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NGO Rejoinder

24 Oct 2017

Author:
Al-Haq

Rejoinder: Al-Haq responds to HeidelbergCement regarding allegations of IHL violations

...Al-Haq commends HeidelbergCement’s engagement in responding to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre as an important step in creating a dialogue for awareness of corporate involvement in human rights violations. However, Al-Haq notes that the 50-year occupation and colonization of Palestinian territory is continuing unabated because of international and Israeli corporate interests like HeidelbergCement who exploit the armed conflict and repression of the occupied Palestinian people for commercial profit. Al-Haq further contends that the presence of companies in illegal Israeli settlements and the exploitation of Palestinian natural resources by such companies, including HeidelbergCement, constitute manifest violations of international law. HeidelbergCement correctly points out that the “Nahal Raba quarry is located on public land in Area C.” The location of the quarry, is indeed on public land...in the occupied Palestinian territory. While admitting that the quarry is located on public land, HeidelbergCement then consistently fails to apply occupation law governing public property to the quarries. Instead, the corporation applies Article 43 of the Hague Regulations to conclude that no private ownership of the quarries is established. However, at the heart of Article 43 is the belligerent occupants temporary de facto administration of the occupied territory, where the sovereign rights of the occupied territory remain vested in the ousted sovereign...

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