Sunday Jan. 1 2013, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed a presidential decree on Friday officially changing the name of the Palestinian Authority to the “State of Palestine.” All Palestinian stamps, signs and official letterhead will henceforth be changed to bear the new name. Abbas issued instructions to Palestinian embassies around the world to change all references to the Palestinian Authority to State of Palestine after the UN vote in November.
Palestine was voted in as a non-member state by the UN General Assembly on Nov. 29, 2012.
The Palestinian Authority was established 20 years ago as a consequence of the signing of Oslo, that miserable “peace project” which turned the Palestinians into spies for Israel and the US-Western security agencies. As a consequence, the Palestinian authority replaced the Israeli military police and army in chasing and jailing the Palestinian resistance, protecting the Israeli occupation colonies and lengthening its age.
Since two decades the PA relies on the US-EU-western-Arabs alms, of which more than one of the third goes for the PA police and military system which ONLY protect Israel and replaces the IDF in its dirty mission. Another third of these “donations” goes to other PA bodies, and another third of the donations goes to Abbas himself and cover his travels and feed his bank accounts.
The Palestinian Authority employs some 150,000 people, including civil servants and members of the security forces. About 60,000 of them live in Gaza and served under Abbas before the Hamas takeover, but they continue to draw salaries even though they’ve since been replaced by Hamas loyalists
All the while, the Palestinians are suffering of poverty and high taxes imposed by the PA. Since over three months, Palestinians are protesting the poverty, teachers and unions of workers are on strike and protests, but with no results. Starting in December, Israel halted the monthly transfers of about $100 million in taxes it collects on behalf of the PA. That sum amounts to about one-third of the monthly operating costs of the Palestinian Authority. Fayyad said that he now only takes in about $50 million a month in revenues.