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Today: Aug 19, 2017

28,000 Shekels Fine Reduced to 2,000 Shekels

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The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) has recently forced the West Jerusalem Municipality (WJM) to reduce the amount of 28,810 shekels Arnona tax debts imposed on Fadwa Khader, who ran for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections, to 2,000 shekels, payable in five equal installments.

Early this year, Mrs. Khader ran for the second 2006 PLC elections (from the Peoples' Party - Jerusalem District). Although she obtained a high percentage of votes, she was not qualified attained wanted. During the candidacy period, she conducted election propaganda in Jerusalem, including sticking election posters in accordance with a Palestinian-Israeli agreement approved by the Israeli government at the time. The agreement included an article stating the municipality's responsibility for organizing the propaganda places and removing the election posters after the elections. On the other hand, the municipality failed to abide by the agreement. It deliberately sent violations to the 11 PLC Jerusalemite candidates requesting the payment of hundreds of thousands of shekels, under the pretext that they violated the Israeli Election Propaganda Law for the year 1980.

As a result, the candidates lodged a complaint to the court against the Jerusalem Municipality, regarding such measure as null and illegal, and constitutes a violation of the agreement signed between the PNA & the Israeli government, thus forcing the municipality to deduct part of the exorbitant amounts imposed on the candidates.

JCSER lawyer Farid Mahajneh, who defended Mrs. Khader, said, 'My client received a total of 67 violations in the amount of 28,810 shekels, which is an unprecedented measure by the Jerusalem Municipality. The Center was forced to approach the court, which was informed about the agreement signed between the PNA & Israeli government in regard to the arrangements related to the candidacy and the election propaganda in East Jerusalem and the Israeli government's approval of the agreement. In other words, the measure taken by the Jerusalem Municipality is cancelled.'

He added, 'the municipality representative's reply was strange. He claimed that the municipality was not notified about the agreement. It acted with Jerusalemite candidates according to its data, not according to the arrangements of the signed agreement.'

'As a result, the municipality agreed to reduce the amount of 28,810 to 2,000 shekels only. The municipality acted differently with the rest PLC candidates by reducing small amounts of the value of violations, ranging between its minimum of 40,000 shekels and its maximum of 300,000 shekels,' Mr. Mahajneh added.