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Palestinians optimistic as Jordan border crossing set to open 24/7

RAMALLAH, West Bank — During the high season extending from June 20 until the month of October, Palestinians in the West Bank will be allowed to travel to Jordan around the clock on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, passage will be restricted to three hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through the crossing known as …

Gaza braces itself for ‘collapse’ after Israel approves reduction of electricity supply

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli security cabinet has approved a 40 percent reduction in Israel’s electricity supply to the besieged Gaza Strip, where Palestinians are already coping with a crippling power crisis and daily, hours-long blackouts, according Israeli media reports. While Gaza’s electricity company said it had not received an …

Israel Takes Steps to Help Palestinian Economy as Trump Arrives

Israel passed a series of measures aimed at bolstering the Palestinian economy as a confidence-building gesture before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives and elaborates on his plans for addressing the Middle East conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday with the message that Israel would welcome …

Palestinians flock to first Palestinian bank in Jerusalem

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The National Bank (TNB) announced April 17 the inauguration of the Dahiat al-Barid branch in al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, in a first for banks in Palestine since 1967 after the annexation of East Jerusalem to Israel. Hundreds of Palestinian customers residing in Jerusalem have been flocking …

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 …

How will ban on national fund affect Palestinians?

The relationship between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel has been heading downhill ever since the negotiations were halted in April 2014. The strained relationship reached a new level of tensions on March 16 when Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman labeled the Palestinian National Fund (PNF) as a “terror group.” …

Will new regulations deal a blow to Palestine’s local tobacco industry?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government ratified a plan Feb. 28 to regulate the tobacco sector in an attempt to improve the quality of locally grown tobacco, restructure prices, protect farmers and local companies, fight tax evasion and cigarette smuggling and increase government revenue. In the northern West Bank, especially in the Jenin …

محادثات فلسطينيّة مع شركة “شلّ” لتطوير حقل غزّة للغاز الطبيعيّ

رام الله، الضفّة الغربيّة – كشف رئيس الوزراء الفلسطيني رامي الحمد الله في لقاء صحفي مع موقع دنيا الوطن المحلي في 7 آذار/مارس، أن حكومة التوافق تجري مفاوضات مع الشركات المطورة لاستخراج الغاز الطبيعي من سواحل غزة (شركة شل)، والتي لا تزال عالقة لدواعٍ أمنية وسياسية لم يذكرها، وهو ما …

Will Abbas stop paying Gaza employees’ salaries?

Tens of thousands of Gaza Strip residents who are on the Palestinian Authority payroll have been terribly worried this past week. That is because it was disclosed that the PA may well cut hundreds, even thousands, of names from the payroll in the very near future. The term “employed by the Authority in …

UN Special Coordinator congratulates Hamdallah on launching NPA

PNN/ Ramallah/ United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Wednesday congratulated the Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah, his government, civil society and the business community for finalising an ambitious policy agenda for Palestine that articulates a strong, clear vision for the Palestinian people. “The United Nations …