BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Marking the eighth anniversary’s of the International Court of Justice’s decision ruling the route of Israel’s separation barrier illegal, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Monday that the international community must work to end Israel’s impunity.
The legacy of the court’s ruling is that all states “have an obligation to see that the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and independence is fulfilled,” Erekat said.
He emphasized that the decision “reaffirmed the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination, the obligation to fulfil this right is a legal and moral obligation.”
Erekat also said he regretted “the international community’s inability thus far to end Israeli violations of international law, including the continued construction” of the wall, much of which is in Palestinian territory.
“This lack of accountability has encouraged a dangerous sense of impunity by Israel, borne of continued immunity from international accountability,” he said.
Erekat added: “Palestine’s independence is a historic certainty. What remains undetermined is how history will judge the international community and its contribution to Palestine’s long overdue freedom”.
(www.maannews.net / 09.07.2012)