The British media widely note yesterday’s graffiti incident at Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial. The Independent has a full report on the incident, with the Times and Telegraph covering it briefly on their pages and in more detail online.
Developments relating to Syria continue to be widely reported. The Independent reports on the reluctance of British army officers to intervene in Syria, in spite of Hague’s recent comments that no option has been ruled out. The Evening Standard reported yesterday on Israeli concerns that Syrian chemical weapons stocks may fall into the hands of terrorists as the country falls into chaos. The media also widely covers online the speech to the House of Commons by William Hague, in which he said that if the current diplomatic track to resolve the Syrian crisis failed, all options were on the table to deal with the situation. The Telegraph online also covers US fears of another massacre planned by the Syrian regime, whilst BBC Online focuses on accusations of children being used as human shields. The Guardian also covers online the leg injury to Benjamin Netanyahu suffered playing football with Jewish and Arab children.
The Israel media widely reports on yesterday’s shocking graffiti attack in Yad Vashem, the Israeli national Holocaust memorial museum, with several papers carrying prominent pictures, and reporting that police suspect marginal ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremists to be the perpetrators.
Israeli broadcast media is also following closely the visit of Israeli president Shimon Peres to Washington. Peres met with US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta yesterday, and will receive the Medal of Freedom from President Obama. There is widespread reporting on the roundup of illegal immigrants from South Sudan, who are scheduled to be repatriated following a court ruling that it is legal to return them to their country of origin. Maariv reports on the latest arrests of South Sudanese in the southern resort town of Eilat and the increasing numbers turning themselves in for voluntary repatriation. Yediot Ahronot has two contrasting opinion pieces on the issue, one arguing that this week’s roundup is a hysterical overreaction, the other arguing that it is a necessary step. The Jerusalem Post has a front-page article focusing on the challenging situation facing those slated for deportation.
Ynetnews reports on a planned visit to Egypt by Israeli Knesset members to meet with their Egyptian counterparts. Haaretz reports on the accelerated construction of a refugee detention centre, and notes covers online the statement from the office of EU foreign police representative Catherine Ashton that states that Iran will engage with the issues put on the table by the P5+1. The outlet also reports on a freedom of information request showing numbers of Palestinians who have lost residency rights in Gaza and the West Bank since 1967 due to absence of over seven years or failing to participate in a census.