Jewish visitors and policemen during several hours of clashes.
Meanwhile, Palestinian television continued to promote continuing demonstrations against Israeli fence-building operations.
From official Palestinian Authority newspapers:
“JERUSALEM PERSONALITIES CALL FOR THE DEFENSE OF AL-AQSA AGAINST THE INVASION OF JEWISH EXTREMISTS.” This was the main headline in Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda. The paper also featured a front-page picture of man in a field protesting what was said to have been Israeli bulldozing of his olive trees near the village of Marda near Nablus. In a separate article, 30 people were reported to have been wounded in demonstrations against Israeli fence-building in Salfit and other areas.
Meanwhile, Al-Quds led with a picture of an Israeli soldier, sitting near a Palestinian detained in the Hebron area, sticking his tongue out at the camera.
Al-Quds also features a picture of a bedraggled Saddam Hussein atop an article saying the former Iraqi leader will face 12 charges at his coming trial.
This newspaper also featured a story that, in 1967, Ariel Sharon threatened to execute a coup d’etat against the Israeli government, unless it decided to go to war.
Report compiled by Michael Widlanski Associates. Commissioned by the Center for Near East Policy Research. [Permission to quote or reprint from article conditional on citing Michael Widlanski or Michael Widlanski Associates.]
Dr. Michael Widlanski is a specialist in Arab politics and communication whose doctorate dealt with the Palestinian broadcast media. He is a former reporter, correspondent and editor, respectively, at The New York Times, The Cox Newspapers-Atlanta Constitution, and The Jerusalem Post