Palestinians welcome UN report on firms based on illegal Israeli settlements

RAMALLAH Palestinian people have welcomed the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ issuance of a list of companies operating on Israeli settlements established on occupied Palestinian lands.

Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said on Wednesday that publishing the list of the supporters and investors of the settlement is a “positive step” to uncover the Israeli settlement and its attempts seeking to legitimize this policy.

It is also a move to implement the international resolutions, mainly the resolutions of the International Court of Justice, rejecting the settlement based on the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan, he added in a press statement.

Shtayyeh called on the firms to shut down immediately its offices and branches in the illegal Israeli settlements that run counter to international laws and the UN resolutions.

He revealed that “we would pursue legally the companies mentioned in the report through international legal institutions and courts for the participation in violating human rights”.

He stated that Palestine would ask for compensation from these firms for using illegally the territories and carrying out economic activities without complying with the Palestinian laws and taxes.

The Palestinian government is ready for a possible study to transfer the offices and factories of these corporations to the Palestinian cities and villages, if their departments want to correct their conditions, he noted.

Meanwhile, Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), described the move as a “victory” for the Palestinian right and international law at a time when Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu plans to annex the settlements in coordination with the U.S. President’s Administration.

It is a move to destroy the international legitimacy and create a new international system based on power and unilateralism, he pointed out in a statement.

Issuing this data will show the violations of these firms to international humanitarian and human rights laws due to their work with the illegal Israeli settlements which prevents Palestinian people from practicing their legitimate right to determine their destiny, and control their land and natural resources, he said.

The step should direct other world companies not to take part in blatant violations of human rights in the occupied Palestine, he concluded.

Source: Kuwait News Agency