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30 Apr 2007 description

Overview- Key Issues

Government Workers' Strikes Escalate

During April further strikes, including amongst PA doctors, nurses, teachers and local municipal workers, continue to impact the provision of essential services. The strikes have continued in response to the non-regular payment of salaries.

Health sector strike:

The PA health sector remains on strike for the third month in the West Bank (a previous strike lasted for more than three months in 2006/07). The striking unions also announced an escalation in the strike from 28 April as no agreement was reached with the PA.

30 Apr 2007 description

1- Palestinian Finance Under Siege: Economic Decline and Institutional Degradation by Karim Nashashibi, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

2-The Impact of the Palestinian Authority's Year of Decline on its Employees.

30 Apr 2007 description

Executive Summary

The Palestinian economy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS) has sustained significant losses as a result of Israeli measures taken in the aftermath of the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000. These losses were primarily driven by the closure regime, the construction of the Barrier, and, recently, the international economic and political boycott of the PA. Israeli measures on the ground are de facto fragmenting the West Bank, while access to the Gaza Strip is severely restricted.

30 Apr 2007 description

In General

Israeli occupation forces practices (opening fire, verbal and physical abuse, detention, delay and denial of access) against the PRCS emergency medical teams and ambulances continued to violate the basic principles of the International Humanitarian Law.

During the month of April 2007, four PRCS emergency medical teams were verbally and physically abused in the Nablus, Jenin and Jerusalem areas, in Addition one attack on PRCS ambulance was reported.

30 Apr 2007 description

WFP Food Security and Market Monitoring Report provides up-to-date information on access and availability of basic food commodities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). This report examines food security and markets analysis determinants in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), addressing: (i) the market in terms of price fluctuations and differentials (ii) economic access to food by the poorest households and food availability in rural and urban areas; (iii) areas and populations most affected by food insecurity; and, (iv) recent food security studies.

30 Apr 2007 description

Movement within and in and out of the West Bank is controlled by numerous checkpoints, roadblocks, earthmounds and gates. These manned and unmanned physical barriers combined with the Barrier and complex permit regime, restrict the movement of around 2.4 million Palestinians to basic services, jobs, places of worship and even to their families in the West Bank.

The Israeli authorities state that these measures are necessary for the security of Israeli citizens, both in Israel and those living in settlements in the West Bank.