Shura Council Condemns Storming of Al-Aqsa, Approves "Commercial Concealment" Draft Law

09 January 2023

The Shura Council held today its regular weekly session, in "Tamim bin Hamad Hall", under the chairmanship of HE Speaker of the Shura Council Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim.

At the beginning of the session, the Council denounced the Israeli Minister of National Security's incursion into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and considered it a provocation to the feelings of Muslims around the world, warning that the escalatory practices by the new government confirm the continuation of the systematic Israeli policy against the Palestinian people, their lands and sanctities.

The Shura Council affirmed that this policy impedes efforts to achieve peace, calling on the parliaments of the world to put pressure on their governments to condemn these practices, which are a violation of international law and United Nations resolutions, and are inconsistent with the most basic principles of human rights.

The Council also condemned the Israeli occupation army's storming of the city of Jenin, stressing that the continuous violations of the rights of the Palestinian people, amid this international silence, will only lead to more violence and undermine peace efforts.

The Council reaffirmed its position on the Palestinian cause, and the need for the brotherly Palestinian people to obtain all their legitimate rights, foremost of which is the establishment of their independent state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, stressing that this is a firm position of the Qatari people.

After that, the Council reviewed a draft law on the procedures for dividing estates, which was referred to it by the esteemed government, and decided to refer it to the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee for study and submission of its report thereon to the Council.

During the session, the Council approved a draft law on combating the concealment of the practice of commercial, economic and professional activities by non-Qataris in violation of the law, as amended, after reviewing the report of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on it, and discussing the provisions of the draft law by Their Excellencies the members of the Council.

In this context, Their Excellencies the members of the Council stressed the importance of the draft law in protecting the rights of citizens, strengthening the national economy, and protecting commercial and economic activities, noting that the draft law keeps pace with developments in the economic and investment fields, and limits the negative effects of concealment on the national economy.

The Council also reviewed the report of its delegation's participation in the work of the second session of the third session of the third legislative term of the Arab Parliament, which was held in the Arab Republic of Egypt in November of last year.

The report included a presentation of the most important topics discussed in the aforementioned session, and the most important draft decisions that were reviewed, including a draft resolution on developments in the Palestinian cause and the situation in the occupied territories, which included several items, including support for the position of the Palestinian people, their steadfastness, and their continuous struggle to regain their land and inalienable rights.