TEL AVIV, Saturday, January 7, 2023 (WAFA) – Israeli Minister of “Defense” Yoav Galant issued today a decision revoking the Israel-entry permits of three senior Fatah officials shortly after they concluded a visit to Karim Younis, a veteran Palestinian prisoner who was released on Thursday after spending 40 years in Israeli prisons.
A statement by the Israeli “Defense” Ministry said Galant ordered the Coordinator of the Israeli Government’s Activity in the West Bank, Ghassan Alian, to rescind the Israel-entry permits of Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Azzam Al-Ahmad and Rawhi Fattouh, all of whom are members of the Executive Committee of President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah Movement.
"The decision was taken by the Minister of Defense after consultations with all relevant security authorities," the statement said.
The Israeli decision came a day after the Israeli Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs had ordered the transferring of approximately NIS 139 million (nearly $39 million) from Palestinian Authority funds to the so-called “Israeli victims of terrorism”.
The Israeli Ministerial Committee also reportedly ordered offsetting of the welfare payments made by the Palestinian governments to the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the families of those killed by Israeli occupation forces in 2022.