Palestinian Authority slams COGAT for ‘systemic colonial occupation’

The Palestinian Authority (PA) ministers’ cabinet denounced on Tuesday the Israeli Civil Administration, tasked with carrying out numerous Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, for its role in the half-century occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. The unusually strongly-worded criticism comes as the PA announced in July that it had suspended security coordination with Israel in the wake of a deadly shoot-out at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound that led to increased Israeli security measures at the holy site.

Despite Israel removing the new security measures after nearly two weeks of large-scale Palestinian protests, the PA said in late July that it was maintaining the coordination freeze.
 According to a statement issued following the weekly PA cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the Israeli government has recently issued a plan to “double the number of civilian employees within the occupation’s Civil Administration.”
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