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Palestinians in the face of occupation and a pandemic

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The recent statements made by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov reveal that the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) income is on the brink of collapse, as it decreased by 80 per cent. Meanwhile, the magnitude of the economic deterioration experienced by the Palestinian people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip might aggravate the crisis in the coming days.

These worrisome statements invite us to consider this new chapter of grievances, which adds to chronic sources of suffering plaguing the daily lives of Palestinians. These grievances come in addition to the tragic repercussions that will deepen the people’s struggles, combined with the ongoing political and economic crisis and critical humanitarian situation in Palestine, and along with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

On the other hand, the propagation of the pandemic led to shutting down economic activities and stalling the livelihood of the population, coupled with the escalation of violations committed by the occupation authorities, including: the confiscation of lands, the isolation of cities and villages, the demolition of homes and imposing restrictions on the West Bankers and Jerusalemites, in preparation for implementing the sinister annexation plan.

The ferocity of the financial crisis shows through the delay in salary payments for government employees in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as the PA has resorted to paying partial salaries for months. On the other hand, the PA decided to refuse tax transfers amounting to about $200 million per month, in response to the Israeli requirement that Mahmoud Abbas retracts the decision to suspend security coordination, after the........

© Middle East Monitor

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