Israeli authorities on Saturday froze the transfer of tax funds collected by Israel for the Palestinian Authority in response to President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to sign the Rome Statute, an official told AFP.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, did not elaborate.
The Israeli news site Ynet said Israel froze 500 million shekels ($127 million) of tax funds typically distributed each month.
Citing "Israeli sources," Ynet said the decision was made Thursday during a discussion between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the freeze was a war crime.
"This decision is a new Israeli war crime, but we won't back off in the face of those pressures," he told AFP. more