Arab Bank refuses to remit money to Hamas officials
The Jordan-based Arab Bank has turned back Monday remittances in favor of PLC members and refused to disburse them, claiming that it is not dealing with the PLC members of the Hamas-affiliated change and reform bloc.
PLC secretary Dr. Mahmoud Al-Ramahi affirmed that the Bank has rejected the remittances in favor of the 132 lawmakers because the list included names of Hamas-affiliated legislators, and that the Bank management does not want to deal with Hamas members. The remittances constitute a half-month salary for the month of March, PIC reported.
Ramahi revealed that the Bank responded verbally to a letter from the PLC demanding the release of the funds with this short phrase "This is the policy of the Arab Bank in dealing with any remittances including names of the change and reform bloc". He added that the money was remitted to the Bank in coordination between the PA finance ministry and office of the PA chief Mahmoud Abbas.
The Bank's decision angered the PLC presidency panel that immediately filed a complaint with the PA council of ministers in order to discus the matter and take the proper action against the Bank.