- Israel’s Seizure of Palestinian Funds a ‘War Crime’!
by Dalia Hatuqa, http://www.aljazeera.com/
Israel’s withholding of Palestinian funds is a form of collective punishment, says rights group.
Ramallah, occupied West Bank – A human rights group in Ramallah has dubbed Israel’s seizure of nearly $400m of funds belonging to Palestinians – for acceding to the International Criminal Court – a “war crime” prosecutable by the Geneva-based tribunal.
A new report by al-Haq, the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, outlined the devastating effects of Israel’s withholding of taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinians, calling the seizure “unlawful” and a form of “collective punishment”.
Between January and March, Israel seized millions of dollars of Palestinian taxes in response to Palestine’s accession to the ICC’s Rome Statute in late December 2014.
Released on the day Palestine officially becomes an ICC member, the report, titled “The Unlawful Seizure of Palestinian Taxes: Israel’s Collective Punishment of a People”, said the taxes paid by Palestinian individuals and businesses over three consecutive months amount to nearly three-quarters of the Palestinian Authority’s revenue for that period.
Last week, Israeli authorities announced that the government would release those funds. But Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sources said deadlock persisted because Israel wanted to keep a proportion of the funds to pay for electricity and water bills it says the Palestinians owe.
Al-Haq said that “much of this ‘debt’ is entirely illegitimate, being based – for example – on the sale of Palestinian resources such as water that have been unlawfully seized and sold back to the Palestinian people”.
The cash Israel continues to hold is raised from VAT, import duties and income tax paid by Palestinians employed in illegal Israeli settlements or inside Israel. The seizure of these taxes has led to massive cuts in public sector salaries, which has hit hard many Palestinian families across the occupied territory, the report said.
“Millions of ordinary Palestinians have been unlawfully punished for the peaceful and legitimate actions of their representatives simply seeking to ensure the international legal protections due to all people,” said Shawan Jabarin, the head of al-Haq.
Hospitals and schools have been unable to function properly due to the cuts that have affected staff mobility as well. Shortages of food among families dependent on public salary incomes have also been reported, al-Haq said.
The seizure of funds has also hampered efforts to reconstruct Gaza after last summer’s war, it added. Even the private sector – which relies heavily on public stimulus – has also been hard hit, “with knock-on effects up the entire supply chain, further forcing the Palestinian people into a downward spiral of economic hardship”.
“In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first extensive study of DNA and the origin of the Jews. Her research found that virtually all the Jews came from Khazar blood. Not only that but Oppenheim discovered that the Palestinians—the very people whom the Jews had been persecuting and ejecting from Israel’s land since 1948—had more Israelite blood than did the Jews. In sum, the vast majority of the Jews were not Jews; some of the Palestinians were. Some of the Palestinians even had a DNA chromosome which established that they were “Cohens”—workers at the ancient Temple and synagogues of the Jews.” – Quote
- Mr. Benjamin Freedman, a Jewish industrialist born in New York, wrote in the Economic Council Letter published there of October 15 1947: “These Eastern European Jews have neither a racial nor a historic connection with Palestine. Their ancestors were not inhabitants of the Promised Land. They are the direct descendants of the people of the Khazar Kingdom. The Khazars were a non-Semitic, Turko-Mongolian tribe.” Mr. Freedman was challenged, unwisely, by a Zionist objector; he invited his challenger to go with him to the Jewish room of the New York Public Library. There they could together examine the Jewish Encyclopedia volume I pp. 1-12, and the published works of Graetz, Dubnow, Friedlander, Raisin and many other noted Jewish historians, which, as well as other non-Jewish authorities, “establish the fact beyond all possible doubt”.’
~ Somewhere South of Suez (1950) pp349-350.”
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New Genome Study Destroys Zionist Claims to Palestine! Koestler’s Khazar History Vindicated ! Zionists Design Myth of Jewish Genome to Usurp Palestine!
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Benjamin Freedman: Ashkenazi Khazars Self Style “Jews” Are Not Semitic And Not The Biological Descendents of The 12 Tribes of Israel !
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Modern Ashkenazi Jews are not the Jews of the Bible!
New Genetic Research Confirms Koestler’s “Khazar” Theory! Ashkenazi Jews Are Not The Jews of The Bible !
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