Al-Hamwi Calls on Countries to Boycott Agricultural Products Originating from Israeli
Writer/Source: Sana (3/7/2012)
Syria's Representative at the United Nations office in Geneva Dr. Faisal al-Hamwi called upon the countries of the world to refrain immediately from refraining agricultural products produced in Israeli settlements in the occupied Arab lands.
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In a speech during a session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday to discuss the "state of human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab lands," al-Hamwi said that the aforementioned products are, in the eyes of international law, stolen and illegal products.
He underlined the Israeli occupation forces' methodical violation of human rights in occupied Palestine and the occupied Syrian Golan, which include practices such as seizing lands and farms, preventing the Syrians in the Golan from exporting their cross under the seeing eye of the International Committee of the Red Cross which used to help market these crops on annual basis.
Al-Hamwi affirmed that the goals behind Israel's practices is to force the people of the occupied Golan to emigrate and leave their lands so that it may construct more Israeli settlements, which already number over 40 settlements in which over 40,000 settlers live.
He went on to note that Israel continues to uproot fruit-bearing trees and confiscate lands to build turbines for generating electricity on them, in addition to its campaigns to excavate gas and oil and steal Golan's water, despite the fact that international law forbids the exploitation of natural resources in occupied areas.
"The most dangerous thing done by the Israeli occupation authorities is building segregating walls… after the wall of shame erected in the West Bank, it began erecting segregating walls on the borders with Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon in Syria," al-Hamwi said, adding that the occupation authorities is still detaining nine captives from the Golan in inhumane conditions that cause them to contract deadly illnesses which eventually claim their lives, which constitutes a blatant disregard for the 4th Geneva Convention and all principles of international humanitarian laws.
"Israel continues to torture detainees at a time when it promotes its image as the only democracy in the Middle East," he said.
Al-Hamwi remarked that despite all of the aforementioned practices, none of those who support the Israeli occupation authorities called for holding a special session for condemning this series of crimes, because they consider Israel above accountability and above international law, while others are busy planning the internationalization of the Syrian crisis, the summoning of military intervention, and the active participation in shedding Syrian blood, while at the same time ignoring the deliberate tragedies, starvation, blockade and other human rights violations in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan.
"The Human Rights Council and the Higher Commission and the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – if they want to preserve their reputation as international organizations for achieving justice and being just towards victims of violations – must not be silent over these Israeli violations of human rights nor submit to the threats of a side that practices state terrorism and commits massacres that many UN observers described as crimes against humanity.
"The few countries that defend Israel and find excuses for its crimes must cease this eclecticism and move to get the occupation authority to respect the principles of international humanitarian law and end the occupation of the Arab lands which must be restored to their owners," he concluded.
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