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Jerusalem - Israel To Cut Palestinian Tax Transfers After West Bank Killing

Published on: July 1, 2016 12:33 PM
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FILE - Palestinians with low income take part in a demonstration calling the Ministry of social affairs to pay their allocations and providing social assistance, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 15, 2015.  Flash90FILE - Palestinians with low income take part in a demonstration calling the Ministry of social affairs to pay their allocations and providing social assistance, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 15, 2015.  Flash90

Jerusalem - Israel will reduce monthly transfers of tax collected on behalf of the Palestinians in what aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as a response to the killing of two Israelis in Palestinian attacks in the occupied West Bank this week.

The amount deducted from about $130 million sent to the Palestinian Authority (PA) each month will be equal to stipends it pays militants in Israeli prisons and the families of jailed or slain militants, Netanyahu’s office said on Friday.

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“Incitement and payouts to terrorists and their relatives constitute an incentive to murder,” it said in a statement.

Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli and wounded three others in an attack on a family car in the West Bank on Friday, the Israeli army and medics said. On Thursday, a Palestinian stabbed a 13-year-old girl to death in a West Bank settlement.

Palestinian officials did not immediately respond to the Israeli statement, which did not say how much cash would be cut.

Under interim peace deals from the 1990s, Israel collects tax on behalf of the PA, which exercises limited self-rule. The revenues are crucial to running the PA and paying public-sector salaries. Israel withheld tax money in 2012 and last year in response to Palestinian moves for statehood recognition abroad.



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 Jul 01, 2016 at 12:58 PM Butterfly Says:

How much will the United States cut? After all they are killing Americans!! Have you read the front page of your passport lately?

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 Jul 01, 2016 at 01:39 PM ayoyo Says:

Abu mazen and the others who advocate killing jews must be ELIMINATED. period

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 Jul 01, 2016 at 01:52 PM Anonymous Says:

so they will get their money a month later big deal

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 Jul 01, 2016 at 02:03 PM bennyt Says:

Anyone want to bet that Bibi caves in on this within 48 hours?

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 Jul 01, 2016 at 02:51 PM Anonymous Says:

How about reducing the tax payments to zero? Permanently.

But, no. That wouldn't be politically correct. Idiotic Israeli government.

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 Jul 01, 2016 at 03:05 PM fat36 Says:

How about cutting their heads

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 Jul 01, 2016 at 03:43 PM ayoyo Says:

The so called leaders of the palestinian people who say every day 'kill jews' have to be ELIMINATED.

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 Jul 01, 2016 at 04:57 PM Anonymous Says:

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ayoyo Says:

The so called leaders of the palestinian people who say every day 'kill jews' have to be ELIMINATED.

Watch and see how "long" this will last before Obama and the UN and EU y's come crying about the injustice towards the poor innocent palis, and Bibi will then sadly cave to the pressure, as he has every time. These terrorists should be wiped out, not having their payments cut for a day and a half.

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 Jul 01, 2016 at 06:00 PM clear-thinker Says:

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bennyt Says:

Anyone want to bet that Bibi caves in on this within 48 hours?

Sure I'll take that bet. 48 hours? I expect your check Sunday evening.

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 Jul 03, 2016 at 12:56 AM Anonymous Says:

time to build thousands of new homes in hevron and send it thousands and thousands of new families there now. that is the only response to fight this barbaric animals

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 Jul 03, 2016 at 03:35 AM abilenetx Says:

By paying taxes or rent to another entity it means they own the land and you are just rented it. Is that what the Israeli government believes they are the renters of a piece of land and they have to pay their monthly rent??? No wonder the world thinks Israel is an occupier when you pay you are not the owner.

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