The Palestinian Authority’s kleptocratic leader, Mahmoud Abbas recently blocked Qatari-funded fuel from reaching electricity-starved Gaza. Abbas “is doing everything in his power to escalate the crisis in Gaza and prevent Hamas from marking any diplomatic achievement,” an Egyptian source said.
By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Egyptian and Palestinian officials on Sunday accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of actively escalating the crisis in the Gaza Strip in hopes that it will force rival Palestinian faction Hamas to hand over control of the coastal enclave.
Hamas, designated as a terrorist group by the EU, U.S., Israel and several other countries, ousted Abbas’ Fatah-led government from Gaza in a military coup in 2007, effectively splitting the Palestinian Authority into two political entities. Continue Reading »
UN Envoy to the Mideast, Nickolay Mladenov, and Palestinian PM Hamdallah met with Major General Yoav Mordechai about Gaza’s fuel shortage and the plight of Gaza’s citizens, and no one questions Hamas’ withholding over a $100 million to spend on tunnel building.
– Israel insists solution should also address the issue of Hamas finally returning missing POWs, MIAs to Israel.
By Elior Levy
Egypt stopped allowing diesel shipments to enter the Gaza Strip Wednesday, causing the strip’s power station to cease operations. As a result, residents have been limited to three hours of electricity a day.
A meeting was thus called by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in light of the dire situation, attended by the United Nations (UN) Envoy to the Mideast Nickolay Mladenov and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority autocrat Mahmoud Abbas feels Gazans are quickly reaching the point when their despair will outweigh their fear of Hamas reprisals, so Abbas is determined to exploit this window of opportunity by turning up the heat, making the Gazan’s lives even more miserable.
By Ariel Schmidberg and Ram Liran
While Hamas celebrated Friday’s deadly terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, which it hoped would spark a destabilizing religious war in the region, underneath the surface the terrorist organization’s situation is far from joyous.
Thousands of Gazans in Jabalya marched toward the Hamas-owned electricity company in protest of repeated power outages. Continue Reading »
In the never ending feud between Hamas & Fatah, now, a deal arranged with Egypt for fuel deliveries to Gaza appears short-lived as banks complain Abbas’ run Fatah reneged on payments, leaving two million Gaza residents with only 2 hours of electricity daily.
By i24NEWS – AFP
Power supplies haven taken a fresh hit in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, with authorities Saturday accusing the rival Palestinian Authority of blocking fuel payments to Egypt from going through banks.
The electricity authority said two of the three generators at Gaza’s only power plant were offline because “the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah stopped all the financial transactions through Palestinian banks to Egypt to buy fuel.”
Gaza Power Plant – Gisha
“This led to the stopping of fuel [deliveries] two days ago from Egypt.”
The electricity distribution company confirmed only one generator was operating, producing 23 megawatts of power — which added to other sources means Gaza currently has a total of 93 megawatts a day. Continue Reading »
After Gaza’s sole power-plant was shut down due to Hamas’ refusal to purchase fuel, PA President Mahmoud Abbas informed Israel he is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza if Hamas does not yield some of its political control over Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.
By ADAM RASGON
PA President Mahmoud Abbas has warned over the past two weeks that he will take “unprecedented measures,” if Hamas does not concede some of its control over Gaza to the PA.
Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas (L) & Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh (R) – Google Images
The Palestinian Authority informed Israel that it is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza through 10 electrical lines, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said on Thursday. Continue Reading »
New joint energy agreement will deepen & strengthen cooperation between the US & Israel in areas of natural gas, fuels & fuel alternatives, smart grid technologies, desalination & water treatment, and the security & cyber-defense of energy and water installations.
By Shlomo Cesana
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and his Israeli counterpart, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, signed a new joint energy deal in Jerusalem on Monday, intended to tighten cooperation between the countries.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz at Masada on Monday
The agreement expands areas of cooperation to include fuels and fuel alternatives, natural gas, smart grid technologies, desalination and water treatment, and the physical and cyber-defense of energy and water installations. Continue Reading »
With large-scale diversion of financial aid to Hamas leaders’ personal accounts or terror tunnels, the lack of sewage treatment could contaminate Gaza’s drinking water or cause a regional cholera or typhoid outbreak, then direct fault at Israel.
By MICHELLE MALKA GROSSMAN
Gaza could be a ticking time bomb of disease for the region if a serious sewage issue is not fixed, an Israeli environmental group warned on Thursday.
Gidon Bromberg, founder and Israel director of EcoPeace, told The Jerusalem Post that although there is a sewage treatment plant in the Gaza Strip, it does not have enough electricity to run. Continue Reading »
Closed Sinai smuggling tunnels force Hamas to buy imported fuel from Israel, so Hamas shuts-down water treatment facility to cut costs.
GAZA – This summer, access to the cooling waters of the Mediterranean is gradually being closed off to Gaza’s 1.8 million residents, due to pollution stemming from fuel shortages that have halted work at sewage treatment facilities.
Palestinian children swim where sign warns against swimming on a beach in Gaza – Photo: REUTERS
Baha al-Agha of the Gaza Environment Quality Authority said about 100,000 cubic metres of untreated waste water are being pumped into the Gaza shore daily. Continue Reading »
After shutting down Gaza’s electricity plant to 1.8 million people due to fuel shortage caused by closed border when attack on Israel began, the Strip’s power station is back to full operation with Qatari-paid fuel.
The Gaza Strip’s sole power plant started up again on Monday after Israel allowed quantities of Qatari-paid fuel into the enclave to ease a power crisis, Palestinian officials said.
Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Gaza lacks much basic infrastructure and lives under an Egyptian-Israeli blockade meant to cut off arms flows but which also curbs imports of fuel and building supplies. Continue Reading »
Only a 20% of required fuel was transferred to Gaza by the Palestinian Authority, after Hamas beat & arrested 13 pro-PA demonstrators in Gaza.
Gaza’s lone power plant, shut off since Saturday due to a fuel shortage, will remain off until Monday according to the terror organization Hamas’s government. The responsible party for the extension appears to be the Palestinian Authority (PA), Hamas’s rival.
The power station will restart on Monday at 6 a.m., Deputy Chief of the Gaza energy authority Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil told AFP.
Israel closed the Kerem Shalom Crossing last Thursday after terrorists in Gaza showered Israel with over 100 rockets starting last Wednesday. Continue Reading »
Gaza’s lone power plant closes down just 12 days after having being restarted with Qatar bought fuel via the Palestinian Authority.
Israel blamed, although it was Egypt’s siege that has cut off Hamas’ lucrative fuel smuggling.
Gaza’s only power plant ground to a halt again on Friday, only 12 days after being brought back online following a 7 week shutdown due to fuel shortages. The shutdown was announced by Gaza’s electricity firm, reports AFP.
An official of the company claimed “the plant stopped working on Friday morning due to a lack of fuel caused by Israel’s closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing.” He added that electricity would now be supplied for only 6 hours a day instead of the normal 12. Continue Reading »
Intended to block the smuggling of weapons, stolen goods, drugs & terrorists, Egypt’s tunnel clampdown is good for it’s security & public order, but for Hamas’ ‘gangster’ style government, many Gazans say they have never had it so tough.
Mohammed Al-Telbani, owner of one of Gaza’s biggest food factories, is the sort of businessman plucky enough to thrive despite an Israeli blockade of the Palestinian coastal enclave, but even he says he is finally running out of answers.
A Palestinian laborer works through a pile of steel reinforcement rods collected from destroyed homes in Gaza Strip on December 4, 2013.- Photo: AFP
With a new military-backed government in Egypt shutting smuggling tunnels that had kept Gaza alive, he now worries for the first time that the siege will choke off his business and consign his 400 employees to poverty. Continue Reading »
UNRWA purposefully doesn’t mention the Egyptian blockade on Gaza, with their closure of the tunnels that had provided smuggled (stolen?) fuel.
UNRWA also neglects to mention Hamas’ refusal to pay the PA fuel prices, or how Hamas is exploiting Gazans’ suffering to get a much lower price for fuel.
By: Elder of Ziyon
You know how UNRWA pretends to be non-political and even-handed?
Ann Dismorr, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, with a map that shows all of Israel as “Palestine”.- Photo: Palestinian Media Watch.
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“Everything stops,” says Daulat. She doesn’t just mean the refrigerator, the washing machine and other devices; this Palestine refugee mother means daily life in her neighbourhood of Shajaiya.
Funded by the Environmental Protection Ministry, the project is testing the possibility of using micro-algae, which grows in sewage, to produce bio-diesel.
A new Israeli research project could lead to the production of a new source of cheap and eco-friendly biological fuel using micro-algae.
Algae being grown in lab conditions. – Photo: Courtesy
The new project, headed by Dr. Marina Nisnevich from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Ariel University and Dr. Yakov Anker of the Samaria and Jordan Rift Regional Center for Research and Development, is testing the possibility of using micro-algae, which grows in sewage, to produce bio-diesel, a type of biological fuel made out of plant oil. Continue Reading »