Qatar has stressed that the practices and policies of the Israeli authorities have reached a dangerous stage of escalation, recklessness and defiance of many international laws and conventions, the latest of which is the announcement by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his intention to impose Israeli sovereignty on all areas of the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and settlements in the occupied West Bank.
This came in a speech delivered by Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva ambassador Ali Khalfan al-Mansouri during the general debate on the Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Agenda Item 7 on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories during the current session of the HRC.
Ambassador al-Mansouri stressed that the declaration of the prime minister of the Israeli occupation government is a flagrant violation of the Charter of the UN, the principles of international law and relevant UN resolutions, in addition, it contributes to undermining the political process, destroys the two-state solution and works to spread violence, chaos and instability in the Middle East.
He pointed to the importance of Item 7 as a major item in the work of the HRC, stressing the need to participate in it because of its importance in highlighting the continuing violations of human rights and ongoing crimes committed by Israel, the occupying power, against the Palestinian people, adding that it is not like the rest of the occupations in history, it is a racist and settler occupation, seeking ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians and destroying their identity.
The ambassador called on the international community to shoulder its legal and moral responsibilities towards providing international protection for the Palestinian people, ensuring that they have all their legitimate rights, and pressuring Israel, the occupying power, to commit it to implement the resolutions of international legitimacy, ending its occupation of all Palestinian and Arab territories, lifting the unjust siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, stopping the construction of settlements, halting attempts to Judaize the city of Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque, obscuring their identity and changing their demographic composition, resolving the issue of Palestinian refugees, and ensuring that all Israeli officials are held accountable for violations and crimes against the Palestinian people.
Also, ambassador al-Mansouri called on all companies that run businesses or benefit from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied State of Palestine to terminate those activities immediately.
He called on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to publish the database of these companies publicly and under the provisions of the HRC resolution, not to approve any further postponement due to lack of justification, and to update the database annually.