A pause for UNRWA employees in Gaza to reject the split of salaries

Dozens of employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, “UNRWA”, participated in a protest stand in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Organization in Gaza City, on Monday.

And raise the participants stand slogans confirm their rejection of fragmentation and delay the payment of salaries, and demand returns dismissed employees from their work, as well as rejection of the policy of systematic cuts.

Amir Al-Mashal, head of the UNRWA Arab Staff Union in the Gaza Strip, stressed during a speech that it is not possible to accept negotiations over employee rights, splitting and delaying employee salaries in batches, whether in Gaza or any of the agency’s five areas of operations.

He pointed out that the union called on the agency’s management not to send salaries to banks that are incomplete, and either full salaries and on time, or not to be disbursed, so as not to become a dangerous precedent in the history of UNRWA.

He pointed out that the union movement will escalate from all federations and unions if UNRWA insists on not meeting the demands of employee unions, indicating that the agency will have two options, either borrowing from next year’s budget and carrying this deficit for the next year, or borrowing from the United Nations and international institutions, as happened. in the last year.

The survey indicated that the financial deficit has accumulated since 2018, but the deficit is not managed at the expense of the employees and services provided to Palestinian refugees.

The head of the UNRWA Arab Staff Union in the Gaza Strip indicated that there are implications and repercussions affecting the services provided to refugees in light of the job threat to 30,000 employees in the five regions.

He pointed out that Commissioner-General Philip Lazzarini is supposed to arrive in Gaza tomorrow noon, Tuesday, and will have a meeting with the Staff Union on Wednesday, expressing his hope that funds will be provided for 2020, and that there will be a plan to prepare for 2021.

(Source / 24.11.2020)

Unemployment in Gaza has reached 82%

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Union official in the Gaza Strip, Sami Al-Amsi, revealed today, Monday, that the unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip has reached unprecedented levels of 82%, after it recorded an additional 17% for the previous 65% before the Coronavirus crisis.

Al-Amsi said in a press statement, that the blockade and the Coronavirus crisis are increasing the numbers of this segment most affected, indicating that there are 160,000 affected directly and indirectly, while there is a fluctuation in the work of tens of thousands of workers between the penal return to work or temporary disruption. Or permanent as a result of pandemic conditions and the inability of hundreds of factories, companies, workshops and commercial centers to operate normally.

He pointed out that the Corona crisis cast a shadow on the work sector and hit various sectors, which caused thousands of workers to be laid off.

Al-Amsi said: “The danger of widespread unemployment among workers is no less than the danger of the outbreak of the virus, because this deprives thousands of workers from meeting the minimum basic requirements of life, worsens their human and living conditions, and increases poverty and extreme poverty among workers.”

He added, “Workers today are competing to work long hours and for low wages, in which employers exploit them in order to support their families, while working hours often range between 10-13 hours a day, and wages are 15-20-35 shekels in the best conditions during Current period.

The union official explained that the crisis deepened the workers’ wounds that were cracked by the continuous Israeli blockade for 15 years, causing the public transport sector to be completely paralyzed, indicating that there are 15-20 thousand drivers working partially or moderately, while the construction sector, which employed 40 thousand A worker is completely suspended, while 8,000 workers have returned to the industrial sector out of 21,000 workers.

He pointed out that 4 thousand fishermen suffer from the daily attacks of the occupation, while the kindergarten workers number 2,800 work, while the tourism sector, which has 5 thousand workers partially, and agricultural workers suffer great losses as a result of the same conditions.

Al-Amsi stressed that what is required is to unify the efforts of various governmental and non-governmental institutions and private initiatives and direct them to improve the lives of workers, calling on government agencies in Gaza, the Legislative Council and the Qatari Committee to allocate financial payments and special grants for workers to provide relief in light of difficult situations.

Al-Amsi warned that the high indicators of unemployment among workers heralds a humanitarian catastrophe, from which it cannot be recovered over many years, except by pumping large operational projects into the labor market, and everyone shouldering their responsibilities.

He pointed out that the only financial payment that was disbursed to the affected people in Gaza did not benefit from only a small segment of workers, whom the Qatari grant helps thousands of of them to improve their conditions, but what is required is to direct special aid and support to the segment of workers from different sectors. like he said.

(Source / 24.11.2020)

Settlers kidnap a boy east of Nablus

Settlers kidnapped today, Sunday, the 14-year-old boy, Nour Riyadh Mashati, in the village of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, several hours before they were released.

The coordinator of the Popular Committee for the Defense of Beit Dajan Lands Nasr Abu Jaish said that settlers pursued a group of boys while they were near the sit-in tent rejecting the new settlement outpost on Beit Dajan lands, and fired bullets at the youths and kidnapped one of them and transported him to the settlement outpost on the northeastern side of the town’s lands. .

The people of Beit Dajan rushed to rescue the boy, Mash’ati, after making distress calls through the mosque’s loudspeakers, before he was released at a later time.

(Source / 24.11.2020)

Gaza: Temporary closure of outpatient clinics for 14 days

Abd al-Salam Sabah, Director General of Hospitals at the Ministry of Health in Gaza, announced today, Monday, a temporary closure of outpatient clinics in all hospitals for a period of 14 days.

And Sabah stated in radio statements, that it was decided to stop the scheduled operations and to maintain the emergency operations, to employ all capabilities in confronting the Corona epidemic.

And he indicated that the health system’s capabilities remain limited and fragile, in light of the siege on the Gaza Strip and the scarcity of resources at the Ministry of Health.

He pointed out that it was decided to prevent the presence of escorts except for necessity, and to specify places of entry and exit from hospitals, in addition to conducting a PCR examination for patients admitted to hospitals for those whose stay extended more than 48 hours.

Sabah pointed out that there is an urgent increase in the rate of injuries, which affects hospital services in terms of increasing the number of patients that are received in the Ministry’s hospitals.

The Director General of Hospitals at the Ministry of Health indicated that the main factor in treating patients is the amount of oxygen, which seemed to be at its maximum, indicating that the ministry is working on a plan to provide other sites for services, especially oxygen.

Sabah said that controlling the increase in the number of infected people is done through the citizen’s awareness and follow-up of safety and prevention measures, indicating that practical decisions and measures have been taken to maintain basic services within hospitals that have nothing to do with the Coronavirus.

(Source / 24.11.2020)

Fatah accuses Hamas of foiling reconciliation talks in Cairo

Image of senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]
Senior Fatah official Jibreel Al-Rajoub, 28 February 2017

Secretary of Fatah’s Executive Committee, Jibreel Al-Rajoub, has claimed that Hamas’ insistence on carrying out all elections together was the reason for the failure of talks in Cairo, the Shehab news agency reported yesterday.

According to the news site, Al-Rajoub, who was interviewed by Palestine TV on Sunday evening, said: “Our brothers in Hamas insisted on carrying out presidential, parliamentary and National Council elections together,” claiming this was the reason for the failure of the talks.

“We still have hope that the reconciliation talks will succeed… All parties have agreed to start with the parliamentary elections and end with the National Council elections.”

Al-Rajoub added: “The issue of the reconciliation is complicated, but we have created foundations for a possible agreement.”

READ: Hamas condemns PA’s resumption of ties with Israel

The internal Palestinian talks “are not subject to any [external] changes or stances,” insisting that the resumption of security cooperation with Israel “was an emergency step that will not have repercussions, political dimensions or a negative impact on the reconciliation.”

Last week, Hamas and Fatah concluded a meeting in Cairo which coincided with Fatah’s announcement about the resumption of security cooperation with Israel.

All Palestinian factions said that announcement destroyed all efforts to reach a national reconciliation.

(Source / 24.11.2020)

WHO warns of collapse of health system in Gaza due to coronavirus

Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing centre in Gaza on 27 September 2020 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing centre in Gaza on 27 September 2020

The healthcare system in the Gaza Strip is near collapse as a result of Israel’s stifling siege and the rise in coronavirus cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

Abdelnaser Soboh, emergency health co-ordinator in the WHO’s Gaza office, warned that “within a week, we will become unable to care for critical cases”.

Of Gaza’s 100 ventilators, 79 are already taken up by Covid-19 patients, said Abdelraouf Elmanama, a member of the enclave’s pandemic task force.

Some 14,000 people have become infected with Covid-19 in the Palestinian enclave and 65 have died so far – with most of the infections occurring after August.

“In 10 days, the health system will become unable to absorb such a hike in cases and there might be cases that will not find a place at intensive care units,” Elmanama warned.

READ: Gaza’s health system days from being overwhelmed by COVID-19, advisers say

The enclave is home to some two million people who live in close proximity and are susceptible to contagions. Israel’s 14-year siege of the Strip has left its medical services in tatters and the enclave suffering an acute fuel shortage.

In response to the warnings, Israeli cabinet minister Izhar Shay told Army Radio: “We are not giving Hamas any ‘coronavirus discounts’… We will continue responding as appropriate.”

But another Israeli official told Reuters that, since the pandemic hit, Israel had allowed 60 ventilators to be brought into Gaza as well as nine PCR coronavirus testing devices that had led to a more than tenfold increase in the volume of tests.

(Source / 24.11.2020)

Official: Unemployment rate reaches 82% in Gaza Strip

A Palestinian women at a bakery in Gaza on 20 April 2020 [Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency]
A Palestinian women at a bakery in Gaza on 20 April 2020

The economic repercussions of the coronavirus has led to an increase in the unemployment rate in the besieged Gaza Strip by 17 per cent, with 82 per cent of the population now out of work, the head of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions in Gaza Strip, Sami Al-Amsi, said yesterday.

The official explained in a statement that the pandemic has affected more than 160,000 workers in Gaza Strip directly and indirectly and led to the closure of several factories, companies and workshops who had to lay off thousands of employees.

“Workers today are competing to work for long hours and for low wages to meet their families’ needs,” Al-Amsi said, explaining that working hours often range between 10-13 hours a day while wages range from 15 to 35 shekels ($4.5-$10.5) in the best conditions.

“The public transport sector has been completely paralyzed. There are 15,000 to 20,000 drivers working partially or moderately, while the construction sector, which employs 40,000 workers, has completely stopped and only 8,000 out of 21,000 workers have returned to the industrial sector. Moreover, 4,000 fishermen suffer from daily Israeli attacks,” Al-Amsi explained.

Unify effort must be taken by the public and private sectors to improve the lives of workers, he stressed, calling on government agencies in the Gaza Strip, the Legislative Council and the Qatar’s Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza to allocate special grants and provide urgent assistance to the workers.

UN envoy: Gaza ‘ill-equipped to face a major spike’ in covid cases

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(Source / 24.11.2020)

Israel woman who refused to take part in the country’s ‘killing, violence and destruction’ released

Hallel Rabin, a 19-year-old Israeli conscientious objector, poses for a picture outside the "number six" military prison near Atlit in northern Israel on November 20, 2020, upon release from jail for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. - Army service is compulsory for most Israeli citizens and while many seek exemptions on various grounds -- some arguably less than truthful -- Rabin's case is unusual in that she openly declared herself to be a pacifist and served prison time. Hallel had served a total of 56 days since August at the grim military prison "number six", and was facing up to 80 more in detention. But after grilling her at four hearings, an army board finally accepted that her pacifism was sincere and not driven by "political considerations," which would have landed her more prison time. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP) (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images)
Hallel Rabin, a 19-year-old Israeli conscientious objector, poses for a picture outside the “number six” military prison near Atlit in northern Israel on November 20, 2020

Nineteen-year-old Israeli woman, Hallel Rabin, who refused to complete her military service in the occupied Palestinian territories rejecting any involvement in what she called “killing, violence and destruction” has been released.

Rabin was kept in detention in a military prison for a total of 56 days for refusing to serve in the Israeli army and was facing a further 80 days in jail. But after four hearings, an army board finally accepted that her pacifism was sincere and not driven by “political considerations”, which would have landed her more prison time.

Initially members of the Israeli army’s “conscience committee” concluded that Rabin “opposes Israeli violence directed at the Palestinians” and this, according to the committee, is not regarded as conscientious objection, but political opposition. As such, the committee decided to imprison her.

READ: Israel passes bill banning Breaking the Silence group from schools

Conscientious objectors in Israel are still limited in number and influence. They are seen as a minor departure from the norm and are considered by most Israelis to be traitors. Societies in the occupation state are still captive to colonial extremism, national and religious racism.

The army plays a central role in Israeli society and can impact a young person’s social status and job prospects. This is one of the ways in which some 20 per cent of the Israeli population that are Palestinians are discriminated against in the country. Job prospects, general access to state services are denied because they do not serve in the army.

Israel’s Ynet news reported Rabin standing at the gate of an army jail saying she was “the happiest person in the world”.

“My lawyer called me this morning and told me, ‘you’re free’,” she said.

Asked about Rabin’s case, the army noted that enlistment is mandatory and those who request “an exemption due to conscience-related reasons” are entitled to a hearing before a relevant committee.

READ: US Jews ditch Birthright programme to join anti-occupation Hebron tour

(Source / 24.11.2020)

10 Palestinian families expelled to make way for Israel army training

Israeli forces intervene Palestinians during a protest against Israeli settlement construction on Palestinians' fields, in the village of Ras Karkar near Ramallah, West Bank on 4 September, 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces intervene Palestinians during a protest against Israeli settlement construction on Palestinians’ fields, in the village of Ras Karkar near Ramallah, West Bank on 4 September, 2018

Israeli military bulldozers destroyed Palestinian land today based in Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, to build a sewage pipeline.

Nu’man Nofal, a farmer from the village, told Wafa news agency, that Israeli bulldozers razed the villagers’ land, known as Ras Abu Zaitoun,, in order to install a sewage pipeline for the nearby Israeli colonial settlements.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

Moreover, he said that Israeli occupation forces opened a dirt road running up to his 50 dunum (0.05 square kilometre) plot of land in the same site, which they fenced off and set up a metal gate at its entrance two months ago, denying him access to it unless he presents a special military permit.

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He added that although he managed to reclaim his land last year, planting it with trees, the Israeli soldiers uprooted most of the trees and razed the site.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces today forcefully expelled over ten Palestinian families from their houses in the northern Jordan Valley to conduct military exercises, Wafa reported.

Moataz Basharat, a senior official who monitors Israeli settlement activities, said that Israeli soldiers forced out ten families who live in the villages of Al-Burj and Al-Maita in the occupied Jordan Valley.

Basharat pointed out that the exercises are being conducted with live ammunition, which he denounced explaining that it “aims to expel Palestinians from the Jordan Valley and control it.”

The Jordan Valley, which accounts for almost a third of the occupied West Bank, is home to 65,000 Palestinians who live in 28 villages.

Since 1967, when the Israeli army occupied the West Bank, Israel has transferred at least 11,000 of its Jewish citizens to the Jordan Valley. Some of the settlements in which they live were built almost entirely on private Palestinian land.

READ: Hamas says UAE plays ‘suspicious’ role in supporting settlers

(Source / 24.11.2020)

Palestinian Detainee Contracts Coronavirus In Etzion Interrogation Facility

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Jacqueline Fararja, a lawyer with the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, has reported, Monday, that a detainee from Ramallah, in central West Bank, was diagnosed with the coronavirus, in Etzion Israeli detention and interrogation facility, south of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Fararja stated that the detainee, Yousef Mousa Housha, from Birzeit near Ramallah, has tested positive for the coronavirus, before he was moved, Sunday, to Ramla Prison.

She added that the administration in Etzion has announced it will be denying the lawyers access to the detention facility, and will not house new detainees in it for sixteen days.

The lawyer also said that 21 Palestinians are currently held in Etzion, facing exceedingly difficult living conditions, held in small rooms, very dirty cells, seriously elevated levels of humidity, and extreme cold, in addition to being provided with unclean and unhealthy food.

The Commission said Israel is currently holding captive at least 4400 Palestinians, including 155 children, 39 women, 6 elected legislators, 13 journalists, and 350 who are held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

Among the detainees are 700 patients, many of them suffering from serious illnesses, including cancer, liver, and heart conditions.

A week ago, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that the number of Palestinian detainees who are infected with the Coronavirus in Israeli prisons has arrived to 132.

(Source / 24.11.2020)