The Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) central council decided Thursday to end security cooperation with Israel, AFP reported.
The PLO council decided “to stop security cooperation in all its forms with the occupying power” which it urged to “take over full responsibility for the Palestinian people in the occupied State of Palestine, the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza”.
The PLO said its executive committee would meet to implement the decision taken by the central council which held a two-day meeting in Ramallah, without giving a date.
The move, which Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas has threatened several times to carry out over the past few months, comes as a response to Israel’s decision to withhold the PA’s tax revenues. The funds are being held back from the PA in retaliation for its moves to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The PA submitted a UN Security Council resolution in December – which was voted down – calling for Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria within two years, and in January joined the International Criminal Court, where they plan to press for war crimes against Israel.
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