New financial crisis hits PA, leaves it unable to pay salaries

Palestinian employees wait in front of Bank of Palestine to withdrew their salaries from an ATM on 11 June 2014 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
Palestinian employees wait in front of Bank of Palestine to withdrew their salaries from an ATM on 11 June 2014

The Palestinian government is suffering from a stifling financial crisis that will prevent it from paying the salaries of civil servants.

Palestinian officials attributed the new financial crisis to Israel’s withholding of tax revenues, the decrease in foreign aid and the rise in loans from local banks.

The Palestinian government recently expected its total expenditure for 2021 to reach $5.6 billion, compared to revenues of about $4.6 billion.

Last month, Israel deducted about $35 million from the Palestinian tax revenues which Tel Aviv said the PA uses to pay salaries for the families of Palestinian prisoners and martyrs.

Although the Palestinian Authority expected foreign aid to reach $210 million in the first half of the year, it only received $30 million.

International aid to the PA has almost completely stopped amid criticism following its failure to hold elections since 2006.

READ: Qatar, PA agree on mechanism to transfer funds to Gaza

(Source / 10.08.2021)

Israel begins constructing corridors, elevator at Ibrahimi Mosque

Jewish worshippers visit the the Al-Ibrahimi mosque, known to Jewish worshippers as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site holy to both faiths, in the West Bank town of Hebron on February 24, 2010. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
Jewish worshippers visit the the Al-Ibrahimi mosque, known to them as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site holy to both faiths, in the West Bank town of Hebron on February 24, 2010

The Israeli occupation authorities have begun renovating the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron today, implementing the Judaisation project that includes building corridors and the installation of an elevator to facilitate access for Jewish settlers.

The Israeli soldiers aim to seize approximately 300 square metres of the mosque’s courtyards and facilities, with two million shekels ($0.62 million) having been allocated to fund the project so far, reported Arab48.

Last May, then Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett issued an expropriation order for a portion of the Ibrahimi Mosque as part of a project to build an elevator to facilitate settlers’ access to the Muslim house of worship.

READ: Israel continues to target Al-Aqsa Mosque under new government

The municipality has been demanding that the project be stopped because the construction will be on land it owns together with the Palestinian Waqf (Religious Endowment) Islamic Trust. However, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by the Hebron Municipality earlier this year in March.

Israel’s plan to seize the Ibrahimi Mosque goes against international laws. In 2017, UNESCO included the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Old City of Hebron as a Palestinian heritage site.

The Judaization project is being operated by the Engineering and Construction Department of the Israeli Ministry of Security under the supervision of the Israeli civil administration, which is expected to last about six months.

All of Israel’s settlements and settlers are on Palestinian land illegally according to international law.

(Source / 10.08.2021)

Islamic Jihad: Our fighters ready for new battle in defence of Jerusalem

Ziad Al-Nakhaleh. Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement
Ziad Al-Nakhaleh, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement

Palestinian fighters “are ready for a new battle with the Zionist occupation in defence of Jerusalem,” Islamic Jihad Chief, Ziyad Al-Nakhala, said yesterday

During a meeting with the Chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Hussein Salami, in Tehran, Al Nakhala said: “The force balance is changing in favour of the Palestinian resistance and the result of building up local force in the occupied territories left the Zionists in a permanent state of worry and tension.”

For his part, Salami reiterated that the end of the Israeli occupation “is a reality that will materialise very soon.”

“The Battle of the Sword of Jerusalem between the Zionist entity and the Islamic Palestinian resistance was different from all the previous battles.

The Islamic Jihad delegation arrived in Tehran last week to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Iran’s new President, Ebrahim Raisi.

READ: Political battle is fiercer than military one

(Source / 10.08.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Invaded Archeological Area in Sebastia

On Monday evening, dozens of Israeli colonizers, accompanied by soldiers, invaded the archeological area in Sebastia Palestinian town, north of Nablus, in northern West Bank.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, stated that more than 50 colonizers and many soldiers invaded the site.

He added that the soldiers closed all surrounding areas, including many roads, seriously restricting the freedom of movement to the Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade Sebastia to accompany groups of colonialist settlers into the archeological area in Sebastia.

During these invasions, the soldiers block all Palestinian traffic, in addition to frequently storming homes, abducting Palestinians, and attacking protesters, in addition to removing the Palestinian flag from the site.

(Source / 10.08.2021)

Soldiers Demolish A Home In Silwan

Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, a two-story Palestinian home in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) stated that the home is owned by two siblings, identified as Ramah and Ali Odah.

It added that the home is in the Be’er Ayyoub area in Silwan and that the soldiers closed the entire area and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

The soldiers then forced the family to remove their furniture and belongings from the property before demolishing it, rendering twelve Palestinians homeless.

Ali said that it took the family many years to save some money to build their home to provide stability and decent shelter to the family and added that the family has also been paying various high fines and fees to the City Council, but it kept it refusing to grant them a permit for the property.

“These violations are completely politically and demographically motivated,” he told Silwanic, “They don’t want us here; this is our land, but they want to remove the Palestinians to replace them with illegal colonizers.”

(Source / 10.08.2021)

Soldiers Destroy A Palestinian Road In Battir

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, the town of Battir, west of Bethlehem city, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, and bulldozed a paved road.

Omar al-Qaisi, a local nonviolent activist against the Israeli Annexation Wall and Colonies, said the soldiers invaded the Karem Hadidoon area in basin Baten Abu Hasan, in the eastern part of the town.

He added that the Israeli military bulldozers then bulldozed and destroyed a 1-kilometer long road used by the Palestinians.

Many Palestinians gathered in the area and protested the attack before the soldiers assaulted and injured Zaki al-Batma, 60, a member of Battor Town Council, in addition to a council employee, identified as Sa’id Abu Harthiyya.

(Source / 10.08.2021)

Israeli statistics: 77% of Jerusalem’s old city are Muslims

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- An Israeli writer said that statistics revealed that 77% of Jerusalem’s Old City residents are Muslims while only 10% are settlers.

In an article published by the Jerusalem Institute for Political and Public Affairs, which Arab21 translated, Nadav Shragai said that “the statistical reality in the city of Jerusalem shows that 77% of the Old City’s residents are Muslim while only 10% are Jewish.”

The Israeli writer added that he observed that 24% of the areas in the Old City are owned by the Islamic Waqf (Endowment), which is equivalent to 210 dunums (21 hectars), including Al-Aqsa Mosque’s 144 dunums (14.4 hectars).

He also said that “29% others are owned by the churches and the Christian religious institutions, equivalent to 255 dunums, while 27% are owned privately by the Arabs, equivalent to 235 dunums, and only 20% are owned by Israel, equivalent to 170 dunums.”

In the same content, Yisrael Cemhi, an Israeli researcher who specialises in Jerusalem affairs, said that out of 870 original dunums in the Old City, 450 are used for housing while 270 are dedicated to religious and educational institutions, though they are not currently in use. There are 6,187 apartments in the Old City, of which 3,622 are in the Islamic quarter, 1,295 in the Christian quarter, 677 in the Armenian quarter and 493 in the Jewish quarter.

“The area with the greatest population density within the city is the Islamic quarter, where population density in the residential areas alone reaches 158 persons per dunum while it is 80 persons per dunum in the case of the Jews”, he added.

“The number of Muslims has witnessed an exponential increase since 1967 until today. It has even doubled, and that’s for two reasons: the first is the aspiration of the Palestinians to preserve the Arab and Islamic character of the Old City; and the second is the housing crisis emanating from the planning and construction policies that hinder any new constructions by the Arabs in East Jerusalem.”

“with regard to Jewish residents, who did not exist in the Old City prior to 1967, their number today is about 3,500, amounting to 10% of the Old City’s residents. Since 1995, there has been a rise of no more than 1.5%, while the number of Christian residents fell slightly.”

“There are now 75 properties in the Islamic quarter in which Jews reside.”

(Source / 10.08.2021)

‘Israel’ bans entry of 34 products into Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- The Presidential Committee for coordinating the entry of goods said that the occupation state banned the entry of 34 additional products into Gaza. The products were approved by the Israeli authorities last Thursday.

The banned products include musical instruments, cell phones, computers, printers, headphones, sound equipment, computer accessories, cameras, surveillance cameras, electronic games for children, and other types of products.

The occupation state announced last Thursday allowing the importation and exportation of several types of products starting from Monday after they were banned following the recent Israeli war on Gaza.

The Israeli decision to ban their entry comes only one day before the due date of the previous decision.

Meanwhile, the occupation state continues to prevent essential products from entry into the besieged enclave, which is home to over 2 million Palestinians.

(Source / 10.08.2021)

‘Israel’ hands over body of Shadi Shorafa after 14 days of confiscation

Occupied Nablus (QNN)- The Israeli authorities on the morning of Tuesday handed over the body of Shadi Shorafa, whom they killed in Beita, after 14 days of confiscation.

Shadi Shorafa was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at the entry to Beita while he was bringing water to the residents of his village. The Israeli army had reduced the amounts of water reaching Beita as a form of collective punishment to the village, which has been protesting against a new settlement outpost.

Shadi was a father of five children. The Israeli army has recently killed six residents of Beita during the protests against settlements.

(Source / 10.08.2021)

Tayaqqun fact-check reveals Israeli lies regarding arrested woman

Occupied Nablus (QNN)- Tayaqqun fact-check has revealed that the Israeli army lied regarding the arrest of a Palestinian woman near Huwwwarah last night.

The Israeli army arrested a woman last night and published a photo of a knife, claiming that the lady was carrying.

Tayaqqun fact-check revealed that the photo was published by the Israeli army a couple of years ago to prove that a young man, who had been arrested at the time, was planning for a knife attack.

“The Israeli army announced that the picture was of a knife which was with the lady, which clearly and undoubtedly proves that the Israeli narrative is a lie”, Tayaqqun said.

Israeli forces had arrested the lady, whose identity has not been know yet, near Huwwarah military checkpoint last night after they opened fire at her.

(Source / 10.08.2021)