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Economic Situation in PA Areas Worsening

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7 Aug 2019
Economic Situation in PA Areas Worsening
Reports out of the Palestinian Authority administered areas indicate that difficult economic conditions are having an increasingly negative effect on the lives of ordinary people. “For the last seven months, we have been paid half of our salaries. Teachers and public employees can barely buy basic goods for their families,” Hilmi Hamdan, general secretary of the Palestinian Teachers Union, told The Media Line. He added that despite the hardships, the majority of Palestinians support the PA’s position of refusing to accept tax revenues and import duties collected by Israel.

“The Palestinian people as a whole are being affected due to Israeli occupation policies and its financial blackmail of the PA. Israeli policies" Hamdan continued, "aim to pressure our leadership to accept the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ [the Trump Administration's peace plan] and end the Palestinian cause…we stand with the PA and its position.”

Tensions Escalating Over Iranian Tanker Seizures
Saudi Arabia Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih met on Tuesday in Washington with U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Following the meeting, he tweeted that  it "dealt with the two countries' concern over threats targeting freedom of maritime traffic in the Arabian Gulf. We affirmed our determination to work together to ensure the security of global energy supplies." Also on Tuesday, the owner of the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero issued a statement that the continued detention of the ship and its crew by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was "unacceptable and unjustifiable."

The statement by Stena Bulk's chief executive and president Erik Hanell also said, speaking of the crew, that "although they remain in good health considering the circumstances, we continue to be concerned about their welfare given the amount of time they have been in confinement."

Here is a video about the current situation with Iran and Israel’s role in it

Israeli Satellite Successfully Launched Into Space
The Amos-17 communications satellite, a project of Israeli firm Spacecom, was successfully launched into orbit from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station overnight Tuesday. "As a leading multi-regional satellite operator, Spacecom is introducing the most technologically advanced satellite with HTS beams to service Africa where AMOS-17 will deliver a large selection of services to a variety of broadcast, broadband and telecom clients," Spacecom CEO and president David Pollack said.

Litzman Receives Support Following Indictment Recommendation
Deputy Health Minister and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) leader Rabbi Ya'acov Litzman, who police have recommended be indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust for the role he allegedly played in interfering in the extradition to Australia of alleged pedophile Malka Leifer, received strong support Tuesday from several prominent leaders in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox (haredi) and Religious-Zionist communities. Litzman is also facing charges of fraud, obstruction of justice and breach of trust in another case.

A statement released by his office Tuesday said that "[Deputy] Minister Litzman has worked throughout his years for the benefit of Israeli citizens, with complete transparency and by law. The office of Litzman has a clear, open-door policy to assist the public. This is without discrimination against anyone, and without clarifying the status of those who call for assistance, except under the law and [with] integrity."


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