Under the pretext of resorting to international courts… Israel punishes Palestinian personalities

Israel has begun implementing sanctions against the Palestinians under the pretext that they will take international tribunals against Israel.
The first punishment was the withdrawal of the VIP card to the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad Al-Maliki, as he crossed the Al-Karama crossing with Jordan.

On Sunday, Israel canceled a special charter for Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad Al-Maliki, facilitating his movements in and around the occupied West Bank, in the context of its response to Palestinian efforts to involve the International Court of Justice in the conflict.

On Friday, the right-wing security cabinet led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a series of measures, including the use of Palestinian funds to compensate victims of attacks by Palestinian militants and a moratorium on Palestinian construction. in some areas of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Israel collects tax money on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

The foreign minister’s office said Israeli border guards confiscated Al-Maliki’s VIP card when he entered the Jordanian-occupied West Bank.

An Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed the incident and described it as part of the implementation of a government decision issued on Friday.

Netanyahu said in a speech to the cabinet, which was broadcast in television, that the decision included “sanctions against prominent Palestinian figures” and other measures. “The Palestinian Authority is promoting a fanatical anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations,” she added.

Based on an appeal by Palestinians, the United Nations General Assembly on 30 December asked the International Court of Justice to rule on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The Israeli Defense Ministry said on Saturday that the VIP cards of three other top Palestinian officials had been revoked in response to their visit to a member of Israel’s Arab minority who was released after serving 40 years in prison for killing an Israeli soldier.

The cards, issued in under interim agreements with Israel dating back to the 1990s, they facilitate movement across the Israeli-controlled West Bank border with Jordan and from Palestinian-administered territory into Israel.

“The foreign minister will continue his work and his diplomatic movement, with or without this card,” Ahmed al-Deek, Musaed al-Maliki told Reuters.

Israel confiscated Al-Maliki’s VIP card in 2021 after he returned from an International Criminal Court meeting. It wasn’t immediately clear when he retrieved the card or why it was retrieved.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said in a statement to reporters that he had agreed to distribute some 139 million shekels ($40 million) of frozen Palestinian funds to victims of Palestinian attacks.

Palestinian officials have condemned the Israeli actions and said they will continue to try to rally support abroad.

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