Israel’s freezing of churches taxes not enough – PA

The Palestinian Authority has described Israel’s suspension of a plan to levy taxes on Jerusalem churches as “not enough”.

In a first reaction to the Israeli decision, Palestinian Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudinah added that Israel has to stop all illegal practices and encroachments on Christian and Muslim shrines in the occupied holy city.

“Palestinians and the international community also need to strive to maintain the legal and historic status quo of the holy city,” he said.

Earlier, the Israeli government decided to suspend the collection of taxes imposed on properties owned by Jerusalem churches.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the West Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat reportedly agreed to establish “a professional team led by Israeli Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, with the participation of all relevant parties, to formulate a solution for the issue of municipal taxes on properties owned by churches that are not houses of worship.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency