Month: May 2018

May 31, 2018 Off

PDI Ground Support Systems (PDI) Receives President’s “E” Award for Exports

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Only 43 companies awarded this prestigious honor in 2018 CLEVELAND, May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, presented PDI with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2018.  The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making […]

May 31, 2018 Off

Saudi Arabia provided $6 billion in aid to the Palestinian people: Report

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Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – According to UN data, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s leading supporters of global humanitarian aid and development. The Kingdom’s support of Palestine is one example of the firm stand it has taken to provide impartial humanitarian assistance to crisis-affected people in countries around the world.

For decades, the people of Palestine have received ongoing and extensive support from the Kingdom. Between 2000 and 2018, the Kingdom has provided Palestine with aid and development support the equivalent of $6,051,227,493.

Among the Kingdom’s partners in delivering its assistance in Palestine have been various UN agencies, the Saudi National Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People, and national and international NGOs.

For the past three years, most of the Kingdom’s international humanitarian aid programs and initiatives in Palestine and elsewhere have been carried out by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief).

In a recent press statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief, stated that the Kingdom has provided aid to the Palestinian people in three major assistance categories: development ($4,531,487,015), humanitarian ($1,002,298,330), and philanthropic ($17,330,878).

An additional $200,000,000 was also pledged by the Kingdom � $50 million of this amount to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and $150 million to support the Palestinian Waqf Program in Jerusalem.

Dr. Al Rabeeah further pointed out that the most crucial development assistance provided by the Kingdom was for the $263.17 million program to construct and renovate housing units in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, including Ain Al Hilweh camp and Nahr Al-Bared camp.

The Kingdom funded a $107 million housing project in Rafah (Phase I), implemented through UNRWA, for the construction of an integrated residential city, including 752 housing units for 4,564 people, four schools, a health center, a cultural center, a mall, a mosque, paved roads, streetlights and water supply facilities. Phase II of the same Rafah project included 765 housing units for 4,761 people, two schools, a mosque, and electricity and water supply infrastructure. Two additional projects to provide water and electricity networks and roads were also undertaken at the Ain Al Hilweh and Nahr Al-Bared camps for a total cost of $258.4 million.

According to Dr. Al Rabeeah, the Kingdom has also undertaken the following additional programs, projects, and initiatives in Palestine between 2011 and 2018:

A project to furnish and equip more than 17 medical centers and support some Palestinian hospitals with medical equipment and medications, and another to provide an ambulance and medicines for use by at the Al-Aqsa Mosque clinic (total cost: $58 million.)

A project to develop, expand and equip more than 61 primary and intermediate schools in different parts of Palestine (total value: $125.46 million).

Eight food security projects implemented through the World Food Program (WFP) (total value: $17.9 million).

A project to support Palestinian families (including widows, orphans, and the wounded) was implemented with the Islamic Development Bank (total cost: $250 million).

Support for the Jerusalem Fund ($285 million.)

With UNRWA, constructing shelters and rehabilitating infrastructure ($30 million).

Support for the Palestinian government ($43.9 million).

Joint project with the Palestine Red Crescent Society to provide medical and nutritional services ($53.3 million).

Funding of philanthropic aid to Palestine ($17.3 million); projects included the payment of the full cost for 3,177 Palestinian religious pilgrims to visit Saudi Arabia ($15,330) and a project to provide Palestinians with fresh meat ($2 million).

The Kingdom also provided $300,111,270 through the Saudi National Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People. $100,534,320 of this amount covered the costs for 79 projects in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Palestinian refugee camps. These projects included:

Distributing food baskets and loaves of bread

Canning and distributing fresh meat

Providing flour, milk, and child-related necessities

Distributing clothing, blankets, and bedding

Providing fuel to Gaza Strip camps

The Kingdom has provided ($52,970,191) to help specific groups of Palestinians in need, including:

Families who have lost their primary breadwinners

Families whose homes or farms have been destroyed

Families whose relatives are detainees in Israeli prisons

Families whose members have been wounded, are disabled, or have special needs

Families who are poor

Orphans

Programs to provide employment for Palestinian workers

The Kingdom has also provided $58,946,536 for healthcare and medical sector aid, including:

Assisting patients

Providing treatment for Palestinians in Saudi Arabia’s hospitals

Supporting the Palestine Red Crescent with 132 fully-equipped ambulances

Providing measles and mumps vaccinations

Providing medicines, medical supplies, and dialysis equipment for hospitals belonging to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank

In the education sector, the Kingdom provided $40,252,592 for projects in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank for the following programs:

Support for 11 Palestinian universities

Payment of student fees

Scholarships for 159 students to obtain higher-education degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D.) in Arab-region, European and American universities

Establishment of 12 libraries at Palestinian universities

Distribution of school kits for teachers and students

Construction of a computer center for community development

Vocational training center for women in Hebron

Establishing and equipping eight women’s centers

Construction projects for the West Bank and Gaza Strip were funded by the Kingdom in the amount of $41,745,844, and included the following:

Construction of an oncology center in the Gaza Strip

Renovation of 2,345 housing units in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Construction of 500 integrated housing units with infrastructure in the Gaza Strip

Construction of 100 new housing units in the West Bank city of Hebron

The budget for infrastructure projects was $5,662,103, and included the rehabilitation of the water system and electrical grid system in Nablus, and the construction of desalination plants in the Gaza Strip.

All of these projects, Dr. Al Rabeeah clarified, were provided either directly by the Kingdom, or in collaboration with KSrelief’s partners, including such international organizations and UN agencies as UNRWA, WFP, UNICEF, UNFPA, and UNESCO.

The Supervisor General paid tribute to the Kingdom’s leaders for their keen interest in providing comprehensive assistance to the people of Palestine and reemphasized the Kingdom’s commitment to supporting the universal humanitarian principles of compassion and cooperation between nations and peoples with the goal of alleviating the suffering of all in need.

AG/UNA-OIC

Source: International Islamic News Agency

May 31, 2018 Off

Saudi Arabia provided $6 billion in aid to the Palestinian people: Report

By Web Desk

Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – According to UN data, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s leading supporters of global humanitarian aid and development. The Kingdom’s support of Palestine is one example of the firm stand it has taken to provide impartial humanitarian assistance to crisis-affected people in countries around the world.

For decades, the people of Palestine have received ongoing and extensive support from the Kingdom. Between 2000 and 2018, the Kingdom has provided Palestine with aid and development support the equivalent of $6,051,227,493.

Among the Kingdom’s partners in delivering its assistance in Palestine have been various UN agencies, the Saudi National Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People, and national and international NGOs.

For the past three years, most of the Kingdom’s international humanitarian aid programs and initiatives in Palestine and elsewhere have been carried out by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief).

In a recent press statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief, stated that the Kingdom has provided aid to the Palestinian people in three major assistance categories: development ($4,531,487,015), humanitarian ($1,002,298,330), and philanthropic ($17,330,878).

An additional $200,000,000 was also pledged by the Kingdom � $50 million of this amount to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and $150 million to support the Palestinian Waqf Program in Jerusalem.

Dr. Al Rabeeah further pointed out that the most crucial development assistance provided by the Kingdom was for the $263.17 million program to construct and renovate housing units in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, including Ain Al Hilweh camp and Nahr Al-Bared camp.

The Kingdom funded a $107 million housing project in Rafah (Phase I), implemented through UNRWA, for the construction of an integrated residential city, including 752 housing units for 4,564 people, four schools, a health center, a cultural center, a mall, a mosque, paved roads, streetlights and water supply facilities. Phase II of the same Rafah project included 765 housing units for 4,761 people, two schools, a mosque, and electricity and water supply infrastructure. Two additional projects to provide water and electricity networks and roads were also undertaken at the Ain Al Hilweh and Nahr Al-Bared camps for a total cost of $258.4 million.

According to Dr. Al Rabeeah, the Kingdom has also undertaken the following additional programs, projects, and initiatives in Palestine between 2011 and 2018:

A project to furnish and equip more than 17 medical centers and support some Palestinian hospitals with medical equipment and medications, and another to provide an ambulance and medicines for use by at the Al-Aqsa Mosque clinic (total cost: $58 million.)

A project to develop, expand and equip more than 61 primary and intermediate schools in different parts of Palestine (total value: $125.46 million).

Eight food security projects implemented through the World Food Program (WFP) (total value: $17.9 million).

A project to support Palestinian families (including widows, orphans, and the wounded) was implemented with the Islamic Development Bank (total cost: $250 million).

Support for the Jerusalem Fund ($285 million.)

With UNRWA, constructing shelters and rehabilitating infrastructure ($30 million).

Support for the Palestinian government ($43.9 million).

Joint project with the Palestine Red Crescent Society to provide medical and nutritional services ($53.3 million).

Funding of philanthropic aid to Palestine ($17.3 million); projects included the payment of the full cost for 3,177 Palestinian religious pilgrims to visit Saudi Arabia ($15,330) and a project to provide Palestinians with fresh meat ($2 million).

The Kingdom also provided $300,111,270 through the Saudi National Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People. $100,534,320 of this amount covered the costs for 79 projects in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Palestinian refugee camps. These projects included:

Distributing food baskets and loaves of bread

Canning and distributing fresh meat

Providing flour, milk, and child-related necessities

Distributing clothing, blankets, and bedding

Providing fuel to Gaza Strip camps

The Kingdom has provided ($52,970,191) to help specific groups of Palestinians in need, including:

Families who have lost their primary breadwinners

Families whose homes or farms have been destroyed

Families whose relatives are detainees in Israeli prisons

Families whose members have been wounded, are disabled, or have special needs

Families who are poor

Orphans

Programs to provide employment for Palestinian workers

The Kingdom has also provided $58,946,536 for healthcare and medical sector aid, including:

Assisting patients

Providing treatment for Palestinians in Saudi Arabia’s hospitals

Supporting the Palestine Red Crescent with 132 fully-equipped ambulances

Providing measles and mumps vaccinations

Providing medicines, medical supplies, and dialysis equipment for hospitals belonging to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank

In the education sector, the Kingdom provided $40,252,592 for projects in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank for the following programs:

Support for 11 Palestinian universities

Payment of student fees

Scholarships for 159 students to obtain higher-education degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D.) in Arab-region, European and American universities

Establishment of 12 libraries at Palestinian universities

Distribution of school kits for teachers and students

Construction of a computer center for community development

Vocational training center for women in Hebron

Establishing and equipping eight women’s centers

Construction projects for the West Bank and Gaza Strip were funded by the Kingdom in the amount of $41,745,844, and included the following:

Construction of an oncology center in the Gaza Strip

Renovation of 2,345 housing units in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Construction of 500 integrated housing units with infrastructure in the Gaza Strip

Construction of 100 new housing units in the West Bank city of Hebron

The budget for infrastructure projects was $5,662,103, and included the rehabilitation of the water system and electrical grid system in Nablus, and the construction of desalination plants in the Gaza Strip.

All of these projects, Dr. Al Rabeeah clarified, were provided either directly by the Kingdom, or in collaboration with KSrelief’s partners, including such international organizations and UN agencies as UNRWA, WFP, UNICEF, UNFPA, and UNESCO.

The Supervisor General paid tribute to the Kingdom’s leaders for their keen interest in providing comprehensive assistance to the people of Palestine and reemphasized the Kingdom’s commitment to supporting the universal humanitarian principles of compassion and cooperation between nations and peoples with the goal of alleviating the suffering of all in need.

AG/UNA-OIC

Source: International Islamic News Agency

May 31, 2018 Off

Denmark bans burqa, niqab

By Web Desk

Copenhagen (UNA-OIC) – Denmark has joined a number of other European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as niqab or burqa. In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, Danish lawmakers on Thursday approved the law pr…

May 31, 2018 Off

Denmark bans burqa, niqab

By Web Desk

Copenhagen (UNA-OIC) – Denmark has joined a number of other European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as niqab or burqa. In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, Danish lawmakers on Thursday approved the law pr…