Israel stopped transfer of tax collected from Palestinians to Palestinian Authority Government

Jan 5, 2015 14:14 IST

Israel on 3 January 2015 decided to stop the transfer of about 500 million shekels (127.6 million US dollars) of taxes to the Palestinian Authority Government. The taxes were collected on behalf of the Palestinians for the month of December 2014.

The decision to withhold the Palestinian tax receipts was made at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel’s step comes in retaliation against Palestinians move to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour on 2 January 2014 had submitted the Palestinian application to the ICC to the UN’s top legal affairs official, Stephan Mathias, at the UN headquarters in New York.

Under the application, the envoy had requested to grant retroactive jurisdiction to the court to cover war crimes allegedly committed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) during Operation Protective Edge.


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