Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Maliki said today that the overwhelming UN vote in favor of a resolution affirming Palestinian sovereignty over their natural resources proves the fact that Israel and those who support it are isolated.
Al-Maliki told the official Voice of Palestine radio that the resolution reaffirms that Israel is violating international law by destroying, exploiting and/or disposing of the Palestinian natural resources, and urged the international community to hold Israel to account for these illegal practices.
Meantime, Al-Maliki described the Israeli occupation’s decision to allow visits by Israeli school students to Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem as “very dangerous”, calling on the international community to act against the violations of the Israeli occupation.
Al-Maliki called on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to to dispatch an ad-hoc committee to monitor the Israeli occupation’s violations against the holy sites, prevent any changes and keep the historical and religious status quo there.
Yesterday, al-Maliki praised the vote which affirms the rights of the Palestinian people and their sovereignty over their natural resources, including land, water and energy resources.
The top Palestinian diplomat called on Israel, the occupying power, to “cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”
He also called on the international community to “work to compel the occupation to implement international resolutions and to ensure the freedom of the Palestinian people to benefit from their natural resources and their right to demand compensation for exploiting, damaging, losing, depleting or endangering their natural resources.”