Gaza Council of Ministers Weekly Report

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The Palestinian government held its 339th weekly meeting on Tuesday April 29, 2014 in the Council of Ministers in Gaza City, headed by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. The ministers discussed several issues: political, economic, financial, administrative and security. They also discussed the difficulties faced by the Palestinian people living under the unjust blockade.

Reconciliation Agreement
At its weekly meeting on Tuesday, the Gaza government blessed the reconciliation agreement that took place between Hamas and Fatah movements in Gaza last week, and assured its full support for both the agreement and its implementation, saying the present atmosphere is conducive to implementing the reconciliation, completely ending the destructive division and returning unity to the Palestinian people.

The government praised Arabian and Palestinian efforts that resulted in the successful reconciliation, singling out Egypt special mention for its effective and pivotal role for over seven years.

Palestinian Prisoners
Regarding Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, the government criticised arbitrary actions committed by the occupation authorities against the prisoners, especially administrative detainees who are into their sixth day of an open-ended hunger strike.

The government confirmed its full solidarity with the ‘freedom’ prisoners locked in a just strike to put an end to administrative detention, which is in clear violation of the human rights instruments and democratic principles proclaimed by Israel. The government called on all Palestinians, Arabs, the international community and all those who value freedom to stand beside these heroic Palestinian prisoners until they achieve their freedom.

Rafah Crossing
The Gaza government welcomed the opening of the border by the Egyptian authorities for two days to enable travellers, patients and humanitarian cases to leave Gaza. There are now almost 10,000 people waiting to cross, and the government demanded that the Egyptian authorities permanently open Rafah Crossing to facilitate the movement of people in and out of the Gaza Strip.

Yarmouk Camp
The Palestinian government condemned the ongoing siege of Yarmouk camp which has continued for 302 consecutive days, noting the intensification of the humanitarian crisis and the increasing number of deaths from starvation, which which have now surpassed 155. They appealed to all sides to commit to a neutrality agreement in Yarmouk to end the humanitarian crisis due to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Emphasising its full support for current efforts, the Government called for them to be extended to all Palestinian camps.

Palestinian Workers
The Palestinian government greeted all the Palestinian people everywhere, especially mentioning the workers of both genders in all workplaces. It expressed its commitment to meeting their legitimate demands and decreasing their suffering, and said the government will continue searching for solutions to increasing unemployment as a result of the unjust occupation. It announced that International Workers Day 1/5/2014 will be an official holiday for all official organizations.

The ministers expressed their particular greetings and appreciation to all the workers in the Palestinian government in Gaza Strip for their continuous efforts in serving their people despite their employer suffering from financial distress. They expressed their appreciation for their employees’ steadfastness, and assured them that the government is seeking to overcome this distress by all means possible.

European Solidarity Day with Gaza
Events that took place in 20 cities and 12 countries in Europe to express ssolidarity with Gaza and demand an end to the siege were welcomed by the Government, which thanked all groups that have worked and are still working for the Palestinian cause in Europe and the world, trying to end the unjust blockade of the Gaza Strip. The ministers expressed hope that the official European position should be translated into effective action to end the siege and uphold Palestinian rights.

Translated by Abdallah Abulaban

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