PLO official threatens to charge Israel at ICC in the Hague over ‘piracy’


Executive Committee member of the PLO says he will charge Israel of ‘piracy’ at the ICC should Jerusalem enforce a new Knesset bill to withhold funds from the PA that’s equal to their monthly stipends paid to families of dead terrorists, and murderers in prison.

By Gary Willig


The Palestinian Authority will take Israel to the International Criminal Court over recent steps to punish the PA for its continuing payments to terrorists in Israeli prisons and to the families of terrorists, a senior PA official claimed.


Saleh Rafat, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told Voice of Palestine Radio last week that the approval of a bill to deduct sums equal the stipends the Palestinian Authority pays to terrorists in Israeli prisons and payments made to terrorists’ families, deducting them from the tax funds which Israel transfers to the PA.

The bill, which was initiated by MK Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid), was approved last Sunday by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation last Sunday.

Rafat called the bill “unacceptable” and accused Israel of “piracy” and “stealing” the PA’s money.

He also threatened that the PA would turn to the ICC if Israel does not turn over the full tax revenues, and defended the payments as going to “victims of the occupation.”

The PA pays monthly salaries to thousands of terrorists in Israeli prisons. The longer the sentence the terrorist serves, the more money he or she receives on a monthly basis, effectively creating a situation where the more people a terrorist murders, the more money the PA pays him.


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