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5 ways Palestinian startups are shaping their society (Teresa Belardo, WEF)

  • The Middle East and North Africa are home to a vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem and are increasingly drawing attention from international investors.
  • Young Palestinians are exploring innovative avenues to support their economy’s post pandemic recovery.
  • From health to education to affordable energy, Palestinian startups are shaping their society.

This is how Palestinian startups are shaping their society | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Japan Palestine

Japan and Palestine confirm grant deal worth more than $9m (Arab News Japan)

Japan signed an agreement to provide Palestine with 1 billion yen (approximately $9.17 million) based on an “economic and social development plan”, the foreign ministry in Tokyo said.

Japan and Palestine confirm grant deal worth more than $9m (arabnews.com)

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Palestine

Palestine: Femicide highlights need for domestic violence law (Zena Al Tahhan, Al Jazeera)

In the early hours of November 22, Sabreen Yasser Khweira, 30, was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband in a small Palestinian village on the outskirts of occupied Ramallah.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) police found Khweira’s body inside her home in the village of Kufr Ni’ma.

Palestine: Femicide highlights need for domestic violence law | Occupied West Bank | Al Jazeera

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Palestine

Arrested development and poverty take a $57 billion economic toll in Palestine (UN News)

Following Israeli closures, restrictions and military operations, the West Bank has suffered two decades of arrested development and poverty, according to a report published on Wednesday by the UN trade and development body, UNCTAD.

Arrested development and poverty take a $57 billion economic toll in Palestine | | UN News

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Israel Palestine

Palestinian activists hacked by Israeli firm NSO spyware: Report (Al Jazeera)

Spyware from the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group was detected on the mobile phones of six Palestinian human rights activists, in the first known instance of Palestinian activists being targeted by the military-grade Pegasus spyware.

The non-profit Frontline Defenders disclosed its findings on Monday in a joint technical report together with Amnesty International and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which independently confirmed the results.

Palestinian activists hacked by Israeli firm NSO spyware: Report | News | Al Jazeera

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Israel Palestine

Sheikh Jarrah: Can a new ‘popular solidarity’ save the neighbourhood from evictions? (Aseel Jundi, Middle East Eye)

Palestinian families facing expulsion from their homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah are currently considering their next step after they rejected an Israeli court’s proposal that would eventually lead to their eviction in favour of Jewish settlers.

Saleh Diab, a resident of Sheikh Jarrah who is threatened with eviction, told Middle East Eye that the Palestinian refusal of the compromise offered by the court is an appropriate decision as the settlers themselves also refused it.

Sheikh Jarrah: Can a new ‘popular solidarity’ save the neighbourhood from evictions? | Middle East Eye

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Israel Palestine

Investigation claims two Israeli citizens ‘kidnapped’ overseas (Middle East Eye)

An investigative documentary by Al Jazeera on Friday aired audio and video recordings showing two purported Israeli “officers” held captive abroad by a group called “The Freedom Movement”.

The investigation, part of the Ma Khafia Kan Azam (Arabic for “What is hidden is greater”) programme, cited a new movement calling itself “Freedom” as saying it had kidnapped two Israeli officers while they were carrying out “a secret security mission” outside Israel.

Investigation claims two Israeli citizens ‘kidnapped’ overseas | Middle East Eye

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Palestinians say no to work in settlements (Al Monitor)

Hala Abdel Karim, 36, is among 42 female entrepreneurs who were selected by the Ma’an Development Center to receive a financial grant and set up their own business as part of the “No to Work in Settlements” project. She lives in the village of Zbeidat located in the Jordan Valley on the border between the Palestinian territories and Jordan.

She spends her day working on her farm in the Jordan Valley, which stretches over about 650 dunums, as she grows and picks aromatic herbs, especially basil, for export to foreign countries. This came as an alternative to her work in the Israeli settlements, which resulted from the lack of opportunities in the Palestinian labor market.

Palestinians say no to work in settlements – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Israel Palestine

As Israel threatens power cuts, how can Palestine pay its bills? (Ali Harb, Al Jazeera)

The Palestinian Authority’s finances are at a “breaking point”, a United Nations official warned on October 20th. But that didn’t stop Israel’s state-owned electric company from reportedly threatening a week later to cut power to the occupied West Bank if the PA didn’t pay $120m in overdue bills.

The threat to plunge Palestine into darkness is a recurring one, but it has renewed focus on the increasingly dire state of the PA’s books, and the role Israel continues to play in further hobbling the occupied West Bank’s already crippled economy when it can least afford it.

As Israel threatens power cuts, how can Palestine pay its bills? | Israel-Palestine conflict News | Al Jazeera

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