President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement welcomed today the decision of the newly-installed Oslo City Council to ban Israeli settlement goods and services from public procurements as part of the Norwegian capital’s platform for 2019-2023.
“Stressing the illegal status of Israeli settlement on Palestinian lands as a violation of international law, referring to the 2016 United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 that reaffirmed the illegality of the settlements under international law, and recalling the well-known special commitment of the great Norwegian Nation to international law and human rights the Fatah movement welcomes the decision of the newly installed City Council of Oslo to ban Israeli settlement goods and services from public procurements as part of Oslo`s platform for 2019-2023,” said the spokesman of Fatah in Europe, Jamal Nazzal.
He said his movement views the boycott of all goods and services coming from Israeli settlements built on Palestinian lands occupied since 1967 as ”a legitimate means to discourage settlers from the ongoing illegal acquisition of land either by force or by illegal confiscation.”
He added: ” In 2019, no one should make a mistake about the true nature of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is by far not an ideologically driven movement as the extreme right ruling Israel wishes to see it, but rather an economically, profit-oriented colonialist project aimed at exploiting our resources through the illegal occupation of our country.”
Nazzal called on our friends throughout the world to not only resist the concerted efforts by Israel worldwide aimed at repressing accountability measures but also to follow suit on the decision Oslo has taken recently.
He made reference to the decision of South Korea to exclude the areas that came under Israeli occupation after the 1967 war from a trade agreement signed in 2019 between Israel and South Korea.
Nazzal urged Europe to ban all settlement goods and services and go on to build on decisions the European Union took in 2013 to stop all forms of academic cooperation and scientific research with Israeli settlements as well as its announcement that any future trade agreements with Israel would not include settlements.
It is time to stop rewarding settlers for violating international law and undermining the future of our generations, he concluded his statement.