Israel freezing tax payment to Palestinians over ICC bid

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court in the Hague on July 1, 2002Israel is delaying the transfer of taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinians in retaliation for their application to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), an official confirmed Saturday. This came after sources close to an Israeli government official told AFP earlier that Israel is considering filing war crimes suits overseas against Palestinian leaders in response to their ICC application. Haaretz daily, citing an unidentified official, said the tax move involves $127 million (106 million euros) in VAT and customs duties on goods for the Palestinian territories that pass through Israel.

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