Israel to Impose Sanctions on Palestinian Banks Serving Prisoners’ Families

Palestinians in Gaza protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

Israel will impose sanctions and penalties on Palestinian banks which process payments from the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the families of Palestinians who have spent time in Israeli jails, Israeli media reported.

Last February, Israeli Defence Minister at the time, Naftali Bennett, signed a military decree which states that any person or body handing financial aid with the purpose of facilitating, advancing, funding, or rewarding “terror-related offenses”, is committing a crime that carries a punishment of up to ten years in prison and a fine.

Israeli public broadcaster Kan said the military law has been frozen several times by the current Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, for fear of provoking protests in the occupied West Bank.

Last year, Israel deducted part of the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the PA under the pretext that the amounts are used to pay the families of Palestinian prisoners and martyrs,

The Israeli action has added to the financial crisis suffered by the PA, which in turn refused to receive any of the tax revenues.

Israel detains about 4,500 Palestinians, including 160 children and 41 women.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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  1. Each time I read of a new Israeli method of punishing the innocent, I think “Well that is it. It can’t get any worse.”
    Each time I am proved wrong.
    There will be a day of reckoning and the Israelis are building up a debt that their children, or grand-children will be forced to pay.
    “Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster,” says King Solomon (Proverbs 22:8). “You have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil,” (Hosea 10:13). “They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes,” (Proverbs 1:31). In each case, the law of sowing and reaping goes back to God’s justice.
    Good luck with that.

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