A power cut in Gaza
Jerusalem - Sona Adeek
An Israeli-Qatari electricity company has threatened Palestinian electricity company to cut off their power supplies if they don't pay off their debts. They've also threatened to immediately confiscate the property of the company and its bank accounts. The Jerusalem District Electricity Company has called the Palestinian government for financial help.
The Electricity Council of Jerusalem held an urgent meeting to discuss the Israeli-Qatar threats. The Council urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Dr Salam Fayyad to intervene immediately to resolve the crisis.
General Manager of the electricity company Hisham Omari said in a statement to Arabstoday: " We are facing a real crisis. We cannot take the responsibility on our own, the Palestinian government must interfere. It is a mutual responsibility."
The Electricity Council of Jerusalem held an urgent meeting to discuss the Israeli-Qatar threats headed by Yousef Dajani, chairman of the company. The Council urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Dr Salam Fayyad to intervene immediately to resolve the crisis.
The chairman of the company appealed to the citizens to pay their debts. he added that Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jericho might experience power cuts in the next few days in the national Authority does not intervene.
He explained: “ In addition to our interest in maintaining the company's assets and its continuity in Jerusalem. This situation will cause chaos in the Palestinian streets and it could lead to a dangerous situation. The Qatari company could cut off electricity and affects vital parts of city; it is more of a political issue than a financial one.”
The Board of Directors of Jerusalem Company held a series of meetings over the past week to discuss the issue with PM Salam Fayyad, Finance Minister Dr Nabeel Kassis and head of the Energy Authority Dr Omar Katana. They were briefed on the Israeli-Qatari' company's threats and their impacts. They were urged to intervene.