PA condemns Israel plan to expand 4G to 95% of West Bank

4G (Menahem Kahana - AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  February 16, 2021

Palestinian Authority (PA) yesterday condemned Tel Aviv’s decision to allows Israeli cellular companies to expand their 4G services to 95 per cent of the area of the occupied West Bank, ignoring international laws and the legitimate rights of Palestinians, Wafa news agency reported.

In a statement, PA Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Ishaq Sider, said that his ministry is closely following up on this matter with the relevant authorities, including the International Telecommunication Union and the International Quartet’s office.

He said that his ministry is going take the issue to international courts “to put an end to this blatant transgression, through which the Israelis aim to destroy the Palestinian economy and the Palestinian telecom companies that would prevent the development of the Palestinian technological sector.”

“While the Palestinians are still deprived until today of 4G and 5G services, the Israeli government continues to impose a fait accompli on the ground and in cyberspace, which we consider a violation and theft of the Palestinian people’s resources.”

According to the statement, the minister stressed that “this grave aggression is not the first by Israel and that it is part of an Israeli policy that aims to dominate the Palestinian airwaves and resources that are necessary for operating modern communication technology services.”

The ministry called on all relevant international bodies to act immediately to put a stop to this Israeli transgression.