Income of Palestinian households continues to decline
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said Monday that the median monthly income has decreased from NIS 2,500 (some $555) before Alaqsa Intifada to NIS 1,600 ($355) during 2nd quarter of this year.
In a press release on "Main Findings of the Survey on the Impact of Israeli Measures on the Economic Conditions of the Palestinian Households", the PCBS indicated that 226,000 Palestinian households lost more than 50% of their usual income, and about 22,6% of households in Gaza Strip suffered from highly critical living conditions regarding households income.
Results indicated that the median monthly income in the Palestinian territories has gone down from NIS 2,500 before Alaqsa Intifada to NIS 1,600 during 2nd quarter of this year. This decrease varies by region; the median monthly income decreased in the West Bank from NIS 3,000 to NIS 2,000 while in the Gaza Strip it dropped from NIS 1,500 to NIS 1,200.
Results of the survey indicated that 59.7% (362,000 households) of the Palestinian households saw their income decrease during Al-Aqsa Intifada, of which 62.5% (226,000 households) lost more than 50% of their usual income during Al-Aqsa Intifada, while 63.3% (159,000 households) of the households decreased their income in the West Bank compared with 52.3% (67,000 households) in Gaza Strip.
Referring to the income sources, results of the survey showed that the main income source of the Palestinian households during 2nd Quarter 2004 was wages and salaries from private sector, (30.7%), followed by wages and salaries from public sector employment (19.9%) and from households projects (14.2%). (menareport.com)
albawaba [30 Aug 2004|07:56am]
Palestinian girl wounded by Israeli missile as mother of prisoner dies during hunger strike
An Israeli gunship helicopter on Monday fired a missile toward a car carrying four Palestinian activists, but missed and hit a nearby home instead. The incident took place in the West Bank city of Jenin. A Palestinian girl was reported wounded. The four were members of Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.
Also in the West Bank, a Palestinian woman was killed early Monday when an Israeli settler ran her over in Qalqilya city, witnesses said. They told reporters that an Israeli vehicle ran Hasna Abu Farda 60, over, due to which she was killed. Abu Farda was on her way to Habla village, WAFA reported.
Meanwhile, a mother of a Palestinian prisoner from Nablus city died late on Sunday, suffering from a heart attack after going on a hunger strike in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners, behind Israeli bars, local sources said.
They told WAFA that 'Aisha al-Zibn, 55, died after suffering from a heart attack as she was going on a hunger strike for 16 days.
Residents from the city conveyed that al-Zibn was the mother of Ammar al-Zibn, a prisoner with 27 life-time imprisonments behind Israeli bars. Al-Zibn's son Bashaar was killed during the intifada broke out in 1987.
In Tubas, Israeli soldiers arrested five Palestinians in Tammoun after storming it, local sources said. The five included Sameer 35, Bassim 26, Kaied Bany Awda, Azmy Abdel Waly 26, and an unidentified fifth, the sources added.
In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources reported early Monday that an unidentified civilian was killed by Israeli fire in Abu Safiya area of Beit Hanoun city.
In Khan Younis, Palestinian medical sources reported that a civilian was wounded when Israeli troops opened heavy machineguns on houses in the area to the west of the city. Wissam Abu Zarka 19, was hit with shrapnel in the head, they added.
Also in the area, an Israeli was lightly wounded Monday morning by shots fired at an Israeli post close to the town of Khan Yunis, Haaretz reported. (albawaba.com
cni stuff [30 Aug 2004|07:54am]
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 15:11:59 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: Urge Senators Not to Endorse Israel's Illegal Wall
Urge Senators Not to Endorse Israel's Illegal Wall
We are asking our supporters to urge their Senators NOT to endorse Israel's illegal wall. Below are some suggestions for how to get involved. If you belong to an organization that might be interested in joining scores of other organizations petitioning the Senate, please see: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/art
Urge your Senators not to endorse the illegal wall Israel is building in the Palestinian West Bank.
On July 9, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the wall Israel is building in the Palestinian West Bank is "contrary to international law" and that Israel must cease its construction, dismantle it, and pay reparations to those damaged by it. Members of Congress who support Israel's military occupation responded by introducing legislation condemning the ICJ ruling and backing Israel's illegal wall. The House quickly passed a resolution to this effect in July but a sizeable number of Members of Congress voted against it or abstained, partly as a result of your efforts.
A similar resolution - Senate Resolution 408 - was introduced in the Senate on July 20 but was not voted on before the Congressional recess in August. The Senate is likely to vote on it sometime after it reconvenes following Labor Day.
Your efforts to educate your Senators about the importance of following a policy of human rights and international law toward Israel and Palestine can make a huge difference!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
1) If you belong to an organization that would endorse a letter to each Senator urging him/her to vote no or abstain on Senate Resolution 408, please obtain their endorsement now. Endorsements are due by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6. To register the organization's name, visit the US Campaign website. To endorse the letter, please visit: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/petitio
2) Contact your Senators personally and urge them to vote no or abstain on Senate Resolution 408. Constituent phone calls, faxes, and emails are important in educating your Senators.
TALKING POINTS FOR SENATE RESOLUTION 408 (with thanks to the US Campaign):
This resolution is one-sided and unproductive. It calls attention to Israeli civilian casualties but fails to mention the far greater number of Palestinian civilian casualties. This resolution suggests no positive steps to bring about a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on human rights and international law.
This resolution incorrectly implies that Israel's security concerns trump Palestinian human rights and that the ICJ advisory opinion diminishes Israel's right to self-defense. In fact, the ICJ opinion stated that Israel "has the right, and indeed the duty, to respond in order to protect the life of its citizens." The court noted, however, that the "measures taken are bound nonetheless to remain in conformity with applicable international law" (Para. 142), which the wall does not.
This resolution fails to mention that the Israeli Supreme Court also recognized that Israel is occupying the West Bank and that the wall is violating Palestinian human rights. On June 30 it ruled Israel has held the West Bank "in belligerent occupation" since 1967 and "the route which the military commander established for the security fence - which separates the local inhabitants from their agricultural lands - injures the local inhabitants in a severe and acute way, while violating their rights under humanitarian international law." (HCJ 2056/04, Para. 1 & 60.) On August 24, the Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli Attorney General Menahem Mazuz is recommending that Israel formally declare that the 4th Geneva Convention, which formed the basis of the ICJ advisory opinion, applies to its military occupation of the West Bank.
This resolution also fails to mention that the US judge on the ICJ, Judge Thomas Buergenthal, while voting against the majority ruling on procedural grounds, nevertheless concludes that Israel must comply with international law. In a separate declaration, Judge Buergenthal stated: "I share the Court's conclusion that international humanitarian law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, and international human rights law are applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory and must there be faithfully complied with by Israel. I accept that the wall is causing deplorable suffering to many Palestinians living in that territory. In this connection, I agree that the means used to defend against terrorism must conform to all applicable rules of international law and that a State which is the victim of terrorism may not defend itself against this scourge by resorting to measures international law prohibits." (Para. 2.)
This resolution contradicts the ICJ advisory opinion on the responsibilities of all states. According to the ruling, "All States are under an obligation not to recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall and not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction." (Para. 163(D).) By actively supporting the wall, the Senate is violating the ICJ advisory opinion.
This resolution further isolates US policy toward Israel and Palestine from the international consensus. On July 20, the United Nations General Assembly voted 150 to 6 with 10 abstentions to demand that Israel comply with the ICJ advisory opinion to dismantle its illegal wall in the West Bank. The only countries voting no were the United States, Israel, Australia, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. The United States must work with the international community to implement a just and lasting peace based on human rights and international law.
This resolution undermines human rights, international law, and international institutions. The ICJ rendered an advisory opinion after the proper submission to it of a legal question by the United Nations General Assembly. The advisory opinion was based on sound principles of human rights and international law. Senate rejection of this advisory opinion signals to the world U.S. contempt for human rights and international law and the deliberations of international institutions that play a vital role in the pacific resolution of disputes.
This resolution draws several false analogies. It mentions Israel's "security fence" that surrounds the Gaza Strip and cites it as a positive example of reducing acts of terrorism. The resolution fails to mention that the Gaza fence is built on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip (although Israel is also building a wall on Palestinian land on the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt). The resolution also mentions "security fences" created by the United States, Korea, and India but fails to mention that these too are situated on recognized borders or cease-fire lines. The wall Israel is building in the West Bank cuts deeply into Palestinian territory. Good fences make good neighbors only when the fence is situated on one's own property.
This resolution is factually inaccurate. It states that Oslo peace process permits the "security fence" when in fact the sponsors of the resolution do not cite one clause in any agreement signed by Israel and the PLO that permits Israel to unilaterally confiscate land to build a wall on Palestinian territory.
3) Circulate a petition to your Senators urging them to vote no or abstain on Senate Resolution 408. Constituents in Washington State have circulated a petition to Sen. Patty Murray, who cosponsored the resolution, asking her to withdraw her sponsorship. More than 500 Washington voters have signed the petition so far. If you are a Washington voter and would like to add your name to the petition, please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The text of the petition can be found at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/art
4) Write an op-ed or a letter to the editor in opposition to Senate Resolution 408. Send your op-ed or letter to the editor to your Senators regardless of whether or not it gets published. If you get published, please send a copy to us so that we can post it on our website. For your article, feel free to use language from our talking points above. Contact information for your local media can be found at: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/d
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