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PLO official: Israel starts sanctions against PA

June 3, 2014 5:45 P.M. (Updated: June 5, 2014 11:38 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israel officially notified the Palestinian Authority Monday that it put into effect sanctions against the Palestinians in response to the swearing in of a unity government including Hamas, a PLO official said.

Hanna Amirah, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, told Ma’an on Tuesday that sanctions included the invalidation of VIP cards of PA officials, reduction of tax revenues which Israel collects and delivers to the PA and prevention of visits between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Israel, he highlighted, denied three officials from the Gaza Strip entry to the West Bank Monday where they were supposed to be sworn in as ministers in the Palestinian unity government.

The Palestinian political echelon didn’t take interest in the Israeli decision to boycott the government which President Mahmoud Abbas considered a turning point marking the end of inter-Palestinian split.

However, Abbas warned that any Israeli procedures against the government would be met with Palestinian response through peaceful, legal and diplomatic channels.

Asked by Ma’an about security coordination between Israel and the PA, Amirah said that “in most meetings of the Executive Committee there were calls to stop security coordination, but President Abbas preferred to deal with issue leisurely.”

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