Posted July 07, 2018 11:19:54The Palestinian Authority (PA) is not known for its transparency, and many Palestinians are still uncertain about the fate of Palestinian-owned shops that still operate despite the PA’s closures.
In this case, it’s unclear how the shoe dispenser at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Cemetery in Jerusalem was allowed to operate.
The Palestinian government announced last month that the cemetery would be closed for one month to accommodate the commemoration of the martyrs of the Six-Day War.
It also announced that the tomb of Mohammed Abu Khdeir would be open to visitors.
According to the PA, the Al Quds Martyrs Martyrs cemetery was opened in 2000 after a request by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who visited the site during the Six Day War.
According the PA website, the cemetery “celebrates the martyrdom of the martyred martyrs and the martyrhood of the Muslim nation.
This cemetery serves as a place for the martyr family to honor the martyr, mourn his memory and commemorate the martyr’s martyrdom.”
A spokesperson for the PA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The shoe vending machines at the cemetery were not the only ones at the site to draw the attention of the PA.
There are many other instances where Palestinian-Owned businesses were forced to close due to closures, including the Palestinian-run coffee shop that sells tea and coffee at the Fatah Central Headquarters in Ramallah, the Fat, Al-Arabiya TV station reported.
In addition, the PA has closed several shops that have been operating for several years in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem, in addition to the two remaining Palestinian-operated bakeries in Ramat Gan and Bethlehem.
The PA has been cracking down on the Palestinians’ businesses in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in recent years.
In November, the Palestinians were barred from the West and East Bank after the PA and Israel accused them of being in violation of a 2008 Palestinian law that bans Palestinians from owning and operating businesses.
The West Bank, which is under full Israeli control, has seen a spate of Palestinian terror attacks and clashes, including two suicide bombings and a car attack on a checkpoint near Nablus in December.
Last month, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at a checkpoint in the Gaza border city of Rafah, killing four soldiers.
The attack was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Since the PA announced its closure of shops in Ramot and Bethlehem in 2016, the Palestinian tourism industry has been hit hard.
Many Palestinian workers have stopped going to work, and the economy has been struggling due to a lack of foreign tourists.