Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), today, called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to act in holding Israel accountable for violating international law; otherwise, Israeli impunity will prevail and there will be no peace in the Middle East.

“Last month marked 52 years since the beginning of the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Decades of flagrant violations [of] UN resolutions and Israeli obligations under international law have resulted in the systematic denial of the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Not only do we have the right, but the responsibility, to make use of all international forums available, including under Item 7 of the Human Rights Council, in order to exercise our basic human rights,” said Erekat in a statement on the discussions over Item 7 in the UNHRC.

“Palestine is a reminder of the negative consequences of not implementing international law and UN resolutions. This, in addition to the [US President Donald] Trump Administration’s adoption of Israel’s colonial-settlement policies, such as legitimizing the acquisition of territory by force and profiteering from the illegal settlement enterprise, threatens to set a dangerous precedent for accountability for internationally wrongful acts worldwide,” he added, according to WAFA.

The PLO official reiterated the call on the UN to release the database of companies dealing with the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“On the momentous occasion of discussions under Item 7, we reiterate our call to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to implement the mandate conferred on her office by resolution 31/36, and release the database of companies involved in the Israeli occupation. It represents a small yet concrete step in the direction of accountability; without which Israeli impunity will prevail.”