Public Employees to Receive 60% of Salaries for Second Month in Row

RAMALLAH, February 8, 2015 (WAFA) – Due to Israel’s persistence to illegally withhold the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian authority (PA) for the second month in a row, public employees will only receive 60% of their January salaries on Monday.

The Ministry of Financial Affairs announced that 60% of public employees’ wages will be in Banks on Monday. Employees also received 60% of their December salaries, leaving the remaining 80%, divided in half between January and December, a debt on the government’s treasury.

Israel has been withholding the 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), which came in response to the United Nations’ failure to approve a draft bill calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of the Palestinian state within three years.

On January 29, Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki announced that the Palestinian government intends to borrow money from local banks to partially pay the public servants’ January wages.

The government had borrowed from local banks operating in the Palestinian Territory in early January to pay 60% of the public servants’ December payroll. However, the total amount of the loan has remained undisclosed