PA to Pay 60% of Civil Servants’ Wages for Third Month

RAMALLAH, March 4, 2015 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Financial Affairs (MFA) Wednesday announced that public servants will only receive 60% of their salaries for February, as Israel continues to withhold the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority for the third month in a row.

Those who receive a salary of 2,000 shekels ($500) or less will receive a full salary, said an MFA spokesperson, while those who receive more than 2,000 shekels will only receive 60% of their salary, remaining above the 2,000 shekels limit.

Employees also received 60% of their salaries for December and January, leaving the remaining 120% a debt on the government’s treasury, which sought loans from local banks to be able to meet its financial obligations towards its employees.

Israel has been withholding PA’s tax revenues for two months now, in retaliation to President Mahmoud Abbas’ accession to 20 international treaties, including the International Criminal court (ICC).

Abbas’ move came as the United Nations failed to approve a draft bill calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of the Palestinian state within three years.