A standoff over Israel’s withholding of tax payments to the Palestinian Authority has drawn mounting complaints of hardship in the West Bank, where civil servants have seen their salaries slashed and some teachers don’t have enough cash to commute to work, according to officials.
Benjamin Netanyahu has secured his fourth term as Israel’s prime minister, thanks in no small part to his last-minute embrace of outright alarmism and intransigence. In the last few days of a bitter campaign, he vowed never to allow the creation of a Palestinian state and promised to continue building in occupied east Jerusalem.
The recently released United Nations report on the 2014 war in Gaza meticulously documents last summer’s horror. The reports of Israeli executions of Palestinians, Israel’s aerial assaults on Palestinians in their homes in Gaza and other aspects of the assault have attracted the most attention.
The European Union (EU) has called on the Israeli regime to demonstrate "zero tolerance" for the persisting settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank after an arson attack by a group of settlers killed a Palestinian toddler.
The European Union is making its second contribution this year to the Palestinian Authority's quarterly payment of social allowances to poor Palestinian families living in the West Bank and Gaza. This contribution, channelled through PEGASE, amounts to €13.6 million and is funded by the European Union (€12.6 million) and the Government of Spain (€1 million).
A United Nations special coordinator on Saturday extended his condolences to the Palestinian people after the death of Saad Dawabsha, father of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha who was killed in a suspected settler attack in Duma village near Nablus on July 31.