A man upset over not being given money to visit his sick daughter in Jordan tried to immolate himself on Wednesday during one of several demonstrations against rising prices in the West Bank, Palestinian sources said.
Gaza Strip resident Hussein Qahwaji, aged 37, was stopped from setting himself on fire after he had doused himself with petrol, the sources said.
His five-year-old daughter is receiving medical treatment in neighbouring Jordan at the expense of King Abdullah II, and he had wanted the Palestinian Authority to pay for a trip to be with her. The PA had already given him money to stay in Ramallah.
On Sunday, 17-year-old Ehab Abu al-Nada died, desperate over his inability to find a job, died in the Gaza Strip four days after setting himself ablaze.
Demonstrations against rising prices were taking place on Wednesday for the second straight day in Ramallah and other localities in the West Bank.
Youths blocked the major roads leading into Ramallah and shouted slogans against the government of prime minister Salam Fayyad and the rise in prices.
In Gaza, meanwhile, the Hamas chief of the government, Ismail Haniyeh, met Abu Nada’s family and gave them $2,000 in emergency aid, his office said.
He also ordered that the youth’s brother, Mohammed, be given a government job and that the family receive social welfare benefits.
The Palestinian Authority, which holds sway only in the West Bank after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007, suffers from chronic budgetary shortages. Ministers say it is currently going through its worst financial crisis since its formation in 1994.
SNL imagines Alan Dershowitz and Mitt Romney in hell during impeachment trial sketch
NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
The skit began with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about impeachment.
They were then joined by Alan Dershowitz, who spoke of his previous clients, Jeff Epstein, O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bülow.
But Dershowitz suffered a heart attack and met the devil in hell, where he was reunited with Epstein.
McConnell then showed up and thanked the devil for teaching him "that thing with Merrick Garland."
CNN’s Don Lemon collapses on his desk in laugher as guests Rick Wilson and Wajahat Ali dunk on Trump
CNN anchor Don Lemon was infected with a case of the giggles Saturday night while discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Lemon was joined by two hilarious guests, New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali and Rick Wilson, the author of the bestselling 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever and the new book Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump -- and Democrats from Themselves.
The three were discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview with “All Things Considered” host Mary Louise Kelly, where he reportedly demanded she point to Ukraine on a blank map.
Amy Klobuchar wins endorsement in first in the nation primary from the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) received a big endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.
"If there is to be any realistic challenge to Trump in November, the Democratic nominee needs to have a proven and substantial record of accomplishment across party lines, an ability to unite rather than divide, and the strength and stamina to go toe-to-toe with the Tweeter-in-Chief," the newspaper wrote. "That would be U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. She is sharp and witty, with a commanding understanding of both history and the inner workings of Capitol Hill."