PA rejects Israeli deduction of 600 mln shekels from own clearance funds 

PNN/ Ramallah/

The Palestinian Cabinet affirmed its rejection of any deductions from its own clearance funds collected on its behalf by Israel, in response to the news circulated by Israeli media, in which it announced the Israeli cabinet’s decision to deduct 600 million shekels from the money, which is the value of the dues of the families of the martyrs and the wounded.

In a statement to the government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem, the Cabinet considered that these deductions are illegal and that the government will not accept them and will remain loyal to the families of the martyrs and the wounded.

The Israeli Cabinet announced yesterday evening that it had approved the transfer of 2.5 billion shekels of clearance funds to the Palestinian Authority, and decided to deduct 600 million shekels.

Walla Hebrew website announced that the cabinet had approved the transfer of 2.5 billion shekels of tax funds to the Palestinian Authority after 6 months during which the authority refused to accept the funds.

The website pointed out that it was also decided to deduct an additional 600 million shekels in compensation for the payments that the Authority paid to the prisoners last year