State of Palestine

PM: Palestinian Authority has achieved a Palestinian demographic majority

PM: Palestinian Authority has achieved a Palestinian demographic majority

Mohammed Shtayyeh

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Gaza Post – Gaza

"Statistics have shown that there is a Palestinian demographic majority in the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea." Palestinian Prime Minister  Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Thursday.

At a meeting of the advisory council of the PA’s Statistics Authority, Shtayyeh said that the number of Palestinian Arabs now stands at 6.8 million compared to 6.6 million Jews and as such the world must internalize the significance of demography in order to advance the two-state solution.

Shtayyeh blasted Israel and called it a "racist state", pointing that this is reflected in its actions and procedures.

The high rate of unemployment in the Judea, Samaria, and Gaza is not the result of a mistaken economic policy, said Shytayyeh, but as a result of the policy of "occupation", Israeli control of Area C and the transformation of the Palestinian economy as one that is serving the Israeli economy.

He has recently blamed Israel for the PA’s financial crisis, confirming that crisis comes as a result of Israel’s deduction from the salary that the PA pays to families of Palestinian prisoners and martyrs.

The PA has repeatedly asked for foreign donations in recent years because it is on the verge of collapse due to a worsening financial crisis.

At the same time, it continues to spend six percent of the PA’s annual budget to pay $4.5 million a month to jailed terrorists and another $6.5 million to their families.

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