24/1/2021–|Last updated: 1/24/202111:29 AM (Makkah)
reveal Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyadh Al-Maliki, yesterday, Saturday, that an international committee specialized in combating racism accepted to consider a complaint filed by the State of Palestine against Israel.
Al-Maliki added, in an interview with the official Palestine TV, that the complaint was submitted by Palestine about two years ago to the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
He said, “There was a submission of a complaint, then pleadings by us and the Israeli side, and we waited until that approved body approved the complaint, and now we have a complaint that has been approved for consideration,” without specifying the date of acceptance of the complaint.
He pointed out that discussing the issue takes time, considering that approval of the issue “means that there are sound and sufficient grounds for accepting and dealing with it, and Israel must respond to its requests.”
Al-Maliki stated that Palestine is awaiting follow-up of the file, explaining that it has benefited from its accession to a number of international conventions in submitting this complaint.
“We are studying at this moment other possibilities, through our membership in those agreements,” he added.
Al-Maliki’s statements came in the course of his commentary on a “position paper” issued by the Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories “B’Tselem” about two weeks ago, in which he called Israel an “apartheid state”.
B’Tselem justified its decision that “the Israeli regime seeks to achieve and maintain Jewish supremacy in the area extending from the (Jordan) river to the (Mediterranean) sea,” referring to the land of historical Palestine.
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is made up of independent experts and monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its state parties.
Palestine has joined dozens of international organizations since it obtained the status of an observer member state at the United Nations in 2012, including the 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, and the 1967 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.