PA responds to pay-for-slay, will not accept money if deductions made

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  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    PA responds to pay-for-slay, will not accept money if deductions made
    PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that his government was “prepared for all scenarios in case Israel deducts money from the tax and tariff duties.”
    By Khaled Abu Toameh
    February 10, 2019

    Israel’s decision to deduct money from tax and tariff revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority will lead to anarchy in the West Bank, Palestinian officials in Ramallah warned on Sunday. The warning came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel will deduct money from the taxes and tariffs it collects monthly on behalf of the PA, which is then used by the PA to pay security prisoners and families of Palestinians who were killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis.

    Last week, PA President Mahmoud Abbas informed Israel that the Palestinians will reject any money transfer if Israel deducts “one penny” from it, the PA minister for civilian affairs, Hussein al-Sheikh, told AFP. He said that international financial parties and institutions have begun complying with a US request to impose a strict financial embargo on the PA. As a result of the US request, the Arab League was not able to transfer to the PA a $10 million grant from Iraq, al-Sheikh revealed.

    Al-Sheikh later said that the PA will “not allow any act of piracy against our money under the pretext of implementing Israeli law. We affirm that if we have one dollar we will spend it on the families of our martyrs and prisoners.” “We are a people under occupation, which is the ugliest form of terrorism,” he later added. “We have the right to liberty and independence.”

    PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that his government was “prepared for all scenarios in case Israel deducts money from the tax and tariff duties.” He did not elaborate. However, Hamdallah and several senior Palestinian officials said that the Israeli move will not deter the PA from continuing its financial aid to security prisoners and families of “martyrs.”

    A PA official condemned the Israeli decision, calling it “an act of piracy and theft.” He warned that Israeli and US financial sanctions against the PA will lead to a “state of anarchy” in the West Bank. Another PA official accused Netanyahu of using the revenues as part of his election campaign. “Netanyahu wants to show his people that he’s punishing the Palestinians so he can win more votes,” the official said. He also warned that financial sanctions against the PA will lead to “chaos” in the West Bank and “present the best gift to Hamas.”

    PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat, who is currently visiting Egypt, complained on Sunday that the US administration has already cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians. The move, he said, has left road, school and sanitation projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip unfinished. All scholarships to Palestinian students have also been halted, Erekat said.
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  2. Kaatje

    Kaatje Well-Known Member

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  3. DanLMP

    DanLMP Well-Known Member

    Agree with Kaatje. How is this a credible threat?

    Evidently their new tactic of extortion is to threaten not to accept their extortion money.
  4. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    Stupid is as stupid does, whole thing is ridiculous, just get on with it and not pay the money.
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  5. billy swinea

    billy swinea Well-Known Member

    They don't know how stupid they sound!
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  6. Batfan7

    Batfan7 Well-Known Member

    Wow. I don't understand how they think that'll help them... Maybe the thinking is that they'll look more poor and pathetic to the rest of the world and they can claim to be mistreated by Israel? That's the only thing I can think of (and, knowing the anti Israel bias of the nations, it might be a effective tactic!)
  7. greg64

    greg64 Well-Known Member

    So instead of less money, they get none -- brilliant! Maybe as a next step the PA leadership could hold their collective breath until they get their full allotment of murder money. Perhaps new leadership that actually wants real peace could then have a chance at it... Failing that, maybe we could send AOC over there to help them out -- her genius grasp of economic principles will surely have them turned around in no time.
  8. Kaatje

    Kaatje Well-Known Member

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