Israel robs Palestinian State.
The United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to release millions of dollars in tax collections owed to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that Tel Aviv withheld after the PA decided to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). I will have a look in the future when the UN must vote for sanctions, if Israel is not doing it. There will be a Veto from the USA.
A senior UN official stated Thursday in the UN Security Council (UNSC) that the blocking of nearly $130 million in tax revenues since January 3 was in clear violation of the US-sponsored Oslo Agreement between the Israeli regime and the Palestinians.
“We call on Israel to immediately resume the transfer of tax revenues,” said United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, addressing the council members.
Israel’s biggest backer, the United States, and the European Union have also censured Tel Aviv’s retaliatory measure in response to the Palestinian application to join the ICC, which would facilitate the investigation of Palestinian complaints of Israeli war crimes in the occupied territories.
Toyberg-Frandzen also told the UNSC that the recent developments had further undermined prospects for the revival of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
He further cautioned that the Palestinians and the Israeli regime are “now engaged in a downward spiral of actions and counter-actions.”
The 15-member council convened on Thursday to discuss the Middle East following its last month’s narrow rejection of a resolution on Palestinian statehood, which was strongly challenged by Washington.
The US and Australia voted against but China, France and Russia were among the eight countries that backed the resolution, leaving it just one vote shy of the nine required for adoption.
The UNSC meeting came as Arab foreign ministers assembled in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo and decided to engage in a renewed bid to win passage of a council resolution on ending the Israeli regime’s occupation of Palestinian territories