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Palestinians Protest Against New Income Tax Laws (VIDEO)


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- 17 days ago - palestinechronicle.com
Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Hebron (Al-Khalil) yesterday to reject the Social Security Law which will come in to effect this month



   

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fly b (26)
Friday November 2, 2018, 9:38 pm
Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Hebron (Al-Khalil) yesterday to reject the Social Security Law which will come in to effect this month.

Workers and activists said the open sit-ins will continue until the Palestinian government responds to their demands.

The Palestinian Cabinet announced earlier this week that the law will be implemented in accordance with the timeframe issued by the Social Security Corporation board of directors starting with the organizations that have more than 200 employees.

The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations Network (PNGO), one of several bodies which opposed the law in its original form in 2016, last week called for a broad national dialogue on all proposed amendments to the legislation.

PNGO demanded amendments to the minimum wage in accordance with the increasing living costs since 2013.

According to the new law, all workers are subject to the same percentage of contribution to the Social Security Corporation, with no clauses which provide for workers who receive minimum wage.

Additionally, the families of Palestinians killed by the Israeli occupation may not be eligible to receive benefits from the Social Security Corporation which limits benefactors to those who have lost a family member to natural causes or “due to work injury”.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/palestinians-protest-against-new-income-tax-laws-video/
 

fly b (26)
Saturday November 3, 2018, 9:30 am
TAKE ACTION: This is an urgent and time-sensitive situation. Please sign and share widely!

Demand the Immediate Release of Prominent Palestinian Author Susan Abulhawa from Israeli Detention!

This is an urgent and time-sensitive situation. Please sign and share widely among your networks to ensure Susan's immediate and unconditional release from Israeli detention!

Susan Abulhawa, the Palestinian novelist, has been denied entry at Tel Aviv Airport on her way to the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival sponsored in part by the British Council. Despite the help of a lawyer from the British Council, the US Embassy and the festival organizers who have been on hand to assist, she was been detained by border forces upon her arrival.


She is one of the most commercially successful Arab authors of all time. Abulhawa’s 2010 debut novel Mornings in Jenin, a multigenerational family epic spanning five countries and more than sixty years, looks unflinchingly at the Palestinian question – and became an international bestseller translated into twenty-eight languages. Susan was also a juror among a panel of internationally recognized human rights activists at the recent International People's Tribunal on US Colonial Crimes in Puerto Rico.

At this point, Susan is in detention awaiting a judicial decision regarding her appeal to allow her entry. Festival organizers and the British Council have stated that her participation is a cornerstone of the festival and very much needed.

We demand the immediate release of Susan Abulhawa and a guarantee that she will be able to travel and participate in the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival without any further incident. As a prominent Palestinian author, she deserves to be allowed to attend the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival in her birthright county.


Below is the contact info for the US Embassy of Israel to ask that she be allowed entry to participate. (https://www.science.co.il/Embassy.php)



In addition to signing this petition, please contact these US officials to demand they assist in assuring Abulhawa's speedy release and permission to travel to the festival.

Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the United States


202-364-5500

David Friedman, US Ambassdor to Israel

Sen. Robert Casey, PA

202-224-6324

Sen. Patrick Toomey, PA


202-224-4254

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick


202-225-4257

To: Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to US; David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel; Sen. Robert Casey, PA; Sen. Patrick Toomey, PA; Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, PA;
From: [Your Name]


We demand the immediate release of Susan Abulhawa and a guarantee that she will be able to travel and participate in the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival without any further incident. As a prominent Palestinian author, she deserves to be allowed to attend the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival in her birthright county.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/release-susan-abulhawa
 
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