'Strong W. Bank economy not enough for stability'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
August 20, 2012 - 11:00pm


A strong Palestinian economy will not be enough to maintain stability in the West Bank, UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said Monday night. Serry was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Israel International Model United Nations at the College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS) in Rishon Lezion. The theme of this year's program was "It's Not All About the Money."


PA grants 4.7 million NIS to West Bank universities
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
August 14, 2012 - 11:00pm


The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance on Wednesday transferred financial aid to seven universities, the PA education minister said. Ali al-Jarbawi said that Al-Najah University, Bethlehem University, Al-Istiqlal Academy, Bir Zeit, Hebron, the Open University and Palestinian polytechnic will all receive the funding, designed to alleviate the financial crisis affecting universities. The total amount of funding to be divided between the seven universities is 4.7 million shekels ($1.1 million).


Minister: Most public sector salaries to be paid Monday
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
August 8, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinian Authority Minister of Finance Nabil Qassis said Thursday that most public sector salaries will be paid next Monday.


Abbas urges donors to support Palestinian budget
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 7, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday urged donor countries to support the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)'s crippling budget deficit. "The PNA suffers a difficult financial situation," Abbas said at a meeting with Toni Blair, the former British prime minister who is now the envoy of the International Middle East peacemakers, known as the Quartet.


'Palestinian homes in IDF fire zones face demolition'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Tovah Lazaroff - August 7, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinians living in IDF firing zones, particularly in the Jordan Valley and the South Hebron Hills, are especially vulnerable to home demolitions by Israeli security forces, according to a UN report issued this week by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “Some 45 percent of demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures in Area C since 2010 have occurred in firing zones, displacing over 820 Palestinian civilians,” the OCHA report said.


Abbas urges donors to support Palestinian budget
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 7, 2012 - 11:00pm


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday urged donor countries to support the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)'s crippling budget deficit. "The PNA suffers a difficult financial situation," Abbas said at a meeting with Toni Blair, the former British prime minister who is now the envoy of the International Middle East peacemakers, known as the Quartet.


VAT tax rise to be implemented in September
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
August 4, 2012 - 11:00pm


The Palestinian Authority will put into effect a recently approved decision to raise Value Added Tax by 1 percent by the beginning of September, a VAT official said Sunday.


West Bank’s Emerging Silicon Valley Evades Issues of Borders
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - July 28, 2012 - 11:00pm


The spotless cafeteria is fashionably furnished with fluorescent orange and lime green tables, and there are table tennis and foosball tables in the basement. What else could it be but a tech start-up, even here?


Palestinian women breaking into business
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
July 14, 2012 - 11:00pm


From corner fruit stalls in Hebron to chic Ramallah ballet studios, Palestinian women are making their mark in business, some out of necessity and others looking to break the gender mould and pursue a dream. For Shyrine Ziadeh, a 24-year-old Birzeit University graduate, that dream was to open a dance studio.


Israeli settlements can face trade bans, says counsel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Donald MacIntyre - July 8, 2012 - 11:00pm


European governments, including Britain's, have received legal opinion from a leading international counsel who argues they would be fully within their rights to ban trade with Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.



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