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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 …

When will Gaza gas field start operating?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah told the local Donia al-Watan website March 7 that the consensus government is discussing with developing companies the extraction of natural gas off the coast of the Gaza Strip. However, the prospects for this remain hindered by security and political obstacles. On Feb. …

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 …

What EU shift in financial support policy means for Gaza

It is no secret that the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) financial crisis is mounting with declining foreign support. This has prompted Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee and former minister of public works and housing, to confirm Feb. 13 that donors’ funding is decreasing and the PA’s financial crisis is ongoing. …

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 …

Gaza’s exchange shops come under scrutiny

A Palestinian man changes money at a currency exchange bureau in Gaza City, Gaza, Jan. 30, 2006.  (photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Oct. 26, the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy started the process of establishing an oversight department aimed at overseeing the work of currency exchange …

Can Palestinian Authority cope with decline of international aid?

A Palestinian teacher takes part in a protest demanding better pay and conditions, Ramallah, West Bank, March 7, 2016.  (photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman) RAMALLAH, West Bank — By the end of August, international financial aid to the Palestinian government registered an unprecedented decline, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said during an …

Premier Urges Donors to Meet $5.4B Pledge for Gaza Reconstruction

RAMALLAH, October 27, 2014 – (WAFA) – Premier Rami Hamdallah Monday urged donors to deliver on pledge of $5.4 billion in order to commence Gaza reconstruction. Hamdallah made his remarks during a meeting with the Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS) at his office in Ramallah. He said, the funds pledged …