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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

PA employees want to be paid in shekels, not dollars

Palestine Press Agency reports that PA employees in Gaza are complaining that their salaries are now being paid in US dollars or Jordanian dinars, rather than good old Israeli shekels.

They received their September salaries on Tuesday.

They claim that they are being ripped off because the banks that they withdraw their salaries from are paying some 10% less than the exchange rate between dollars and shekels.

Keep in mind that most, if not all, of the PA employees in Gaza do nothing. They are being paid to not work for the Hamas government there, which has been the situation since Hamas' takeover of Gaza.

Also, if they are so upset at being paid in other currencies, why not start their own "Palestinian pound"? There had been talk about it last May. The world says that it supports a Palestinian Arab state - it would be fun to see how successful the PLO currency might be.

I have a feeling that the do-nothing employees would still prefer shekels.