Palestine tax freeze new war crime: Palestine official

Palestine tax freeze new war crime: Palestine official
# 04 January 2015 02:56 (UTC +04:00)

"This decision is a new Israeli war crime, but we won't back off in the face of those pressures," Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said on Saturday.

He added, "Israel is once again responding to our legal steps with further illegal collective punishments."

An Israeli official confirmed that Tel Aviv has blocked the transfer of taxes it collects on behalf of Palestinians in retaliation for their application to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) and file war crimes charges against Israel.

"The funds for the month of December were due to pass on Friday, but it was decided to halt the transfer as part of the response to the Palestinian move,” the Israeli daily Haaretz quoted an unidentified Israeli official as saying.

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