Dr. Ahmad Majdalani on the UAE's Decision to Import Israeli Settlement Products

January 11, 2021
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Ahmad Majdalani: The UAE's Decision to Import Israeli Settlement Products Undermines the Right of Palestine to Exist and the Right of the Palestinian People to Self Determination

We strongly condemn the first shipment of Israeli settler products to the United Arab Emirates. This shipment carries products of the settler company "Tura" located in the illegal settlement of "Rehelim" built on stolen lands belonging to the Palestinian village of As-Sawiya.  This dangerous and unprecedented step encourages Israel's colonial settlement enterprise's prosperity and undermines the right of Palestine to exist and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Israel's colonial expansion on Palestinian lands fundamentally threatens the Palestinian people's national and human rights, the two-state solution,  world peace and security, and the human rights and international law system as a whole.

Importing products from illegal Israeli settlements serves the occupying Power's propaganda to normalize its illegal settlement enterprise. Thus, the failure to adhere to the rules and provisions of international law and United Nations resolutions, which is the obligation of every UN Member State, enhances Israel's culture of impunity and encourages its annexation agenda and the forcible transfer and displacement of Palestinians. 

Israeli settlements are illegal and constitute a war crime within the meaning of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. A flagrant violation of international law and United Nations resolutions, foremost of which is UNSC 2334 that reaffirms Israel's obligations as the occupying Power under the Fourth Geneva Convention and the illegality of Israeli settlements.

The State of Palestine will prosecute complicit companies in Israel's settlement enterprise for their violation of international law. We call upon the international community, in the region and beyond, to support and respect international law and to assume their legal and political responsibilities in deterring Israel, the occupying Power. It's urgent to end Israel's settlement enterprise and associated regime and hold it accountable for its systematic and continuous violations against the land and people of Palestine.  We call upon every nation to fulfill its legal obligations: to distinguish in their official dealings between Israel and occupied Palestine, prohibit and boycott colonial settlement products and services, support the Palestinian people's legitimate rights to freedom towards achieving their national independence in a sovereign State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.

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