Arab League calls for boycott of Israel as peaceful resistance

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-23 23:48:02|Editor: yan
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CAIRO, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League (AL) called on Arab states on Monday to reactivate boycott of Israel, describing it as a peaceful resistance to press Israel to abide by international resolutions.

AL Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and the Occupied Arab Territories Affairs Saed Abu Ali made the remarks at the 91st meeting of the Arab boycott offices in Cairo.

He said that the international boycott of Israel had achieved success at both popular and official levels.

He noted that the conference coincided with the latest crucial development taking place in Palestine, featured by the Egypt-sponsored Palestinian internal reconciliation.

Ali reiterated the continuing Arab support for the struggle of the Palestinian people to end the Israeli occupation and to establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

He praised the UN Human Rights Committee for preparing a blacklist of "all business enterprises" that had enabled or profited from the expansion of Israeli settlements.

The companies who backed the Israeli occupation were challenging the international law and undermining the two-state solution, he said.

The AL official added that people around the world had expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people through boycotting those companies that supported Israeli occupation.

Ali spoke highly of the role that the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement played in achieving a qualitative leap during the past four years in academic, cultural and economic fields.

Israel has been under mounting pressures, since the Palestinian-led global BDS movement was launched in 2005 with the goal of ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The movement also calls for acknowledgment of the Palestinian refugees' right of return to their pre-1948 lands.

The campaign was endorsed by civil society organizations and universities throughout the world, as well as a number of public figures.