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PA: World should retrieve our tax revenues from Israel
Published Thursday 06/12/2012 (updated) 08/12/2012 01:31
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority government on Thursday slammed Israel's seizure of its tax revenues after Palestine won a UN status upgrade as a "policy of piracy".

In its weekly meeting, the cabinet urged the international community to put an end to what it called "the Israeli policy of piracy."

Israel's government said Sunday it will use the 460 million shekels ($120 million) of November tax payments to pay PA debts to the Israeli Electric Company after the UN vote admitting Palestine as a non-member state.

"The international community (should) reject this blackmail and compel Israel to transfer our tax revenues," a PA cabinet statement said Thursday.

The government applauded the UN vote as the "fruit of our people’s continued and decades-long struggle to achieve their natural right to self-determination, and a victory for our people’s determination to realize all its national rights."

The Israeli government also unveiled plans on Friday to build 3,000 new settlement units and expedite building in the so-called E-1 area of the occupied West Bank, a day after the UN vote.

Building in E-1 "threatens the possibility of enshrining the Palestinian state on the land occupied by Israel in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital," the government said.

Further they "constitute a flagrant defiance of the international community's will" reflected by the UN vote, the cabinet statement continued. At the General Assembly, 138 member states voted for Palestine's boost in status.

The PA welcomes European efforts to protest the settlement acceleration, but called for "concrete action."

The Palestinian leadership will "engage the UN Security Council to confront settlement construction and compel Israel to stop these activities," it added.
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1 ) JG / USA
06/12/2012 23:15
If you're a dead beat don't be surprised if your creditor takes appropriate action and confiscates your refund. Same as does the IRS. By the way, even after this confiscation, you will still owe a balance to the Israeli gov't.

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
06/12/2012 23:39
The World can NOT retrieve PA tax revenues, and even if it could, The World knows the PA promised to pay for electricity in the Paris Protocol, as part of the Oslo deal, and The World accepts that such legal debts can be collected by any creditor, in this case state of Israel.

3 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
06/12/2012 23:51
@ 1), I understand your points but this situation is totally different. It IS definitely WRONG for us to confiscate Palestinian tax money even though the PA owes our electric company. We basically dictated and set up the electricity distribution arrangements for the Palestinians from the very beginning. Electricity is a NECESSITY for decent living, not a luxury. We set the rates (even if we give them discounts). The PA desperately needs THEIR money. We are not going to collapse or (cont.)

4 ) shirley / australia
07/12/2012 00:11
better for pals to start Disengagment from Isreal tax collection by occupier is illegal and pals have good reson now to start a new process this paris agreement is detrimental to pal economy in many ways but tax collection can not go onpals can not talk state and int law and allow thgis situation to continueit encourages occupationand as for dead beats owing money it is estimated Isreal oews pal workers over abillion dollars workers rights admitted by ISREAL

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
07/12/2012 00:12
go out of business if the PA defaults on its debts. Our government is only doing this to punish the PA for its U.N. upgrade (also very STUPID of us). This always backfires on us like hell. If the PA is having trouble collecting electricity payments from the Palestinians we should work with it (them) to correct these problems, NOT punish it (them) by withholding THEIR tax money and simply applying it to their debts. I strongly tell this to our government every damn time this happens.

6 ) some one / some where
07/12/2012 11:42
what the hell is this you can not pay your bill and they get it from you in this whay you think you are mother of god?

7 ) All this would not / have happened
07/12/2012 19:36
if stupid abbas did NOT unilaterally to the UN violating Oslo/Paris agreement, to get just a piece of paper roll that you can put you know where.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/12/2012 01:51
What? Is the PA suggesting Israel does not have an unrestricted right to seize the property of others? At this rate, they'll be suggesting Israel can't kill whomever it pleases wherever it pleases, or can't forge foreign documents, or...or...even has to respect the agreements it signs! I mean, honestly. This is ISRAEL we're talking about. She gets to do whatever, wherever, to whomever. That's a basic principle. Next you'll be suggesting she's bound by international law or something.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/12/2012 02:15
To 'All this' #7: If 'stupid Abbas' lives long enough, he may get to wave bye bye to you when you get on the plane and leave Palestine for the last time.
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