15 Israeli human rights organizations filed a petition to the Attorney General of the Israeli government, Avichai Mandelblit, on Sunday demanding him to instruct the members of the Israeli cabinet to cancel their decision of reducing the power supply to the Gaza Strip.
The organizations affirmed that the decision is illegal in accordance with both the Israeli and international laws, pointing out that the Israeli Supreme Court had previously ruled that Israel must provide the minimum needs of the Gazan citizens.
They stressed that the motives behind the decision are purely political and therefore it constitutes a violation of the international humanitarian law.
The Israeli cabinet decided in its meeting on 12th June 2017 to respond to a request by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to reduce the power supply to the Gaza Strip.
According to media reports, the PA officially asked Israel at the end the of April 2017 to stop deducting the Gaza electricity bills from the customs revenues collected for the PA by Israel from the Palestinian importers at the ports and crossings it controls, but Israel did not respond to that request at the time.
The PA has announced a series of steps to reduce expenditures in the Gaza Strip that started with deducting 30% of the salaries of about 60,000 PA employees in Gaza.
The Gaza Strip is suffering from a severe electricity crisis that started to exacerbate several weeks ago when the only power plant in Gaza was shut down on 16th April 2017 as the PA insisted on imposing high taxes on the fuel sold to it. Gaza had to rely only on the Israeli and Egyptian lines with an electricity schedule of 4 hours on and 12 off. In case the new decision was implemented, Gazans will be provided two or three hours of electricity a day.