Israel Police reports the Palestinian government’s generous subsidies that were announced last week at peak of violent clashes between Palestinians and the Israelis, are to be distributed among East Jerusalem residents to use at their discretion.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has allocated some $25 million in government subsidies to support Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem in the wake of a violent standoff with Israel over a flashpoint holy site in the city.
Israel’s Channel Two television reported Sunday that the money will be distributed as grants for Palestinian residents to be used in a variety of ways, including to fund University studies, pay off municipal debts, assist private businesses, and subsidize electricity costs for residents of the Old City. Continue Reading »
Although Gaza’s 2 million residents are already receiving 3-4 hours of power a day, Israel abides by the Palestinian leader’s decision to cut the power, rather than having the Israeli public cover Gaza’s electricity bill.
By the Associated Press
Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers warned of renewed violence Monday if Israel acquiesces to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ wishes and reduces its electricity supply to the isolated territory.
Gaza’s 2 million residents already get by with only four hours of electricity a day. In an effort to push his Hamas rivals out of power, Abbas says his West Bank government will stop paying Israel to provide electricity. Continue Reading »
Judea and Samaria Civil Administration officials confiscated the third PA garbage truck after being caught dumping trash at improper, illegal site.
By Yoel Domb
The Supervisory Unit of the IDF Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria confiscated a Palestinian Authority truck Monday after the truck was caught dumping garbage at an illegal waste disposal site between Alfei Menashe and Karnei Shomron. In the last two weeks two other PA trucks were impounded for similar offenses.
Confiscated Palestinian Authority garbage-trunk for illegal garbage/waste dumping – IDF Civil Administration
The illegal site began to be used for dumping recently after the Civil Administration closed another illegal site next to Qalqilya. Continue Reading »
Since Abbas’ party is deeply fragmented and his leadership undermined with most Fatah members in Gaza defecting to Hamas and the majority of West Bank Palestinians wanting him out of office, there is no functional gov’t to lead an independent Palestinian state regardless of the antisemitic support given by the US (Obama’s gov’t), the UN and the EU.
Hamas’s Fatah and the No-State Solution by Khaled Abu Toameh
During a celebration in Ramallah marking the 52nd anniversary of the founding of his Fatah faction, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas declared that 2017 will be the “year of international recognition of the State of Palestine.” Hailing the recent anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution 2334, Abbas said he was prepared to work with the new administration of Donald Trump “to achieve peace in the region.”
For the first time in many years, Hamas permitted thousands of Fatah gunmen to hold a military parade in the Gaza Strip this week. Continue Reading »
Ignoring Western pleas to halt the constant incitement to kill Jews, Abbas’ Palestinian Authority press report tells high school children that a way they can reach ‘excellence & greatness’ is to die as martyrs.
Arutz Sheva Staff
A seemingly innocent report on high school matriculation by the official news agency of the Palestinian Authority managed to embed within it glorification of martyrdom, otherwise known as death by trying to murder Israelis.
Arab child waves knife during Gaza City march – Photo: Reuters
The article stated that though graduating high school is important, shahada [death by martyrdom] is even greater, and is actually greater than life itself. Continue Reading »
Israel provides part of Gaza’s electricity, yet Abbas’ PA has refused to pay the $400k bill for electricity provided by Israel, not only to Gaza, but used in Judea & Samaria as well.
By Dalit Halevy
Hamas, which advocates jihad to destroy the State of Israel and calls to boycott the Jewish state, demanded a greater supply of electricity from Israel to Gaza on Sunday.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri charged the “Israeli occupation” with responsibility for a house fire “which burned to death this week three toddler members of the al-Hindi family in Gaza.” The fire broke out due to the family lighting candles in their apartment, as their neighborhood had been suffering from a blackout at the time. Continue Reading »
Beginning Thursday, Israel Electric Corp will reduce the power supply to Jericho due to the Palestinian Authority’s more than 1.7 billion shekels of unpaid electric bills.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Israel’s state-run electricity company was set Thursday to reduce the power supply one of the Palestinian Authority’s major cities over a debt of $450 million, an Israeli official said.
The decision by the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) applies to the city of Jericho near the Jordanian border, and comes after the Palestinian Authority and the private Jerusalem District Electricity Company failed to pay longstanding dues, the official said. The Jerusalem District Electricity Company operates in eastern Jerusalem and the surrounding villages. Continue Reading »
According to senior army officials the IDF would use Jericho & Ramallah as test cases, and then transfer other Area A cities depending on the successfulness of the “trial.”
Secret negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have taken place in the last few weeks addressing the return of full Palestinian security control over cities in Area A of the West Bank, Haaretz reports.
According to senior IDF officials quoted in Haaretz, the IDF would use Ramallah and Jericho as test cases, withdrawing from them initially and then from other Area A cities depending on how the “trial” goes. Continue Reading »
PLO to officially decide regarding continuing security coordination as Abbas calls for the removal of all Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria.
By Gil Ronen
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced Wednesday that the PLO would officially make a decision next week regarding the upholding of contractual relations with Israel, reported the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.
He reiterated past statements made by PA bodies supporting putting an end to agreements signed with Israel, notably the security coordination with Israel that was established through the Oslo Accords. Continue Reading »
PA Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki claims France was pressured to drop its proposal that advanced a UN resolution that forces resumption of peace talks.
By Elad Benari
The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said Tuesday that a French diplomatic bid to advance a United Nations resolution to restart the peace process between Israel and the PA has been abandoned by France, Haaretz reports.
However, senior PA officials in Ramallah later told the newspaper that al-Malki’s comments were not entirely accurate, and were based more on his analysis of the updates he had received on the matter than on information from an official decision by Paris. Continue Reading »
Palestinian human rights are the worst ever, not because of increased Israeli security measures, but inflicted by the hands of their leader.
By Israel Today
In one of its more recent reports on human rights in the Palestinian-controlled territories, the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights said the situation had reached an all-time low, but not because of Israel.
Hamas prepares 3 Gazans before execution- Source: Israel Today
While the advocacy group does routinely lambast Israel for security measures that inflict hardships on average Palestinians, the reason highlighted for the worsening human rights was corrupt and abusive governance by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Continue Reading »
Trade, economic investment and peace talks to accentuate meeting between Russian president and Abbas in Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday.
“The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP.
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There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda.
The PA is addressing its ‘Image Problem’, realizing that when mothers openly ululate in happiness when their children ‘marry virgins in Heaven’, (having been killed in acts of terrorism), is bad publicity in the Judeo-Christian media.
By Ari Yashar
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has a long history of broadcasting images of Palestinian Arab women ululating in cries of joy over their dead “martyr” terrorist relatives, particularly in cases of mothers celebrating the terrorist activities of their children – but one official has warned the custom may be creating a public relations problem.
PMW YouTube screenshot
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translated a broadcast on official PA TV from late last month, in which the mother of a “martyr” explained the ins-and-outs of the celebratory ululations, saying “it’s true what they say that we ululate for our children because our child is going to Heaven to marry the Dark-Eyed Virgins.”
“We say ‘praise Allah’ for everything. Continue Reading »
Palestinian president returned transferred taxes because portion was deducted to cover part of huge PA debt owed to Israeli electric company, explaining, ‘Either Israel transfers the funds to us in full, or we go to the ICC.’
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday Israel had released frozen tax revenues to the Authority but that he had ordered the funds to be returned because money had been deducted to cover debts to Israeli utility companies.
Palestinian President Abbas – Photo: EPA
Palestinians are believed to owe millions of dollars for use of utilities and hospitals.
Under existing agreements, Israel collects taxes and customs on behalf of the Palestinians and then transfers the sums. Continue Reading »