Archives for January 2014

29 January 2014 – Grave Situation on Palestine Refugees in Yarmouk


I write to convey the grave concerns of the Government of the State of Palestine about the critical humanitarian situation of Palestine refugees in Syria.  I have recently raised this matter before the Security Council, drawing attention to the grave impact of the ongoing conflict on the Palestine refugees in Syria, who continue to suffer death and injury, the destruction of their homes, dispossession, and massive displacement.

Of the 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), more than half have been displaced inside Syria, while an estimated 80,000 have fled to neighboring countries, mainly Lebanon and Jordan, as well as to other countries in the region.  At this time, UNRWA reports that the conflict has overwhelmed most of the refugee camps and almost all Palestine refugees in Syria are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. [Read more…]

28 January 2014 – Statement By Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination in the Cremisan Valley


I have the honor to transmit a statement from the Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination issued today, 28 January 2014, calling for justice to be upheld in the Cremisan Valley, near Bethlehem in the Occupied State of Palestine where Israel, the occupying Power, plans to build its expansionist Wall on the land of 58 Palestinian Christian families, in total disrespect for the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice and the resolutions of the United Nations and in grave breach of international law. [Read more…]

23 January 2014 – 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 (الأردن) ورئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، حول الإضطرابات المستمرة وتدهور الوضع في دولة فلسطين المحتلة بسبب السياسات غير القانونية والإستفزازية التي لاتزال تنتهجها إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالإحتلال. ذكر فيها أنه في حين تبذل جهود سلام جادة على الصعيدين الإقليمي والدولي لتحقيق السلام وإنقاذ الحل القائم على دولتين تواصل إسرائيل سياساتها العدوانية والإستعمارية وفي الواقع، فإنه منذ استئناف محادثات السلام لم تتوقف السلطة القائمة بالإحتلال عن إجراءاتها القمعية و التدميرية التي تهدد بعرقلة محادثات السلام. [Read more…]

United Nations screening of the Gaza documentary “Where Should the Birds Fly?”

Fida Qishta and Laila El-Haddad

Fida Qishta and Laila El-Haddad

On the occasion of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the Working Group of the Palestinian Rights Committee organized a screening of Fida Qishta’s documentary “Where Should The Birds Fly?” at UN Headquarters on Monday, 20 January 2014. The screening was followed by a conversation between Fida Qishta and Laila El-Haddad, Palestinian author and journalist (“The Gaza Kitchen“, 2012).

23 January 2014 – More Settlements in the West Bank and Missiles in the Gaza Strip Aggravate Tensions


I regret to inform you of the continuing turmoil and deterioration of the situation in the Occupied State of Palestine due to illegal and provocative policies that continue to be pursued by Israel, the occupying Power.  While serious peace efforts are being undertaken both regionally and internationally to achieve peace and to salvage the two-State solution, Israel instead continues to choose aggression and colonization.  In fact, not a single day has passed since the resumption of peace talks in which the occupying Power has ceased its oppressive and destructive measures threatening to derail the peace talks and threatening to create an environment for violence to erupt and spiral out of control.

 The latest spate of Israeli crimes took place yesterday, Wednesday, 22 January, in the Gaza Strip, an integral part of the State of Palestine, which remains under an oppressive, unlawful blockade.  For the second time in a week, Israeli occupying forces launched military strikes against the Gaza Strip, firing a missile at a car carrying Ahmed Zaanin, 21 years old, and Mahmoud Zaanin, 23 years old, killing them both.  We continue to condemn this illegal practice of extrajudicial executions repeatedly perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, and call for the international community to take measures to ensure accountability for such grave violations of international law and human rights law. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 20 January 2014, New York

I thank H.E. Mr. Nasser Judeh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Jordan, for presiding over this meeting, and thank H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, for his briefing. I reaffirm the State of Palestine’s gratitude for the principled efforts you have respectively and consistently exerted for peace and a just solution to the question of Palestine.

Mr. President,

It is with immense pride that we see Jordan assuming the Presidency of the Security Council, and we convey our congratulations and wishes for success during its tenure.  Likewise, we extend sincerest congratulations to all the new non-permanent members – Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria, confident in your adherence to the Charter and abilities to fulfill the serious responsibilities of this organ, including vis-à-vis the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the goal of a just, comprehensive solution, a matter central to international peace and security. [Read more…]

Statement of H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas President of the State of Palestine Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization before the meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People – New York, 16 January 2014

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I wish to convey to you the greetings of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian people, coupled with sincere felicitations on the occasion of the New Year. I also take this opportunity to renew our profound gratitude for your solidarity with and support for the Palestinian people, including support for their inalienable rights and legitimate national aspirations to achieve their freedom and the independence of the State of Palestine on the basis of the 4th of June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.  We still have faith that peace can be achieved in our land – the land of peace – so that all peoples of our region can enjoy stability, security and good-neighborly relations.

At this meeting, and on the occasion of the launch of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we reiterate the permanent responsibility of the United Nations towards the question of Palestine until it is justly resolved in all its aspects.  In this regard, we express our deep gratitude and appreciation for the valuable efforts exerted by H.E. the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, by the Members and Observers of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and its Chairman, H.E. Mr.Abdou Salam Diallo, and Bureau, as well as by the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat of the United Nations, for their firm support of the just cause of Palestine and their tireless efforts to promote the realization of the rights of the Palestinian people and to ensure the achievement of just and lasting peace.  I also wish to commend the Department of Public Information of the United Nations for its implementation of the Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine, as well as all the efforts of the relevant United Nations agencies and programmes to raise awareness and support for Palestine and the goals of peace and justice. [Read more…]

كلمة سيادة الرئيس محمود عباس رئيس دولة فلسطين رئيس اللجنة التنفيذية لمنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية في إجتماع لجنة الأمم المتحدة المعنية بممارسة الشعب الفلسطيني لحقوقه غير القابلة للتصرف

أصحاب السعادة، السيدات والسادة،

أود في البداية أن أنقل إليكم تحيات دولة فلسطين والشعب الفلسطيني مقرونة بأجمل عبارات التهاني وأجل التبريكات بمناسبة حلول العام الميلادي الجديد. كما أغتنم هذه المناسبة لنجدد إمتناننا العميق لتضامنكم ودعمكم للشعب الفلسطيني ولحقوقه غير القابلة للتصرف ولتطلعاته الوطنية المشروعة من أجل تحقيق حريته وإستقلال دولة فلسطين على أساس حدود الرابع من يونيو/حزيران 1967 وعاصمتها القدس الشرقية وتحقيق السلام العادل والدائم والشامل. لايزال لدينا الإيمان بأن السلام يمكن أن يتحقق على أرضنا، أرض السلام، لتنعم شعوب منطقتنا بظله بالإستقرار والأمن وحسن الجوار. [Read more…]

SG Statement on the Launch of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

The following statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued on 16 Jan 2014:

Today marks the launch of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  This will be a critical year for achieving the two-State solution, bringing an end to the occupation that started in 1967, and securing an independent, viable and sovereign State of Palestine living in peace and security with the State of Israel where each recognizes the other’s legitimate rights.

I call on all members of the international community and, in particular, Israelis and Palestinians, to work together for justice and a durable peace.  Israel and Palestine need to live up to their commitment to a negotiated two-State solution and resolve all permanent status issues, in accordance with Security Council resolutions, the Madrid principles, the Road Map, the 2002 Arab Peace initiative and existing agreements between the parties.

The leaders of Israel and Palestine will need political will, a sense of historic responsibility and a clear vision for a better future for this and future generations.  I pledge to do my utmost in support of their efforts.

Remarks by H.E. John W. Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the UNGA at the first meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in 2014 and the launch of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Deputy Secretary-General,
Chairman of the Committee,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning one and all.

Let me begin by thanking the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for the opportunity to participate in its first meeting for 2014. I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Chairman of the Committee and the other members of the Bureau for their unanimous election to this important body.

On behalf of the General Assembly, I wish to thank you, the Committee, for your dedicated work towards the achievement of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and for promoting international solidarity with the people of Palestine in their legitimate aspirations for independence and sovereignty. [Read more…]