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.
'While Palestinian Arabs who live in Israel have citizenship of the state, those who live in occupied Jerusalem, claimed by Israel as its capital, are provided with residence permits.' https://t.co/wgMPwdHLjH via @PalestineChron pic.twitter.com/RiiKeLmtZD
— Ramzy Baroud (@RamzyBaroud) October 30, 2020
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.
— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) October 29, 2020
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)