Palestinians refuse tax money from Israel, accusing it of ‘blackmail’ Jun 05, 2020 0 87 12345 DPATel Aviv/Ramallah The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority (PA) has refused to accept the 200-million-dollar monthly tax revenues collected by Israel, accusing it of “blackmail.” Its refusal to accept the money, announced on Wednesday night, means that the PA will not be able to pay its employees salaries for the month of May.The PA’s government spokesman, Ibrahim Milhem, said on Thursday morning that Israel had demanded the PA contact it through the coordinating office if it wants the money transferred.Since the PA has ended all contact with Israel, it refused to do so.The Israeli Finance Ministry declined to comment on the matter.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in May declared an end to all agreements and understandings with Israel and the United States, in response to Israeli plans to annex settlements in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.Previously, the money was sent at the end of every month through direct bank transfer without any coordination.The PA, which is expected now to borrow money from local banks to pay salaries, hopes a third party, such as the United Nations, the World Bank or the European Union could intervene to get the money to the PA.Last year, the PA for months refused all tax and customs money collected on its behalf by Israel, after Israel began to freeze a portion of the money, contesting its use to help the families of Palestinian attackers killed or jailed by Israel.In October, the PA agreed to take the money again after reaching an agreement with Israel. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Iran reports most new virus cases since outbreak began Jun 05, 2020 0 674 Head of Libya unity govt says ‘determined’ to control whole country Jun 05, 2020 0 682 Africa CDC tries to ramp up coronavirus tests as lockdowns ease Jun 05, 2020 0 856 Woman responsible for 42 Covid infections in Lebanon, says minister Beirut A Lebanese woman who recently returned from Saudi Arabia is responsible for infecting 42 people with Covid-19 in the village of Barja, south of Beirut, Health Minister Hamad Hassan said on Thursday. Hassan called .. Syrian ground defences confront Israeli airstrikes: State media Damascus Syrian ground defences confronted an Israeli air attack in the countryside of north-western Hama province, Syrian state media reported late Thursday. The state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA) said the Israeli .. Jordan says to lift ‘most’ coronavirus restrictions AFP Amman Jordan announced Thursday it will lift most restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, with mosques, restaurants and churches allowed to reopen. There will be “a period of general .. S African govt to appeal court judgement declaring lockdown rules ‘invalid’ AFP Johannesburg South Africa’s government on Thursday said it would appeal a court ruling that struck down a raft of coronavirus lockdown regulations. A provincial division of the High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour .. Nigerian army kills almost 400 bandits during land, air operation Lagos Soldiers have killed almost 400 bandits during land and air offensives in northern Nigeria, the army said on Thursday. The criminals had attacked and killed civilians during raids on villages in the region, army ..