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Apr 22, 2015

Israel must drop restrictions to avoid ban vote – Palestinian FA

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will travel to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders next month to try to avert a vote to suspend Israel from world football’s governing body, Palestinian FA (PFA) chief Jibril Rajoub said on Wednesday.

Rajoub said he hoped Blatter would be able to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lift all restrictions against Palestinian athletes and to treat the PFA as equals.

Apr 22, 2015

Soccer-Israel must drop restrictions to avoid ban vote-Palestinian FA

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 22 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will travel to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders next month to try to avert a vote to suspend Israel from world soccer’s governing body, Palestinian FA (PFA) chief Jibril Rajoub said on Wednesday.

Rajoub said he hoped Blatter would be able to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lift all restrictions against Palestinian athletes and to treat the PFA as equals.

Apr 1, 2015

Palestinians to receive partial salaries as Israel withholds funds

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestinian Authority will pay partial salaries to most of its employees for a fourth straight month in April after Israel failed to transfer revenue it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf, the Palestinian Finance Ministry said.

Israel started withholding around $130 million (88 million pounds) a month in tax and customs revenues in December after the Palestinians announced that they were joining the International Criminal Court, a move finalised on Wednesday.

Mar 31, 2015

Palestinians to ask FIFA to suspend Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestinian Football Association will ask the FIFA Congress in May to suspend Israel, accusing it of continuing to hamper its football activities.

Despite efforts by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ease tensions, the Palestinians remain frustrated at restrictions they say Israel imposes on the movement of their athletes between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Mar 31, 2015

Soccer-Palestinians to ask FIFA to suspend Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 31 (Reuters) – The Palestinian Football Association will ask the FIFA Congress in May to suspend Israel, accusing it of continuing to hamper its soccer activities.

Despite efforts by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ease tensions, the Palestinians remain frustrated at restrictions they say Israel imposes on the movement of their athletes between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Mar 25, 2015

Suspended tax transfers leave Palestinian economy on the brink

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 25 (Reuters) – Israel’s decision
to withhold $130 million a month in revenue collected on behalf
of the Palestinians is strangling the economy and leaving the
banking system dangerously exposed, the Palestinian central bank
governor said on Wednesday.

Israel stopped the transfer of revenues from tax and customs
duties in January in protest at the Palestinians’ move to join
the International Criminal Court from April 1, when war crimes
charges may be filed against Israel.

Mar 18, 2015

Palestinians want world pressure on Israel after Netanyahu win

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian leaders on Wednesday called for international pressure on Israel and support for their unilateral moves towards statehood after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election win.

Netanyahu’s surprise victory, after pledging in the final days of the campaign that there would be no Palestinian state as long as he was in power, left Palestinians grim about prospects for a negotiated solution to a decades-old conflict.

Mar 11, 2015

For Palestinians, Israel’s election offers bleak horizon

GAZA/RAMALLAH (Reuters) – As Israelis prepare to elect a new government next week, the view from the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza is not one of hope.

The decades-old conflict has barely featured in the campaign, leaving Palestinians with the sense that whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secures a fourth term in office or the center-left opposition pulls off a victory, as the latest polls suggest, little is likely to change.

Mar 5, 2015

Palestinian leaders say they’ll cut security coordination with Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian leaders in the West Bank said on Thursday they would halt the security coordination with Israel which is widely credited with keeping order in the territory and preventing attacks in Israel.

The Palestinian Central Council, whose votes are usually binding on the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, said it made the decision because Israel had breached bilateral agreements, including by withholding tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians.

Mar 4, 2015

Palestinian president calls Israel a “gangster”

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 4 (Reuters) – Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of “gangsterism” on
Wednesday over its decision to withhold the transfer of more
than $100 million a month in tax revenues it collects on the
Palestinians’ behalf.

Opening a two-day meeting of senior Palestinian officials,
when overall ties with Israel and the possibility of suspending
security coordination with the Israelis will be discussed, Abbas
described the tax move as a provocation.