Archives for May 2014

29 May 2014 – Al-Aqsa and Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike


I write to alert you to the critical situation and continuously rising tensions in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, as a result of Israel’s relentless provocations and illegal actions against the Palestinian people. On a daily basis, the occupying Power persists with its grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, which include rampant settlement activities, military raids, systematic detention and arrest of Palestinians, constant provocations, including incitement at holy sites and destruction of Palestinian property by extremist Israeli settlers, as well as the suffocating blockade on the Gaza Strip.  All of these violations are exacerbating conditions on the ground, intensifying the hardships faced by the Palestinian people and solidifying doubts regarding Israel’s so-called desire for peace. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad H. Mansour, before the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Fund side event and exhibition during the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation of the United Nations General  Assembly, 19 May 2014:


Distinguished Delegates,

On behalf of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian people, those who live under Israeli occupation and in other places, I am honored to participate in this IBSA event and exhibition on the margins of the High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation. I take this opportunity to join other delegations in highlighting the admirable initiatives of IBSA to fight poverty and hunger and commend IBSA on the unveiling of the 2014 IBSA Fund Report. As one of the beneficiaries of the IBSA Fund, the State of Palestine expresses its deep appreciation for the development assistance extended to the Palestinian people by the Fund as a concrete demonstration of solidarity within the context of South-South cooperation. I would also like to share the beneficial impact of recently completed IBSA projects and ongoing new initiatives in Palestine being undertaken in cooperation with relevant Government Ministries and institutions. [Read more…]

15 May 2014 – بيان صحفي

بعث السفيرالدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، رسائل متطابقة إلى الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة ورئيس مجلس الأمن (جمهورية كوريا) ورئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، حول مرور 66 عاماً منذ النكبة ومأساة عام 1948 والتي اقتلعت غالبية الفلسطينيين قسراً وتسببت في طردهم من ديارهم وأراضيهم فراً وخوفاً على حياتهم بعد المذابح الوحشية التي ارتكبتها الميليشيات والقوات الإسرائيلية ضد الآلاف من الأبرياء من الفلسطينيين والتي تسببت في تشريد أكثر من 750,000 منهم والذين أصبحوا لاجئين في أجزاء أخرى من فلسطين، وفي البلدان المجاورة، وهي: الأردن ولبنان وسوريا. وذكر السفير منصور ان اليوم يعيش أكثر من 5 ملايين من اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في مخيمات اللاجئين التي تديرها الأونروا في المنطقة. [Read more…]

15 May 2014 – Al-Nakba and Israeli Killing of Palestinian Boys


On this day, the Palestinian people somberly mark the passage of 66 years since Al-Nakba, the tragedy in 1948 by which the majority of Palestinians were forcibly uprooted and expelled from their homes and lands in Mandate Palestine, or fled in fear for their lives after the brutal massacres perpetrated by Israeli militias and forces against thousands of innocent Palestinian men, women, children and elderly persons in villages and towns throughout the land in a clear act of ethnic cleansing. Violently displaced and dispossessed, more than 750,000 Palestinians became refugees in other parts of Palestine and in neighboring countries, namely Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Today, the Palestinian refugees number more than 5 million people, with the majority of them living in refugee camps administered by UNRWA throughout the region. [Read more…]

5 May 2014 – So-called Jewish Seminary in East Jerusalem


I regret to inform you of the continuing turmoil and deterioration of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, due to the illegal, provocative policies being carried out by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people. On a daily basis, Israel is perpetrating grave violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, threatening to further destabilize the already-fragile situation and seriously undermine the future of the peace process, which has been suspended by Israel’s unilateral decision to halt negotiations. [Read more…]

“Omar” Screening and Conversation with Waleed Zuaiter, Co-star and Producer, Abbas “Eddy” F. Zuaiter, Executive Producer and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin of HuffPost Live

Academy Award nominee “Omar” was screened at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 1 May 2014. The screening was followed by a discussion with Mr. Waleed Zuaiter, Co-star and Producer of the film, and Mr. Abbas “Eddy” F. Zuaiter, Executive Producer, moderated by Mr. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin of HuffPost Live. Click here to watch the panel discussion following the film screening of OMAR.






Presidential Statement and Conclusions of the 26th PLO Central Council Meeting, 26-27 April 2014

Address of H.E. President Mahmoud Abbas to the PLO Central Council (Unofficial English Translation)

Conclusions of the PLO Cental Council Meeting, 26th Session