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PA faces backlash after slashing Gaza salaries

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets recently to decry a Palestinian Authority (PA) decision to slash its employees’ salaries in the Gaza Strip by 30-50%. The move is prompting a meeting that could change the relationship between PA rival political parties Hamas and Fatah — for better or …

What it’s like to use Facebook from inside a Gaza prison

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A number of Palestinian inmates at Gaza Central Prison in western Gaza City were allowed to connect March 21, via Facebook video calls, with family members residing outside the Gaza Strip and with whom they had not been in touch for years. In cooperation with the Gaza …

EU provides €12 million to support families in need in the West Bank and Gaza

JERUSALEM, April 11, 2017 (WAFA) – The European Union (EU) contributed almost €12 million to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) quarterly payment of social allowances to 109,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza, an EU press release said on Tuesday. This contribution amounts to €11.75 million and is …

Will Hamas respond to leader’s assassination?

Ever since unknown gunmen assassinated Hamas military leader Mazen Faqha on March 24, the movement has been threatening to retaliate against Israel, which it accused of being behind the assassination. Threats came from inside and outside of the Palestinian territories, from both political and military leaderships. The Palestinians have been …

How Palestinians plan to overcome electricty shortages

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah recently presented a plan to implement a “new electricity market” in Palestine. Hamdallah said the plan will “improve electricity services to citizens, cut costs and curb reliance on external aid in the energy sector.” Hamdallah officially introduced the plan for the market at a March 22 news …

How Palestinian female inmates are getting a second chance

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The General Directorate for Correction and Rehabilitation Centers, affiliated with the Ministry of Interior and National Security, which is responsible for managing civil prisons, inaugurated the “Glimmer of Hope” exhibition on March 26. For two consecutive days, handmade products made by about 40 female inmates …

Thousands gather in Gaza as protests continue against PA salary cuts

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinian Authority (PA) employees demonstrated in Gaza City on Saturday, as protests continued against a PA decision to impose drastic salary cuts for its Gaza-based employees. The protesters gathered at the al-Saraya square and chanted against the move, and called on leaders in the …

Palestinian rights groups condemn Gaza executions

7 April 2017 Palestinian human rights groups have condemned the execution by authorities in the Gaza Strip of three civilians accused of collaborating with Israel. According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the Hamas-controlled interior ministry in Gaza hanged the men, aged 55, 42 and 32, on Thursday morning. …

Agreement averts financial crisis at Gaza’s Al-Aqsa University

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — After months of deliberations between Gaza- and Ramallah-run education ministries, an agreement was reached March 29 ending the crisis at Al-Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip — the largest public university in the Palestinian territories. The crisis lasted for a year and a half and threatened the future of …

New Hamas charter holds contradictory views on establishment of Palestinian state

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — While a draft version of Hamas’ new charter has raised questions over whether the movement would explicitly accept a Palestinian state along pre-1967 borders, the document will make clear that “our rivalry is with the occupation who occupied our land,” Hamas official Ahmad Yousif told Ma’an …