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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 …

UN envoy urges Palestinian unity to resolve electricity crisis in Gaza

19 April 2017 – The United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process today called on authorities in Gaza to work together with the international community to resolve a new energy crisis after the area’s only power station shut down, saying the consequences of the crisis “should not be …

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 …

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 …

Sit-in held at Beit Jala hospital against alleged medical negligence, corruption

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians gathered in front of the Beit Jala Governmental Hospital in the southern occupied West Bank on Saturday, calling for Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad to step down over allegations of rampant medical negligence at the hospital and lack of accountability in the medical community at large. …

Hamdallah defends salary cuts in Gaza, demands Hamas hand over power to PA

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called on leaders of the Hamas movement to hand over control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which he called “the only representative of the Palestinian people,” during a press conference Friday when he also defended a PA decision to slash salaries …

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 …

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.” …

PA seeks to implement new mechanism to manage Arab, international funds

AMMAN (Ma’an) — Palestinian National Economy Minister Abir Odeh addressed the Arab League’s Economic and Social Council on Sunday, urging Arab and international institutions to provide financial support for Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, at a ministerial meeting held in preparation for the upcoming annual Arab League Summit in Amman …

Islamic Bank, UNRWA sign $40 million agreement for Gaza homes

JERUSALEM, March 23, 2017 (WAFA) – The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in its capacity as Coordinator for the Program of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Reconstruction of Gaza, has re-programmed and signed a $40 million agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the …