Palestine will not receive tax money Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday.
Palestine â€świll not take any deducted fundsâ€ť from Israel, Abbas said, while addressing a delegation of J Street advocacy group and U.S. Congressmen in Ramallah.
The move came after the Israeli government decided, on Sunday, to deduct NIS 502 million (US $138 million) from the tax money it collects on behalf of the PA.
Israel argues that the amount is being paid by the PA to families of Palestinians involved in attacks against Israeli targets.
Abbas stressed that the PA will continue to pay welfare money to families of prisoners and martyrs.
â€śWe will go everywhere to bring Israel to accountability,â€ť he stressed, according to Al Ray.
Israel collects around $175 million every month in taxes on Palestinian imports and exports on behalf the PA.
Tax revenue represents the PA’s main source of income.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.