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Israeli bill seeking to cut millions in PA funds deemed ‘assault’ on Palestinian resistance

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A proposed Israeli law that would cut nearly $300 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over funds allocated to the families of Palestinian prisoners of Israel and those who were killed or injured by Israeli forces has been denounced by Palestinian leadership as an “assault” on Palestinian …

New chapter begins in Israel-Palestine water dispute

RAMALLAH, West Bank — After a seven-year hiatus, the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee (JWC), established under Article 40 of the 1995 Oslo Accord, resumed its meetings May 16. A new mechanism was developed to accelerate the implementation of infrastructure projects — such as supply lines, tanks, water and sewage networks, water pumping stations …

Gaza to see forced military retirement in June

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to enact in June a controversial law that will force about half of Gaza’s security personnel to retire, while leaving the West Bank’s force intact. Officials in the security services have started contacting staff members to inform them of …

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 …

Israel demands PA stop paying off prisoners’ families

    RAMALLAH, West Bank — In reaction to the open-ended and ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, started on April 17, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority on April 22 to to prove its commitment to the peace process by halting the financial allocations to Palestinian prisoners and their …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Failed Plan to Reconstruct Gaza Fuels Water, Sanitation Crisis

The Oxfam report, titled “Treading Water” and released on World Water Day, analyzed the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism or GRM, which was designed to help with urgent reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2014 war by allowing the entry of building materials into the strip. Under the GRM, almost 3,000 items needed …