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Israel Withholds 13 Million Shekels of PA Funds for ‘Collaborators’

Israel Withholds 13 Million Shekels of PA Funds for ‘Collaborators’

Friday, 16 August, 2019 - 09:00
Muslim tourists (front) walk up stairs during their visit to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City August 31, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

The Israeli government has decided to withhold some 13 million shekels of Palestinian tax funds in implementation of a judicial decision to transfer 12.7 million shekels of Palestinian financial revenues to the offices of foreclosure in Jerusalem because of judicial cases opened against the Palestinian Authority.

The decision came after the Israeli Central Court ruled in favor of so-called “Arab Israelis” living in the West Bank, arrested by the Palestinian Authority on suspicion of spying for Israel.

According to the verdict, those were held “without any competence by the Palestinian Authority to do so, and the mere deprivation of liberty of these detainees is a cause of harm.” The money transferred will be distributed to “collaborators” with Israel through the Israeli collection authority.

Israeli Maariv newspaper said that after long and exhausting deliberations, the judge ruled almost a year ago that the Israeli court had the power to hear the detainees’ claims for what it called “security crimes” against the Palestinian Authority.

The decision is a new blow to the Authority, which originally refuses to receive the money from the tax revenues collected by Israel, after the latter decided in February to deduct the funds equivalent to the amount paid by the Authority to the families of martyrs and prisoners.

The PLO Executive Committee held a consultative meeting on Thursday and reiterated the Palestinian leadership’s decision to stop dealing with all agreements signed with the occupation.

The Executive Committee condemned illegal colonial expansion throughout the occupied Palestinian territories, in violation of all resolutions of international legitimacy and Security Council Resolution 2334.

The Committee called on the international community and the United Nations to intervene urgently to ensure international protection for innocent people, and to hold the occupying power accountable for its crimes.

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