Palestinians Protest Israel’s Freeze of Tax Revenues

WEST BANK, January 25, 2015 (WAFA) – Hundreds of Palestinians rallied on Monday across the West Bank cities to protest the Israeli decision to halt the transfer of Palestinian tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, in light of PA’s accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The rallies, organized by the ruling Fatah party and its supporters, saw hundreds of infuriated Palestinians chanting slogans against the Israeli decision and holding banners calling for Israeli products boycott.

Among the protesters were faction officials, security representatives, civil community leaders and multiple other spectra.

On January 4, Israel decided to halt the transfer of around half a billion shekels ($127.6 million) in tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, hours after the latter signed a letter of accession to the ICC.

The signing came in response to the rejection of the United Nations Security Council statehood bid.

Since PA’s budget is primarily dependent on tax revenues, the Israeli move obstructed PA’s ability to pay for public servant wages and pensions, resulting in a growing anger among a total of 170,000 civil servants whose wages for December 2014 have not been completely paid yet.