Qatar recently informed the United Nations General Assembly that Palestinians must be granted complete freedom to manage their occupied territories, according to the Qatar News Agency.
Qatar’s Permanent Mission to the UN remarked during a meeting of the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee).
Qatar alleged that Israel was exploiting Palestinian natural resources in East Jerusalem as well as other occupied Arab territories and that the Palestinians were being denied access to their resources and property.
The report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia about the suffering of Palestinians and Syrians on the Golan Heights, according to Sheikh Abdulrahman, detailed the impact of Israel’s practices on living conditions for Palestinians and Syrians as well as long-term development.
The principle that no one should be deprived of their private property, whether at the national or international level, is enshrined in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international law, he said.
According to Sheikh Abdulrahman, the General Assembly’s resolution 76/225 reaffirming the principle of permanent sovereignty over natural resources under foreign occupation must be adhered to in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
Qatar has increased its support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, including its educational programme, as a result of its deep concern over the damage done to Gaza’s educational facilities.
That Qatar Fund for Development continues to provide vital health and education services to Palestinian refugees, was his response.
Over the last decade, Qatar’s financial assistance to Gaza, which included paying for infrastructure destroyed by Israeli military operations, amounted to more than $1.5 billion, Sheikh Abdulrahman said.
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