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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 …

Germany supports Palestinian local government with $20 million

RAMALLAH, March 6, 2017 (WAFA) – Germany and the Palestinian Authority signed on Monday an 18 million euro (app. $20 million) agreement in support of projects to develop municipalities and improve services, according to a statement by the German Representative Office in Ramallah. Minister of Local Government Hussein Araj and …

PA, UN appeal for $547 million to address humanitarian needs in Palestine during 2017

 Palestinian Authority and United Nations officials presenting the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017 in Bethlehem. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Social Development. BETHLEHEM, December 19, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations (UN) Monday appealed for $547 million in funds in 2017 to meet humanitarian …

Palestine prepares for 2017 general census

  Photo of Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics presenting on March 22, 2011. Credit: PCBS Facebook page RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) will conduct an electronic population, housing and establishment census in 2017, across the 1967 Palestinian occupied territories, East Jerusalem and the Gaza …

Quarrying leaves West Bank villagers on shaky ground

  (Kur village-Tulkarem- photo credit: Mahmoud Dar Awwad, 2 May 2014- Tejwal Safar to Kur). RAMALLAH, West Bank — The historic village of Kur, southeast of the city of Tulkarm, is known for its architectural heritage, including its domed buildings and castles, the oldest of which dates to the Mamluk era (1260-1516), while others were built by the Ottomans …

Palestinian Authority, European Union lay cornerstone of Dura Courthouse

  DURA, HEBRON, October 5, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority and the European Union (EU) laid on Tuesday the cornerstone of the new Dura courthouse in Hebron, according to an EU press release. The new 5000 square meters courthouse, which is part of a comprehensive program of support to …

Will Hamas, Dahlan join forces in upcoming local elections?

  Palestinian supporters of the former head of Fatah in the Gaza Strip, Mohammed Dahlan, hold posters depicting Dahlan (R) during a protest against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza City, Dec. 18, 2014.  (photo by REUTERS/Mohammed Salem) Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/07/hamas-participate-palestinian-local-elections.html#ixzz4FVkV3XJY GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Hamas movement agreed to …

News Analysis: Challenges ahead of first Palestinian local elections over decade

  GAZA/RAMALLAH, July 19 (Xinhua) — Palestinians have launched preparations for holding first local elections in 11 years, unfolding internal and external challenges ahead of national elections, say observers. The Palestinian government decided in June to hold the local elections on Oct. 8 to choose domestic governing bodies like municipalities …

Position Paper: Palestinian Unity Government Calls for Local Council Elections

On 03 May 2016, the Palestinian Unity Government’s Council of Ministers issued a decision to hold the elections of the local councils (municipalities) on their due date, 08 October 2016, according to the Council of Ministers’ capacity under article 4 of the Local Council Elections Law no. 10/2005. This calling …

Local council elections to be held in West Bank but not in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian government decided during its session on May 3 to hold local council elections in October in the West Bank, without indicating whether elections will be held in the Gaza Strip. Hamas, which controls Gaza, insists on reaching a consensus on the mechanism and the date …