Leadership mulling legal response to Israel’s retaliatory measures: Palestinian FM

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Jan 2023

Riyad Al-Maliki, the Palestinian minister of foreign affairs and expatriates, stated today that the Palestinian leadership is considering a legal and political response to the recent announcement of the far-right Israeli government's retaliatory measures against the Palestinian people, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Riyad al-Maliki
File Photo: Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Maliki. (Photo courtesy of Palestinian news agency WAFA)


In response to Palestine's request at the UN General Assembly for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), on the legality of the Israeli occupation, the Israeli security cabinet ordered the transfer of roughly $39 million from Palestinian Authority tax funds to the so-called "Israeli victims of terrorism" on Friday.

The welfare payments given by the Palestinian government to Palestinians detained in Israeli jails and the families of Palestinians slain by Israeli occupation forces in 2022 were also ordered to be offset by the Israeli Ministerial Committee.

In addition, Palestinian building initiatives in the majority of the West Bank that is occupied by Israel were prohibited, according to WAFA.

"The Israeli occupation’s measures violate international law, and come in response to the State of Palestine’s natural and legal right to get rid of the decades-long occupation," Al-Maliki told the official Voice of Palestine radio.

"In a letter to foreign ministries around the world, we will call for a clear position on these measures so that the occupying power will realise that it is not fully free to act as it pleases," he added.

He explained that work is underway to build international public opinion against the occupying regime by exposing its crimes before the countries of the world.

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