Archives for November 2013

27 November 2013 – Israeli Violations and Rising Tensions

Excellency,

We are compelled to draw the attention of the international community to the ongoing violations of international law being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory that constitutes the State of Palestine.  These violations continue to negatively impact and prejudice the situation on the ground, to cause suffering and hardship for the Palestinian people, to inflame tensions between the two sides, and to undermine the resumed negotiations and peace efforts. [Read more…]

13 November 2013 – Israeli Settlement Activities Sabotage 2-State Solution and Peace

Excellency,

I am compelled to draw your urgent attention to the critical situation both on the ground and in the status of the recently resumed peace negotiations.  The prospects for realizing a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, on the basis of the two-State solution enshrined in relevant United Nations resolutions and on which there is an international consensus, are being deliberately sabotaged by Israel’s illegal and reckless settlement campaign in the Occupied State of Palestine.

Yesterday, 12 November, the Israeli NGO Peace Now exposed plans by Israel, the occupying Power, to construct more than 20,000 new settlement units, including in the so-called “E1” area, according to tenders provocatively announced by the Government’s Housing Ministry.  This massive settlement expansion, which would result in transfer of an exponential number of Israeli settlers – in addition to the more than half a million settlers already illegally transferred by Israel to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the territory that constitutes the State of Palestine – is a stark indication of Israel’s total contempt for international law, United Nations resolutions and the international consensus demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement activities. [Read more…]

Press Release 13 November 2013 – بيــان صحفـي

بعث السفير الدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، رسائل متطابقة إلى الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة ورئيس مجلس الأمن (الصين) ورئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، ذكر فيها أن حملة الإستيطان الإسرائيلية غير القانونية في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، تقوض آفاق تحقيق حل سلمي للصراع الفلسطيني الإسرائيلي، على أساس حل الدولتين المنصوص عليه في قرارات الأمم المتحدة ذات الصلة والذي عليه إجماع دولي، مشيراً الى ما كشفته منظمة “السلام الآن” الإسرائيلية غير الحكومية يوم 12 نوفمبر عن خطط من جانب إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالإحتلال ، لبناء أكثر من 20,000 وحدة إستيطانية جديدة، بما في ذلك ما يسمى منطقة “E1” بموجب عطاءات أعلنتها وزارة الإسكان الإسرائيلية. [Read more…]

Right of Reply – Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Right of Reply by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee),

Item 52: “Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories”, 11 November 2013:

Mr. Chair,

I apologize for requesting the floor once again, however, I am compelled to reply to the statement made by the representative of Israel in today’s debate.

As we stated at the outset of this debate, the report of the Special Committee is neither biased, nor one-sided. The Special Committee’s examination of the situation is clearly in the framework of international and relevant United Nations resolutions.

There is NO distortion of the truth.  There is no “discrediting” of Israel by the Committee; the Committee is reporting FACTS – facts regarding the egregious, systematic violations – many amounting to war crimes – being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people under its occupation.  Its blatant, deliberate, consistent non-compliance with international law and its complete disrespect for the UN and the international community are what single Israel out.  And, yet, Israel continues to try to justify its violations, distorting the truth and attack those who speak it. [Read more…]

Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee),

Agenda Item 52: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, 68th Session UN General Assembly, 8 November 2013:

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Mr. Chair,

I express the State of Palestine’s deep appreciation to the members of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.  We thank Ambassador Palitha T.B. Kohona of Sri Lanka, Chair of the Committee, Ambassador Hussein Haniff of Malaysia and Ambassador Fode` Seck of Senegal for the report on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Occupied Syrian Golan and the serious recommendations made therein.

The Special Committee’s report, along with the recent reports of the Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 and other UN bodies and agencies, including UNRWA, UNICEF, OCHA and ESCWA, portray with accuracy the critical human rights situation in Palestine as a result of the illegal, oppressive policies being pursued by Israel, the occupying Power. [Read more…]

Right of Reply – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Right of Reply by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the 4th Committee debate on Item 51: UNRWA, 7 November 2013:

Mr. Chair,

I apologize for taking the floor once again.  However, I am compelled to reply to the assertion by the delegate of Israel that the right of return of the Palestine refugees is a “non-starter” – despite the fact that the Palestine refugee issue is an agreed final status issue to be negotiated between the parties – and the claim that it is “the obstacle to peace”.

I ask the Committee: How is respect for human rights and international law contrary to the requirements for peace? How does the obstruction of rights, the perpetuation of the exile, dispossession and misery of a people serve the cause of peace?  It does not.

The Israeli delegate called for “putting people before politics”.  We agree.  This would require, first and foremost, recognition by Israel of the humanity of the Palestine refugees, of the suffering and loss it has inflicted on them, and of their right to justice.  It requires an end to the denial of their rights based on narrow, cynical and unjustified political interests.

Furthermore, the callous remarks regarding the “number” of Palestine refugee, and who constitutes a Palestine refugee or not, are the height of hypocrisy by a State granting return to any Jewish person from anywhere in the world, yet denying Palestine refugees their right to return. [Read more…]

Press Release 6 November 2013 – بيــان صحفـي

 ألقت السفيرة فداء عبد الهادي ناصر، نائبة المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، كلمة أمام اللجنة السياسية الخاصة وإنهاء الإستعمار (اللجنة الرابعة) التابعة للجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، حول بند وكالة الأمم المتحدة لإغاثة وتشغيل لاجئي فلسطين في الشرق الأدنى (الأونروا) شكرت فيها المفوض العام للوكالة، فيليبو غراندي، على تقديم التقرير السنوي للأونروا وإحاطة اللجنة بالتحديات التي تواجهها الوكالة وأوضاع اللاجئين الفلسطينيين، وشكرت جميع موظفي الوكالة لتفانيهم في تقديم الخدمات والمساعدات إلى اللاجئين الفلسطينيين على الرغم من الظروف الصعبة التي يعملون فيها والنقص الحاد في التمويل. كما أكدت من جديد إمتنان دولة فلسطين العميق للدعم السياسي والمالي والمعنوي المبدئي للاجئين الفلسطينيين من قبل المجتمع الدولي والبلدان المضيفة- لبنان والأردن وسوريا-، ومن مجتمع المانحين من خلال  دعم وكالة الأونروا لأكثر من ستة عقود. وأضافت أن هذا الإلتزام الدولي يظل حيويا للغاية في إنتظار تحقيق حل عادل لمحنة اللاجئين الفلسطينيين وفقا للقانون الدولي وقرارات الأمم المتحدة ذات الصلة، بما في ذلك قرار الجمعية العامة 194 الذي يؤكد، من جملة أمور، حق اللاجئين الفلسطينيين إلى العودة إلى ديارهم للعيش في سلام مع جيرانهم والحصول على تعويض عادل. [Read more…]

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee),

Agenda Item 51: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 6 November 2013:

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 Mr. Chair,

On behalf of the delegation of the State of Palestine, I wish to reaffirm our appreciation to you and your country, El Salvador, on chairing this important Committee, and our confidence in your ability and that of the esteemed Bureau Members from the countries of Lesotho, Cyprus, Italy and Slovakia – to successfully steer the Committee’s work this session.

Mr. Chair,

I thank the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Mr. Filippo Grandi, for presenting UNRWA’s annual report and briefing the Committee on the challenges faced by the Agency in the past year and the ongoing plight of the Palestine refugees.

I reaffirm the gratitude of the Palestinian people and the Government of the State of Palestine to UNRWA for all efforts upholding its humanitarian mission in service of the Palestine refugees, despite a most difficult operational environment and severe funding shortfalls that are undermining the Agency’s work. We renew our deep appreciation to Commissioner-General Grandi, Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis, the Directors of Field Operations and the Agency’s entire staff, international and local, for their dedication to providing education, health care, relief, protection and emergency assistance to the Palestine refugees.  We also recognize the courage of the Agency’s staff, who often serve in conditions endangering their safety and yet remain the only UN staff in the area not entitled to hazard pay, an issue which must be rectified. [Read more…]

5 November 2013 Press Release – بيـــان صحفـــي

 ألقت نادية رشيد، المستشار أول بالبعثة المراقبة الدائمة لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، كلمة أمام اللجنة الثالثة التابعة للجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة والمعنية بالمسائل الإجتماعية والثقافية والإنسانية حول بند “حق الشعوب في تقرير المصير”، ذكرت فيها أنه على الرغم من تكريس حق تقرير المصير في المادة 1 من العهد الدولي الخاص بالحقوق المدنية والسياسية والمادة 1 من العهد الدولي الخاص بالحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والثقافية جنباً إلى جنب مع القانون الدولي والقانون الإنساني الدولي، فإن إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالإحتلال، ولأكثر من أربعة عقود، قد تجاهلت عمداً هذا الحق وحرمت الشعب الفلسطيني من إعماله، وهي مستمرة في سياساتها وتدابيرها غير القانونية لخلق وقائع جديدة على الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، لترسيخ احتلالها غير الشرعي. [Read more…]

Right of Peoples to Self-Determination

Statement by Ms. Nadya Rasheed, First Counsellor, before the Third Committee, Agenda item 68: Right of Peoples to Self-Determination,

68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 5 November 2013

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The right to self-determination is enshrined in Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Article 1 of those two Covenants also obliges States parties, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, to promote the realization of the right to self-determination and to respect it, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.

Even though, the ICCPR and ICESCR are part of the universally recognized International Bill of Human Rights, these Covenants along with all aspects of international law and humanitarian law, which are all applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, have been deliberately ignored for more than four decades by Israel, the occupying Power. To take it a step further and to be more factual, not only have they been ignored by the occupying Power, but they have been violated, trampled on and violently withheld from the Palestinian people under its occupation. [Read more…]