Palestinian tech entrepreneurs have written to PalPal CEO Dan Schulman asking for the service, which enables payments online, to extend to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In a statement, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said she strongly supports their efforts, and called on him “to extend service to Palestinians as PayPal already serves the Israeli settlers living illegally among them.” She stressed, “Without access to PayPal, Palestinian entrepreneurs, nonprofits and others face routine difficulties in receiving payments for business and charitable purposes. PayPal’s absence is also problematic for the overall economy as IT is one of the only sectors with the potential to grow under status quo conditions of the Israeli occupation.” About 370,000 Israelis live in the West Bank, alongside 2.5 million Palestinians. An additional 1.8 million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement, which both the US and Israel consider a terrorist organization.
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