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Cybercrime law draws mixed reactions among Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a law to battle cybercrime in the West Bank, but some journalists and citizens worry ulterior motives might be involved. The version of the bill Abbas signed June 24 isn’t the one journalists and the public were expecting, said Nabhan Khreisheh, a member of the Union of Palestinian Journalists’ General Secretariat. He told Al-Quds …

Trump, Abbas vow to prove skeptics wrong on reaching peace deal

WASHINGTON — Defying expectations when Donald Trump came into office that his administration would tilt heavily to the Israeli side, Trump hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for an upbeat visit at the White House on May 3 and declared that he did not think it would be too hard to get …

Lifting Restrictions and Promoting Better Regulation to Unleash the Potential of the Digital Economy in Palestine

Jerusalem, March 31st, 2016 – A new World Bank report estimates the Palestinian mobile sector revenue losses at more than US$1 billion in the last three years. The Palestinian Authority’s fiscal losses for the same period are as high as US$184 million, counting non-collected VAT alone, up to 3.0% of the GDP. The report, Missed Opportunity for Economic Development, highlights …

Civil servants of former Hamas govt receive salary payments

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Civil servants of the former Hamas-run government in Gaza received a payment of $1,200 on Wednesday after the Palestinian Authority transferred millions of dollars to the Strip to pay long-overdue salaries. As of 8:00 a.m., former civil servants were able to go to post offices across …