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Palestine says Israel occupation hinders sustainable development

September 19, 2023 at 5:36 pm

Very few Palestinians farm figs and dry them in the occupied city of Silwad in the West Bank [İssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Achieving sustainable development of the Palestinian economy depends on ending the decades-long Israeli occupation, the Palestinian Prime Minister said Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

Obligating Israel to end its occupation of Palestine, in accordance with international resolutions and references, is the responsibility of the entire international community, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state is the most important condition for achieving sustainable development there

Mohammad Shtayyeh told the two-day UN Sustainable Development Goals summit held in New York.

The West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967, was divided into three portions – Area A, B, and C – under the 1995 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

Area C, which forms more than 60 per cent of the West Bank and is rich with natural resources, is fully under Israel’s control.

The Palestinian people are struggling to catch up with the world amid settler colonialism that controls the land, weakens people, controls the borders and crossings of the state of Palestine, robs the resources and capabilities of our people and practices everything that would undermine development opportunities in Palestine

Shtayyeh said.

International law views the West Bank as territory illegally occupied by Israel.

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