Norway facilitates transfer of frozen tax funds to Palestinian Authority

Palestine

Published: 2024-02-19 11:25

Last Updated: 2024-04-20 14:19


Norway facilitates transfer of frozen tax funds to Palestinian Authority
Norway facilitates transfer of frozen tax funds to Palestinian Authority

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry has announced Monday that Norway will assist in transferring frozen tax funds intended for the Palestinian Authority, which were collected by the Israeli Occupation.

The aim is to support salary payments and provide basic services such as operating schools and delivering healthcare.

“The temporary scheme will play a crucial role in preventing the Palestinian Authority from collapsing financially,” the Norwegian ministry says in a statement.

Norway aspires to play the role of mediator between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Occupation in preserving the revenues withheld by Tel Aviv since the seventh of October, and the portion that Norway will retain from the revenues equals the value estimated by Tel Aviv for the Gaza Strip, according to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

Tel Aviv had previously affirmed that it would transfer tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority on the second of November and suspend the financial allocations for the Gaza Strip.

However, in November, the Palestinian Authority reiterated its demand for the full amount of funds and rejected any conditions that might impede its ability to pay its employees' salaries.