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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday September 18th, 2012.
Palestinian President hints to reconsidering the Oslo Accords, meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority says will pay the rest of the salaries as soon as funds are available, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may present the Oslo Accords to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) for reconsideration, a close source of the PLO said Tuesday.
Abbas is considering unilaterally declaring the Oslo Accords and the economic and security agreements derived from it as null and void.
The London-based Arab newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat quoted PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yousef, as saying that the Palestinian president is considering presenting a motion to that effect to the Palestinian leadership once he returns from the UN General Assembly session, planned for next week.
On his part, the PLO Executive Committee Secretary Yasser Abed Rabbo said cancelling the Oslo Accords is a viable option in light of Israel’s denial of the peace process.
The Palestinian Authority has decided previously to delay the legislative and presidential elections until the UN session is held.
Thousands of Palestinians demanded that the Palestinian leadership reconsider Oslo Accords and all the consequent agreements during their protests against the ongoing increase of the cost of living in the Palestinian Territories.
Palestinians believe the hard financial situation in Palestine is a direct result of the Oslo Accords and its derived agreements, most specifically, the Paris Protocol.
In related news, the Palestinian government said in its weekly meeting on Tuesday that it will pay the remainder of the salaries to the state employees as soon as funds are available. The government added that in order to pay the employees part of their salaries they had to cut salaries of the high ranking staff.
In other news, dozens of Palestinians suffered injuries as a result of inhaling tear gas fired upon them by Israeli soldiers operating at the Shu’fat checkpoint in Jerusalem. Palestinians from the Shu’fat refugee camp organzied a march towards the Israeli military checkpoint on Tuesday, but Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated-steel bullets and tear gas causing dozens to choke.
That’s all from Palestine Today; This was the Tuesday September 18th round-up of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, George Rishmawi.