GAZA, Palestine

The Hamas resistance group called on the Palestinian administration Wednesday to work together with it and other groups against Israel’s decision to withhold millions of dollars in tax funds from Palestinians.

In a statement, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said the decision once again proves the “piracy of Israel.”

Israel’s security cabinet voted Sunday to deduct $43 million from the tax funds the Israeli administration transfers each month to the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinians say the funds are needed to help families affected by violence and the Israeli occupation.

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