In Israel and the Occupied Territories, Palestinian officials in the Fatah-controlled West Bank are demanding Israel release the full amount of Palestinian tax revenue it has frozen for more than a year.

Israel promised to hand over the funds after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the democratically-elected Hamas-led government last month, but Palestinians say Israel has transferred just one-fifth of the more than six hundred million dollars owed.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said, "I need to remind you here that this money is Palestinian money. It's not an Israeli money. These are Palestinian revenues. As I said, we are under occupation. We don't have airports. We don't have harbors. So all our imports come through Israeli ports and Israeli harbors and airports. In accordance with the past protocol, Israel collects these revenues for us, deduct a surcharge of three percent and then transfer the rest, which is equivalent to 55 to 60 million dollars a month. Today, I believe we have more than 600 million dollars. Israel had transferred 20 percent of it. And we need to transfer the whole lot."

Comment July 3rd: Does it disturb you that so many people are living under such repression? Does it disturb you that the US gives more aid per capita to the oppressors than to any other people on the earth? Why don't the American people say to Israel, end the occupation or not another dime? What evil spell is over America? It's greed, violence, and depravity. Are Palestinians not human beings? We are all human beings.

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12

Would the Jews in Israel have men do to them, the Jews, what they are doing to the Palestinian? Of course not, not in their right minds. Why then do they violate the law and the prophets? Why then do the American people support what the Israelis are doing? The Israelis are false Zionists and the Americans are false Christians at best.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.