Erekat says Israel behaving like 'pirates' in freezing Palestinian tax revenues

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 3, 2015 22:44

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday bitterly criticized the Israeli government's decision to freeze the transfer of tax and customs duties as punishment for its decision to the International Criminal Court.

This is “robbery and an act more appropriate to pirates and not governments,” Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said of the decision to temporarily halt tax fees critical to running the Palestinian Authority and which are used to pay public sector salaries.

“A few hours ago, we have been unofficially informed that the Government of Israel has decided not to transfer our revenues, which, according to signed agreements, are the revenues they collect on our behalf and are obliged to transfer to us,” Erekat said.


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