Hamas in Gaza says it won't be cowed by Abbas' threats

Apr 29, 2017, 23:47

Palestinians protesters block a major West Bank road used by both Palestinians and Israeli settlers in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, 'Izbat Tabib, Qalqilya, West Bank, April 27, 2017.

Israeli authorities deal with the PA on electrical and fuel supplies for Gaza because Israel does not engage with Hamas, which it regards as a terrorist organization.

Residents of the Gaza Strip are again set to be victims of the continually-spiraling animus between the Fatah and Hamas Palestinian factions after the Palestinian Authority officially informed Israel's Coordinator of Government Affairs in the Territories that it would halt payments for electricity in the Gaza Strip.

The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority has told Israel that it will stop paying for electricity supplied to the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials say.

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Ramallah also coordinates with Israel with a view to providing Gaza with electricity and supervising the import of goods into the Israeli-blockaded strip.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported the secretary general of the president's office, Tayyib Abdul Rahim, describing Abbas' meeting with US President Donald Trump, scheduled for May 3, as a "unique opportunity" and "the start of a new relationship".

This is the first significant step taken by the Palestinian Authority as part of its change of policy toward the Hamas government in Gaza. Hospitals, ministries, and many wealthier apartment blocks have generators but fuel is costly.

They also called on human rights groups to pressure Israel to fulfil the basic rights of prisoners. This amounts to 30 percent of the power required by the Strip, at an estimated cost of 40 million shekels ($11 million) a month.

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Shakir, a US citizen, received the visa on arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport and he will take up his position as the New York-based rights group's Israel and Palestine director.

They added settlers razed Palestinian-owned farmlands in the Wadi al-Ghawit area, south of Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank. "Recently, this situation has become the norm leaving Gazans without electricity during most of the day". They probably figure the world will blame Israel for the ensuing humanitarian crisis anyway, so all good.

Another alternative would be the operation of the Gaza power plant. 400 megawatts would be required to provide Gaza with 24-hour electricity.

In the program, Hamas characterizes itself as a Palestinian resistance movement against Israeli occupation, dropping references to holy war against Jews.

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The World Bank will present its findings at a May 4 meeting in Brussels of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, which co-ordinates worldwide donor support for the Palestinians.

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