Dr. Ashrawi on the adoption of four UNHRC resolutions regarding the occupied State of Palestine
RAMALLAH, PALESTINE (March 24, 2017) -- PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said:
“On behalf of the Palestinian leadership and the people of Palestine, we express our deep appreciation to the members
of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) who assumed a principled, courageous and just stand and
overwhelmingly voted in favor of four UNHRC resolutions regarding the occupied State of Palestine, including East
Jerusalem, at the 34th regular session of the UNHRC.
The adoption of the UNHRC resolutions, including motions calling on states "not to provide Israel with any assistance to
be used specifically in connection with settlements" and urging business enterprises “to avoid contributing to the
establishment, maintenance, development or consolidation of Israeli settlements,” constitutes a true investment in
justice and signifies the international community’s commitment to seeking accountability for Israel’s unlawful
unilateralism and violations of international law.
By voting against the UNHRC resolutions, the U.S. is complicit in the military occupation of Palestine. Rather than
acting in accordance with international law, democracy and human rights, the U.S. made the decision to isolate itself at
the expense of Palestinian rights, lives and lands.
It is up to governments worldwide to put an end to Israel’s continued annexation of Palestinian land and its destruction
of the two-state solution; we call on the international community to intervene immediately and to exhibit the political
will necessary to make Israel cease and desist its flagrant violations once and for all.”