Foreign Ministry slams Israel’s cut from the Palestinian tax revenues

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The Palestinian Ministry of  Foreign Affairs and Expatriates slammed Israel’s decision to deduct millions of dollars from the Palestinian tax revenues.

The ministry slammed Israel’s decision to deduct 150 million Israeli shekels ($43million) from the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority on goods destined to the Palestinian areas as “an attempt to stigmatize the Palestinian people with terrorism” and as an “act of piracy” and “organized state terrorism”.

“Stealing more funds from the Palestinian people falls under the systematic economic war waged by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people,” said the ministry in a statement, adding that it was tantamount to “a desperate attempt to disrupt the domestic stability and the social fabric.”

It added, “Attempts to weaken the Palestinian Authority and its institutions are central to these Israeli schemes.”

Israel said it will freeze $43 million from the tax revenues, which it says is equivalent to the amount the monthly Palestinian allowance to the families of prisoners and those killed by Israel for resisting its occupation.