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Official: Israeli company to delay cutting West Bank electricity
Published Saturday 01/09/2012 (updated) 04/09/2012 17:13
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The Jerusalem Electric Company owes about 415 million shekels to an
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- An Israeli electricity company will postpone plans to cut off electricity to the West Bank by two weeks, a Palestinian electricity official said Saturday.

Thafer Milhim, director of the electricity systems council, told Ma'an that an agreement has been reached with the Israeli electric company to delay planned electricity cuts.

"We have reached an agreement about a new rate of tariffs with companies and we have focused on families with low incomes," Milhim said.

"As a system council we have issued a call to all companies to commit to those tariffs and in case the companies disobey the law they will be fined and punished and at most their license will be confiscated from them," he added.

In August, the Jerusalem Electricity Company received an official warning from the Israeli Electric Corporation that it would cut off electricity due to unpaid debts amounting to 424 million shekels ($105 million), Hasan Muslih, a member of the JEC's board of directors, told Ma'an.

A major reason for the accumulation of debt is that refugee camps in the West Bank refuse to pay their bills, Muslih said. There is also a disparity in the buying and selling tariff of electricity, he added.

The threatened cut to supplies would affect areas in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jericho, Muslih said, adding that power cuts in the West Bank could become as frequent as in the Gaza Strip.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
01/09/2012 22:46
Israel has realized that as the occupying power she CAN'T cut off the power. It's secondary whether or not anyone is giving her money to supply it.

2 ) southparkbear / usa
02/09/2012 02:30
1 word. cut

3 ) Lights / Out
03/09/2012 00:55
Unless the PA appears at the Negptiations Table, they should say Llights Out & Good Night" to all.

4 ) @ Colin-1 / USA too
03/09/2012 00:59
Israel does NOT "Occupy" Gaza, Area A, or Area B, and these autonomous regions must pay for their energy, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, or expect their power cut off !!

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/09/2012 21:27
To '@' #4 'Israel does NOT "Occupy" Gaza, Area A, or Area B, and these autonomous regions must pay for their energy, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, or expect their power cut off !!' So then Israel has recognized these areas as sovereign and independent states? Israel does not 'occupy' these areas like the Germans did not 'occupy' the Warsaw Ghetto.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/09/2012 21:29
In any case, Israel has probably realized that if she cuts the power, she gets an intifada now, and a worse one than she would have gotten otherwise. ...If she goes ahead and bombs Iran now, and THEN gets the intifada, it's going to be lights out alright -- but not for Palestine.
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