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The Legal Forum demands Palestinian Authority to pay for paint factory that was destroyed by Gaza rocket

By Mason White 5:37 PM June 29, 2014
Paint factory on fire 

By: Aryeh Savir
A Gaza rocket slammed into an Israeli paint factory, destroying the building.

Now, a group is demanding that the Palestinian Authority pay for the damages suffered by the company, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The Legal Forum for Israel sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon, demanding that compensation for the damage caused to the factory in the Sderot industrial area after it was hit by rockets from the Gaza Strip be deducted from the funds transferred by Israel to the Palestinian Authority.

Nachi Eyal, CEO of the Forum, is demanding that any sum of money allocated for the rehabilitation and compensation of the factory owner and its employees should be taken from the funds collected by Israel for the PA, even if there is no intention of transferring them to the PA now. In fact, the demand is to have the PA cover the costs of the damage.

The plant in Sderot, was damaged by the barrage of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip on Saturday night at Sderot, as it was hit and consumed by fire. According to the Oslo Accords and the Paris Agreement, the Israeli authorities collect taxes for the Palestinian Authority. Parts of these funds end up in the Gaza Strip, directly or indirectly by the payment of salaries to workers of the PA who work in Gaza.

The Forum claims that the transfer of funds is not only prohibited by law, but is further immoral. Late in 2009, the Forum’s lawyers petitioned the Supreme Court against the transfer of funds to Gaza, but the state justified the transfer of funds to Gaza and rejected claims that it was a breach of the law prohibiting the finance of terrorism.