Israel To Cut Funds to PA Claiming it Supports Families of Detainees and Martyrs

PA leader, Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo: File)

The Israeli government has announced a reduction in the amount of tax revenues that it transfers monthly to the Palestinian Authority, claiming that the money is given to Palestinian “terrorists” held in its jails and the families of dead “terrorists”, local media and agencies reported on Friday.

This decision has also come in response to the killing of two Israelis in alleged Palestinian attacks in the West Bank this week.

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered to cut the transfer of tax money collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in response to the deadly attacks that left two Israeli  killed,” Netanyahu’s spokesperson Ofir Gendelman said in statement.

The announcement in the reduction in the amount of tax revenues that is transferred monthly to the Palestinian Authority, is said to be given to Palestinian “terrorists” held in its jails and the families of dead “terrorists”, local media and agencies reported on Friday.

The Israeli spokesperson said that the Palestinian Authority funds “terrorists” and their families by various money-laundering methods:  “Incitement and pay-outs to terrorists and their relatives constitute an incentive to murder”.

Furthermore, “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered to cut the transfer of tax money collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in response to the deadly attacks that left two Israeli  killed,” Netanyahu’s spokesperson Ofir Gendelman said in statement.

Netanyahu’s office, stated that an undisclosed amount was to be deducted.  According to Israeli and Palestinian officials, the tax revenues collected by Israel on behalf of the PA vary between $130 million and $155 million every month.

This decision will create problems for the PA, which already faces an uphill struggle to pay the monthly salaries of its employees.

Israel collects tax revenues on behalf of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority under the terms of the Oslo peace accords

Israel withheld Palestinian tax revenues in 2012 and 2015 in response to Palestinian moves to seek recognition of statehood.

 (PC, Anadolu, MEMO)

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