Economic Warfare: Israel freezes Palestine tax funds over International Criminal Court bid
Israel announced it has stopped the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian authorities. The Israeli regime has retaliated for last week’s move by the Palestinian authorities to continue it’s membership bid with the International Criminal Court.
The Israeli collects taxes on behalf of Palestine, transferring about $100 million per month, which is nearly two-thirds of the government’s budget.
Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat was quoted calling it a “new war crime” as it is a move that will directly impact Palestinian civilians.
“Israel is once again responding to our legal steps with further illegal collective punishments,” Mr Erekat said.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the decision to continue its efforts to prosecute Israeli officials at the Hague court after the UN Security Council resolution to end the Israeli occupation failed by one vote last week.
The rhetoric is increasing and will bring confrontation closer.
Israel is looking at ways to prosecute senior Palestinians for war crimes in the United States and elsewhere in response to Palestinian steps to join the International Criminal Court, an Israeli official said on Saturday.
The Palestinians delivered to UN headquarters in New York on Friday documents on joining the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and other global treaties, saying they hoped to achieve “justice for all the victims that have been killed by Israel, the occupying power.”
The Hague-based court looks at cases of severe war crimes and crimes against humanity such as genocide.
The Israeli official said Palestinian leaders “ought to fear legal steps” after their decision to sign onto the Rome Statute.