Palestinian Authority to give 20 million dollars to East Jerusalem residents

While the Temple Mount crisis took place, the Palestinian Authority announced a new plan to financially support East Jerusalem residents. The money will be assist with electricity bills, university education and businesses.
Abbas Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Last Tuesday, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) decided to tighten its grip on Jerusalem. PNA President Mahmoud Abbas ordered a new plan to invest over 20 million dollars in the city. The money will be given to citizens of East Jerusalem to finance their debts, university education and businesses.

A PNA statement read: “The Ministerial Council of the PNA decided to support the steadfastness of the citizens of Jerusalem in the framework of the powers granted to us by the law.”

15 million dollars will go to housing and renovation assistance in East Jerusalem. Another 1,000 dollars will be granted to every business owner and merchant in the Old City for a period of 3 months. In addition, university grants will be provided for students and new residents of the Old City as well as a bonus of 1,000 dollars for 500 ‘guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’

The PNA also decided to pay for the electricity bills of citizens of the Old City for July and August. This, while residents in Gaza suffer from 2 hours of electricity per day.

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