Published on Jan 29, 2015
Israel has decided to reduce electricity supplies to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, citing a debt of more than 450-million dollars.
The move comes weeks after Israel froze the Palestinian Authority’s tax revenues in retaliation for joining the International Criminal Court. Private Palestinian firm JDEC, which distributes energy in the occupied territories, has condemned the Israeli move as collective punishment. Israel Electric Corporation says supply to the West Bank will be cut for an hour each morning and another hour at night. It said the measure will remain in place until the Palestinian Authority begins to settle its debts. Back in 2012, Tel Aviv again delayed payments to Palestinians following a UN vote acknowledging Palestine as a non-member state.