On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.. Shams: Occupation policies responsible for impoverishing Palestinians

The Center for Human Rights and Democracy Media “Shams” denounced, in the strongest and harshest terms, the continuation of “Israel”, the occupying power, in impoverishing the Palestinian people, whether through deductions from the Palestinian clearing funds under the pretext of debts of the electricity company or on the pretext of paying salaries to the families of the Palestinian people. Prisoners and martyrs, the continued control of Palestinian resources and the adoption of colonial economic policies that ensure that the Palestinian economy remains dependent on the Israelis, which means that the Palestinians remain poor and economically independent, and that the West Bank and Gaza Strip remain an open market for Israeli products and a storehouse for cheap labor.

In a report issued on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, “SHAMS” Center stressed that the historically Israeli colonial policies and the factors they left behind of displacement, displacement, asylum, military occupation and settlement at the expense of the original Palestinian landowners prevented the Palestinian people from forming their natural and independent entity and from controlling and sovereignty over the land. Its resources remain the main factor in the massive rise in poverty in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Shams Center said: “It looks with great concern at the abject failure and severe failure of the authorities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to address the issue of poverty and its neglect at the level of policies, legislation and practices, as the principle of equal opportunities and justice in the distribution of resources and wealth remains absent, and the gap between salaries in the the public and private sectors to reach unprecedented levels,” he added | Unemployment also continues to rise, which reached 25.3% until the year 2019 and doubled with the outbreak of the Corona virus and the closure that it caused in 2020, in addition to the continuous decrease in the average monthly income of Palestinian families in conjunction with inflation, the high cost of living, the absence of sufficient transparency and justice in the distribution of health services and the absence of support Responding to the education sector in intersecting factors compounded the problem and increased poverty and extreme poverty.

Shams Center stressed that the siege of the Gaza Strip by the occupying power is the main reason for the increase and aggravation of the humanitarian situation there, which led to an increase in poverty and unemployment rates, which reached nearly 75% during 2019 and caused 70 % of the population of the Gaza Strip is food insecure. And reduced 33.8% of the population of the Gaza Strip below the extreme poverty line.

The Shams Center stressed that poverty is a very serious violation of human rights, specifically the right to live in dignity and sufficiency, as it is directly reflected on a number of rights, including: the right to housing, health, education, mobility, movement, well-being and others, which negatively affects civil peace and cohesion. community and raises levels of crime a sense of injustice, marginalization and deprivation.

Shams Center called on the Palestinian National Authority to move forward to develop a general and measurable strategy according to a specific timeframe, based on the vision of building a free and effective Palestinian economy that responds to challenges and is free from pressures and interferences, that guarantees the provision of decent and sustainable job opportunities for all citizens, and the application of the minimum wage. Raising it in proportion to the level of poverty, raising the value of aid provided to poor families, enhancing opportunities for the poor to obtain a fair and quality education, encouraging and supporting small and micro enterprises, fighting financial, administrative and political corruption, providing health services, free and comprehensive health insurance, and providing service infrastructure. For development goals and visions, especially in marginalized areas.

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