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Summary record of the 6th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 10 October 2007, at 10 a.m.
Chairperson: Ms. Lintonen ................................................................. (Finland)
General debate (continued)
1. Mr. Ja’afari (Syrian Arab Republic) ...
5. With reference to Israel’s intended submission of a draft resolution on the subject of harnessing agricultural technology for development, he said that Member States should examine the repercussions of Israel’s practices and policies on agricultural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory and the occupied Syrian Golan, all of which were amply described in the report in document A/62/75-E/2007/13. Israel should be ashamed to submit such a draft resolution, for the only technology it had offered to the world involved aggression, occupation and the denial of rights. Any draft that it did submit should reflect its own practices and violations relating to agriculture in the occupied Palestinian territory and the occupied Syrian Golan.
94. Mr. Ja’afari (Syrian Arabic Republic), speaking in exercise of the right of reply, said that his delegation had always emphasized the importance of not politicizing economic and social issues. However, the concluding remarks by the representative of Israel confirmed a desire to deprive Member States of the right to discuss the difficulties they faced in their attempts to achieve economic growth and sustainable development.
95. All would agree that foreign occupation was totally incompatible with economic growth and sustainable development. However, only the previous day Israel had confiscated some 110 hectares of farm land in Arab Jerusalem. Furthermore, Israel continued to impose high taxes on Syrian farmers in the occupied Golan Heights in order to deprive them of access to Israeli markets and ultimately to force them from their land to make way for Israeli settlements. It was time to hold the Israeli leadership accountable for such actions.
96. The scandalous practices of Israel had been well documented by the United Nations for several decades right up to the most recent ones, such as Israel’s disregard of the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the illegality of the separation wall in the occupied Palestinian territory. Special sessions of the Human Rights Council had been held to denounce inhumane Israeli practices in the occupied territories and every year the Special Rapporteurs continued to catalogue the negative economic and social effects of Israeli practices on Arab lands. Did such practices not seek to undermine all the efforts made by the Syrian Arabic Republic and Palestine to achieve sustainable development and economic growth and did they not also deprive the people affected of their right to development?
The meeting rose at 12.40 p.m.
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