EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) at a media conference with PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem November 7, 2014. (photo credit:REUTERS)
The EU on Tuesday criticized Israel’s move to freeze the transfer of some NIS 500 million to the Palestinian Authority in response to the PA’s joining the International Criminal Court and its declared intention to bring Israelis to the court on war crimes charges.
Also on Tuesday, the Palestinians filed a complaint with the UN against the Israeli decision to freeze tax and tariff revenues to the PA, and France warned the PA it could be harming chances for peace.
Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour, in a letter to the UN, said Israel had “resumed the theft of Palestinian tax revenues in direct retaliation for the legitimate, peaceful steps taken by the Palestinian leadership in the pursuit of justice and for the purpose of protecting the Palestinian people.”
The Israeli decision “constitutes a blatant act of theft and of collective punishment,” Mansour said.
He added that the tax revenues constituted the core of the budgetary funding for governmental institutions, including in terms of education, health, public safety and sanitation.