PLO Erekat: Impunity for Israeli Crimes will Keep Negotiations Stalled

RAMALLAH, April 4, 2016 (WAFA) – Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, said on Monday that granting impunity for continued and systematic Israeli crimes will not achieve a resumption of negotiations.

Erekat’s statement came in the aftermath of the latest wave of demolitions of Palestinian homes by Israeli authorities, in which seven Palestinian homes were demolished in occupied East Jerusalem, Surif, Qabatia and Duma by the Israeli forces.

He said, “Granting impunity for continued and systematic Israeli crimes will not achieve a resumption of negotiations, rather, it is killing any realistic political horizon to end the Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine.”

The official described the latest demolitions as “another act of collective punishment committed by Israel against the Palestinian civilian population in violation of international law and Israel’s obligations as the belligerent occupying power.”

He said every crime Israel commits violations of Palestinian rights they get documented, reported, and presented to the relevant international bodies, including the International Criminal Court

A few days ago, Erekat added, the Human Rights Council voted a resolution on “Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

“Although it passed with resounding approval, countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Latvia, India, Netherlands and Paraguay, among others, opted to abstain. We call upon those countries to review their positions.”

“Allowing Israel to act as a state above the law only perpetuates Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and ensures the destruction of the two-state solution,” he concluded.

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