nsnbc: Marking 50 years of Israeli occupation, Dr. Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), stressed that the anniversary puts to shame the international system.
In a statement released by the PLO negotiations Affairs Department on June 4, 2017, Dr. Saeb Erekat notes that âWe are marking 50 years since a deliberate Israeli attack resulted in IsraelÂ occupying the 22% of historic Palestine that had been left sinceÂ 1948âł.
He added that itÂ was clear since then that, what Israel wanted wasÂ not a âtemporary occupationâ, but a colonial settlement strategy aimed at taking as much as Palestinian land and natural resources as possible. In defiance of its obligations under International Law and UN resolutions, Israel has strengthened its colonialÂ policies for the past 50 years. Erekat added:
âFor the Palestinian people, marking 50 years of occupation means marking 50 years of oppression, subjugation and daily control over all aspects ofÂ peopleâs lives. It means 50 years of attacks and aggression from occupation forces and settlers against a defenseless civilian population. At the same time, it has also meant 50 years of statements and international resolutions that Israel, the occupying power, has insisted on violating with impunityÂ . âŚ As we mark 50 years, there are a number of countries that continueÂ to reward the Israeli occupation of our land: They trade with Israeli settlements, their companies profit from the Israeli colonial settlement enterprise and areÂ engaged in an agenda of strengthening relations with Israel. AtÂ the same time, Tel Aviv systematically denies our basic rights, including the right to freedom and self-determination.â
âIt is long overdue to implement UNSC resolutions, including 2334 regarding Israeli settlements. It is also overdueÂ for countries who havenât recognized the State of Palestine on the 1967 border to do so. How is itÂ that countriesÂ which condemn settlementsÂ continue to trade with them: We demand a full ban on Israeli settlement products and we call upon the UN to publish as soon as possible the list of companies profiting from the Israeli colonial occupation of our country. âŚ We are not simply calling upon the international community to take action: We are demanding from each member of the international community to assume its legal responsibilities and stop cooperating with the Israeli occupation: We donât want another 50 years of impunity and complicity with the systematic denial of our rights. Israeli policies to destroy the two-state solutionÂ will notÂ be met with the disappearance of our rights, rather they will be met with more resilience from our peopleÂ who will remain steadfastÂ towards the fulfillment of their rights. Our people will defeat Apartheid.â
Ironically, non of the self-anointed five permanent UN Security Council members, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, has ever implemented a set of sanctions against Israel over its non-compliance, that would be comparable with sanctions imposed against a cohort of other UN memberÂ states, forÂ less severe and less protracted violations.