Illegal Municipality Demands Tax of $22,400 from Palestinian

HEBRON, January 21, 2015 (WAFA) – In an unprecedented move, the municipality of the illegal Israeli settlement Kiryat Arba near Hebron has asked a Palestinian resident nearby to pay a property tax of 88,200 Israeli shekel (about $22,400) to the Israeli municipality.

Youth against Settlement, a local initiative against illegal settlement activities, said Abdul-Karim al-Jabari, a Palestinian resident of Hebron, was shocked when a staff from the Israeli municipality of Kiryat Arba handed him a notice asking him to pay the aforementioned payment to the Israeli municipality.

Al-Jabari, whose land is partially occupied by illegal settlers, said that his land is not located within the municipal boundary of the illegal settlement Kiryat Arba, stressing that the decision aims at forcing him and his family to leave his land.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, are all declared illegal by International Law and United Nations Charters.

UN resolutions have stated that the building and expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are considered a violation of international law, including UN Security Council resolutions in 1979 and 1980.

UN Security Council Resolution 446 refers to the Fourth Geneva Convention as the applicable international legal instrument, and calls upon Israel to desist from transferring its own population into the territories or changing their demographic makeup.

The resolution says that “the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.”