Palestinian leaders on Thursday hailed a UN resolution in favour of Palestine having sovereignty over its natural resources, the Palestine News and Information Agency reported.
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday renewed its stance on the issue of the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan, over their natural resources.
A total of 159 member states backed the resolution, while Canada, Chad, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and the US voted against it, and 10 abstained.
A UN statement said: “By the text, the (General) Assembly demanded that Israel, the occupying power, cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.”
The resolution called on Israel to stop exploiting natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, and to halt any environmentally harmful activities of Israeli settlers, including the dumping of waste materials, the destruction of vital infrastructure, and the seizing of wells and agricultural land.