Israel court moves against Palestinian power supplier

Hesham al-Omari, director of the Jerusalem District Electricity Company, said his firm had already been informed of the court verdict.

Israel court moves against Palestinian power supplier

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Israeli court on Thursday froze bank accounts and real estate owned by the Palestinian Jerusalem District Electricity Company, which supplies electricity to homes in the West Bank.

The Palestinian firm – which has racked up $110 million in debts to the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), Israel's main electricity supplier – had already been notified of the court ruling.

Hesham al-Omari, director of the Jerusalem District Electricity Company, said his firm had already been informed of the court verdict, which, he said, threatens the assets of his company if it fails to repay its debts to the Israeli energy supplier.

In a statement, al-Omari called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian government in Ramallah and Arab governments to pressure Israel to stop implementation of the court ruling.

If implemented, al-Omari said, the ruling would hinder his company's ability to maintain service to Palestinian subscribers.

The Israeli firm supplies Palestinian homes in the West Bank provinces of Ramallah, Al-Bireh, Bethlehem and Jericho with electricity via al-Omari's company.

Last month, Israel threatened to use tax revenue collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority – worth roughly $155 million each month – to repay the authority's debts to the IEC.

The move followed a bid by the Palestinian Authority last month to accede to a raft of U.N. agencies and conventions.

On Thursday, al-Omari told Anadolu Agency by phone that his company could not fully operate in East Jerusalem because of the recent court verdict.

"There are major electricity violations by citizens," al-Omari said, blaming such breaches for the accumulation of his company's debts.

He added, however, that the privately-owned Jerusalem District Electricity Company should stay out of political conflicts between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government.  

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