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    Palestinians Warn of Burst of Violence if Funds Run Short

    A Palestinian protester throws a stone during a clash with the Israeli military in the West Bank village of Kabatiya, near Jenin, Feb. 5, 2016.
    A Palestinian protester throws a stone during a clash with the Israeli military in the West Bank village of Kabatiya, near Jenin, Feb. 5, 2016.
    VOA News

    A Palestinian official warned Wednesday that the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem could "explode" if funds from international donors fell short this year.

    Finance Ministry official Dana Erekat said he realized there is competition for scarce funds because of crises in Syria and Yemen and the refugee wave in Europe.

    But he said a shortage of badly needed donations for the Palestinian areas could lead to a disaster.

    "If we do not address the needs of these communities, the situation will explode in the way it has in the rest of the region," Erekat said. "This is precisely why donor support at this time is very, very critical."

    Palestinian authorities and the United Nations are making a joint appeal for $571 million for 2016.

    Much of the funds from international donors would go to food and other humanitarian relief for impoverished Palestinian neighborhoods, especially in Gaza, which is still struggling to rebuild after the 2014 war with Israel.

    Poverty, a lack of school and job opportunities, alleged weak leadership and a dim outlook for peace are all contributing to Palestinian fury against Israelis.

    Israel accuses Palestinian leaders of encouraging young people to react violently.

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    by: Anonimus
    February 11, 2016 11:10 AM
    Palestinian leaders have always encouraged young people to react violently. Especially, when their own coffers getting empty. It is typical palestinian black-marketing to get more money by treating with more violence.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 11, 2016 10:55 AM
    I think the Israelis have stopped fooling around with measured responses that don't work to end attacks against them. Hamas spent a billion dollars on those terror tunnels that could have built homes, hospitals, bought food, created jobs instead. They're back at it again. One reason Hamas was elected was because the PLO was so corrupt. How much money did Arafat and his family steal from ordinary Palestinians that was intended as donations for the benefit of ordinary Palestinians? Do you really think with Arafat gone that has stopped?

    What happened to Gaza in the summer of 2014 may be just a taste of what is in store if Palestinians attack Israeli Jews again. Palestinians are in the dire circumstances they find themselves in only because of their endless hatred of Jews and corruption of their leaders. There may come a tipping point where conditions are so bad for them that life will no longer be sustainable and a large number of them may perish. I for one would not shed even one tear.

    by: PermReader
    February 11, 2016 9:53 AM
    Obama`s Israel-hate plays the evil game with the poor Palestinians: breaking ties with Israel,sponsoring the terror, corrupt and impotent PA,incited by Kerry and EU,UN cries and threats! Shame.

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