Israel seizes $39m from tax revenues collected on behalf of PA

Middle East Monitor  /  January 7, 2023

In response to the success of United Nations (UN) initiatives, on Friday Israeli occupation authorities decided to seize NIS139 million ($39 million) from tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Israeli media reported.

Last Friday, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution requesting that the International Court of Justice weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli annexation and the “legal status of the occupation.”

The new Israeli government pledged to take punitive measures against the PA should it promote its initiatives at the UN.

After the success of the PA’s initiative, the Israeli security cabinet approved the sanctions, which included seizing tax revenues Israel collects on behalf of the PA and paying them to Israeli victims of “terrorism”.

They also included deducting the payments the PA makes to Palestinians imprisoned or killed by the Israeli occupation and their families, freezing Palestinian construction in much of the occupied West Bank and cancelling Palestinian VIP benefits.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesperson of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the measures announced by the Israeli occupation’s government in response to Palestine’s move at the UN: “Are condemned and rejected.”

In a statement, he expressed: “Palestinian rights are non-negotiable, and our Palestinian people and its leadership are capable of protecting Palestinian rights that have been endorsed by the resolutions of international legitimacy, whatever the price.”

He added: “We will continue our political, diplomatic and legal struggle to end the Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine and its capital, East Jerusalem.”

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas strongly condemned the Israeli punitive measures against the PA and called on it: “Not to give in to such threats and work towards prosecuting the Israeli occupation leaders for their violations against the Palestinian people’s rights, land and holy places.”


PA: ‘Israel’s measures will not discourage our people, leadership’

Middle East Monitor  /  January 7, 2023

The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced on Friday that Israeli measures – cutting $39 million from its tax revenues – will not discourage Palestinians or their leadership.

In a statement issued by the PA’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the PA condemned the Israeli cabinet’s approval of a set of sanctions against it in response to the Palestinian leadership’s decision to go to the International Court of Justice.

The Foreign Ministry urged that these sanctions reflect the racist and colonial policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government against Palestinians.

It also said that these sanctions amount to a: “Flagrant violation of Israel’s obligations as an occupying power and a persistence in Israel’s rebellion against international law and signed agreements.”

Meanwhile, the ministry stressed: “These, along with other Israeli measures, will not discourage our people and our leadership from continuing the struggle and the political, diplomatic and legal action to provide international protection for our people.”

The PA also asserted that it will not stay silent as it pledged: “To put an end to Israel’s continued impunity from accountability to end its occupation of the land of the State of Palestine.”

Concluding its statement, the PA’s Foreign Ministry called on the US administration to intervene to stop the implementation of the Netanyahu government’s policies: “Which are hostile to our people and peace.”