Al-Haq Sends Submission to Special Rapporteur on Discrimination in the Context of Natural Resource Extraction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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Al-Haq Sends Submission to Special Rapporteur on Discrimination in the Context of Natural Resource Extraction in the Occupied Palestinian TerritoryOn 31 January 2019, Al-Haq sent a submission to the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (hereinafter the Special Rapporteur), with regards to the thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on natural resource extraction and racial discrimination. Al-Haq outlined the context of Israel’s institutionalised discrimination against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Al-Haq’s submission presented an overview of mining and quarrying of Palestinian stone reserves in Area C of the OPT, as an example to Israel’s unlawful extraction of Palestinian natural resources, carried out by Israeli and multinational corporations and individuals, facilitated by the State, state officials and authorities – for the benefit of the Israeli national and settler economy.

For decades, Israel, the Occupying Power, has exploited and extracted Palestinian water, minerals, mud, stone, and oil from the OPT, employing discriminatory policies, coupled with restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement, access to and control over land and property – contrary to international human rights and humanitarian law, and constituting grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention and internationally recognised crimes. The Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) continuously refuses to grant or extend licenses to Palestinian-administered quarries in Area C of the OPT, whereas it grants and extends licenses for Israeli-administered quarries therein. In addition, over the years, the ICA has closed down Palestinian stone quarries and confiscated equipment.

The submission highlighted Israel's expanding settlement enterprise in the West Bank, and its detrimental impact on Palestinian lives, livelihoods, and fundamental rights, including the right to self-determination and permanent sovereignty over natural resources. In addition, the submission elaborated on the role of Israel's dual-legal system and biased judiciary in obstructing Palestinian access to justice and remedy, and in fact in facilitating and reinforcing the commission of violations, including those involving unlawful extraction and exploitation of natural resources.

As part of the recommendations presented, Al-Haq called on the Special Rapporteur to:

 

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