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63. Mr. Ali (Syrian Arab Republic) ...
65. The continued Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory and the occupied Syrian Golan, the siege of Gaza and the strangulation of the Palestinian economy deprived the Palestinian people of its right to sustainable development. The extensive damage to the environment in occupied Palestine increased the suffering of the Palestinian people: lack of access to fuel in Gaza meant that sewage could not be treated and had to be discharged into the sea. After storms, raw sewage contaminated drinking water, causing a huge increase in disease. The occupying Power in the occupied Palestinian territory and the occupied Syrian Golan was systematically destroying the agriculture that represented the main source of the population’s income, denied Palestinian farmers access to water and their own land, and continued to appropriate land for settlements and military bases. Furthermore, Israel was burying nuclear waste in the occupied Syrian Golan with total disregard for its grave environmental impact. The international community should bring pressure to bear on Israel to end its occupation of Arab territory. No form of development could be realized by the Palestinian people while living under occupation.
The meeting rose at 1 p.m.
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