Presidency: Israel’s decision to deduct from PA tax revenues a piracy

RAMALLAH, Any deduction from the Palestinian clearing funds is totally rejected and is considered a piracy of the Palestinian people’s money, President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said in a statement.

The Israeli government decided on Sunday to deduct over $130 million from the tax funds it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority on goods destined to the Palestinian areas for what it claims is the amount of money the PA pays families of Palestinians held or killed by Israel for resisting its occupation.

“The firm position of the President in which he affirmed that we will not accept any harm to the livelihood of our imprisoned heroes and the families of martyrs and wounded,” said Abu Rudeineh.

“We consider this arbitrary Israeli decision to be a one-sided blow to the signed agreements, including the Paris Protocols,” he said.

Abu Rudeineh pointed out that this decision will have serious repercussions at all levels and will be given a priority at the meeting of the leadership led by the President during the coming days.”

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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