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  • A very active Sunday in Palestine

    A very active Sunday in Palestine | Photo: EFE FILE

Published 29 July 2018

Sunday has been a very active day for Palestine.

Sunday started with the liberation of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi from Israeli custody after eight months of incarceration, who became a significant figure in the resistance after standing up to Israeli armed forces. "The resistance will continue until the end of the occupation," said Ahed Tamimi in a press conference after her release. Sunday has been a very active day for Palestine.

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Ahed and her mother, Nariman Tamimi was also freed on Sunday after eight months in jail on similar charges as her daughter, gave a press conference in their hometown Nabi Saleh, where they praised and thanked their supporters. "My happiness is not complete without my sisters [Palestinian female prisoners], who are not with me. I hope that they will also be free," Ahed told local and international reporters Sunday hours after her release.

On Sunday Israel had intercepted a small international humanitarian fleet headed to Palestine, in an attempt to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip in order to give humanitarian aid.

 

The fleet was composed of three ships boarded by activists from 18 countries, and carrying around 10.000 euros in medical supplies. The fleet had been traveling for around 3 months and was intercepted by Israeli authorities 60 nautical miles away from Palestine. Now the ships are being escorted by Israel authorities and on their way to the port Ashkelon. 

U.S. President Donald Trump, after calling the Palestinian people ungrateful for the money given by his country to "aid" Palestine, decided in February to cut $300 million in funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA). "We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect," Trump said in a Tweet.

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About half of the Gaza population depends on UNRWA aid. The 100th round of the Conference of Supervisors on Palestinian Affairs will start on Sunday at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States will discuss UNRWA's financial crisis and ways to overcome it.

UNRWA was forced to fire 113 employees on Wednesday and announced that another 1000 contracts will not be renewed. This adds to the already high 44 percent of unemployment rate suffered by the blocked Gaza Strip.


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