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.”

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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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