Infuriated by settlement blacklist, Israel freezes ties with United Nations rights chief

Elias Hubbard
February 16, 2020

The PA's foreign minister speaks of "the victory of worldwide rights and diplomatic efforts to drain the resources of the colonial system" which is represented by "illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories". This is echoed by Foreign Minister Israel Katz, who stamps the document as a "shameful surrender to pressure from countries and organizations", as well as a "stain" on the OHCHR.

" I am mindful this issue has been, and will continue to be, highly contentious", UN High Commissioner for Person Rights Michelle Bachelet stated.

"We will demand compensation for illegally using our occupied lands and for engaging in economic activity in our lands without submitting to Palestinian laws and paying taxes", Shtayyeh added, suggesting that the companies could move to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority to avoid potential retribution. Despite the spokesman's remarks, they could now also face legal battles.

In a post on his Facebook page, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said that his country would "pursue" the firms included in the United Nations list.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the United Nations list as the work of a "biased and uninfluential body".

Commenting on the report, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki hailed the option, calling a "success for global law".

" Rather of handling human rights this body is trying to blacken Israel's name".

Under worldwide law, Jewish settlements constructed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories constitute a violation of global law and are considered illegal. "We turn down any such attempt in the strongest terms and with disgust", he stated.

" Where there are affordable grounds to think that ... the business enterprise is ceasing or no longer involved in the pertinent activity, business enterprise would be removed from the database", it stated.

Its settlements are deemed illegal under worldwide law and widely seen as a sticking point in peace negotiations.

Israel populated the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967 in a relocation never ever identified by the around the world community.

In 2014, the Israeli government approved a huge plan to construct dozens of roads and bypass roads for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, with the aim of seizing tens of thousands of acres of Palestinian land.

Two-thirds of Palestinians are in favour of beginning a new intifada - or rebellion - as their chance of statehood drastically decreased with US President Donald Trump's so-referred to as Deal of the Century, a new examine has revealed.

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