RAMALLAH, Thursday, November 12, 2019 (WAFA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Malki welcomed today the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the duty to respect European laws and regulations on labeling of products of illegal Israeli colonies and ensure proper labeling of such products.
“This is an important first step for the European Union, as this important ruling is an affirmation of the EU‘s obligation to respect and ensure respect of international law. It is also consistent with the rules and principles of international law and United Nations resolutions, including Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) on the illegality of the settlements in the occupied territory of the State of Palestine,” he said in a statement.
Malki called on the EU member states to act in accordance with the Court‘s decision and to ensure its implementation. “European citizens have a right to know what products on their shelves are produced from stolen resources and made on stolen land in violation of international law.”
The Minister further reiterated that “Israel‘s illegal settlement regime is the physical embodiment of its agenda of colonialism and annexation in Palestine, and its determined efforts to deny the Palestinian people their inalienable rights to self-determination and independence. The obligation of all states to respect and ensure respect of international humanitarian law and the Palestinian people‘s inalienable rights is absolute. Practical steps that deny complicit companies and others the ability to profiteer from the Israeli colonial occupation and the flagrant violations of international law are necessary to put an end to this prolonged injustice and the culture of impunity that allows for its perpetuation.”
Minister Malki called on all countries, including European Union members, to take additional steps advancing the principle of accountability, namely the banning of products from the colonies or those made by illegally stolen natural Palestinian resources.
In this regard, he renewed the State of Palestine‘s call on the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to release the long-awaited database of businesses operating in and profiteering from the illegal Israeli settlement regime.