Israel 'forcibly closing' bank accounts of Palestinian prisoners' relatives amid economic crisis, virus outbreak

Palestinian officials said Friday that Israelis forcing banks in the occupied West Bank to close accounts held by the families of prisoners in Israeli jails to prevent the Palestinian Authorityfrom providing stipends to them.Israel has long objected to the Palestinian Authority’s payments to the families of prisonersand those killed in the conflict, including militants, saying it rewards terrorism. The Palestinians view the payments as a social safety net for those living under decades of military occupation.The apparent move to target banks comes as the Palestinians face a potentially severe …

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