Archives for November 2014

12 November 2014 – Continued Israeli Provocations

Excellency,

Once again, we must draw the international community’s attention to the alarming situation resulting from ongoing illegal Israeli actions and provocations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which continue to exacerbate the already-dangerous situation. These illegal Israeli actions are clearly intended to entrench the occupation, repress the Palestinian people into submission to this occupation, and to further undermine the Palestinian leadership, including by the continuation of a raging campaign of incitement directed at President Mahmoud Abbas by Israeli Ministers.  All together, these continued violations will only further destabilize the situation, with far-reaching negative consequences for both peoples and for the region.

We reiterate our unequivocal condemnation and rejection of Israel’s escalation of aggressions in Occupied East Jerusalem, in particular in and around Al-Aqsa Compound, which continue to be subjected to incursions and provocations by Israeli extremists, including settlers and government officials. The flagrant disrespect for this Holy Site and for Palestinian worshippers, marked by nearly daily incursions into the Compound as well as the denial of entry of Palestinian worshippers by Israeli occupying forces, along with repeated declarations amounting to blatant incitement must be taken seriously by the international community as they are stoking religious sensitivities and aggravating tensions, with the potential to spiral out of control. [Read more…]

12 November 2014 – بيان صحفي

بعث السفير الدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، رسائل متطابقة الى الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة ورئيس مجلس الأمن (استراليا) ورئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة،  ادان فيها بشدة الاعمال غير الشرعية والاستفزازية التي تقوم بها إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالاحتلال، وخاصة التصعيد الاسرائيلي الخطير في القدس المحتلة والهجمات المتكررة ضد المقدسات في القدس الشرقية، لا سيما المسجد الأقصى، واعمال التحريض الإسرائيلية، بما في ذلك ضد القيادة الفلسطينية، وعلى رأسها الرئيس محمود عباس.  [Read more…]

6 November 2014 – Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee), Agenda Item 51: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Mr. Chair,

On behalf of the State of Palestine, I express our 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 Kohona of Sri Lanka, Chair of the Committee, Ambassador Hussein Haniff of Malaysia and Ambassador Fode` Seck of Senegal for their efforts and for the report (A/69/355) submitted on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Occupied Syrian Golan and the serious recommendations made therein.

We also thank the Secretary-General and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the comprehensive reports prepared pursuant to the General Assembly resolutions regarding “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan” (A/69/348) and “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” (A/69/347). These reports attest to a systematic pattern of human rights violations as a result of the illegal, oppressive and destructive policies and measures that continue to be carried out by Israel, the occupying Power. [Read more…]

5 November 2014 – Jerusalem: Continued Israeli Provocations and Illegal Settlements

Excellency,

I have been instructed to once again draw your urgent attention to the critical situation and dangerously rising tensions in Occupied East Jerusalem due to the continuation of illegal actions, consisting of provocations and incitement by Israel, the occupying Power, including in particular by right-wing Israeli government officials, extremist settlers and religious zealots, against the Palestinian people, their land and their holy places.  Provocations and incitement have intensified in both frequency and aggressiveness in the recent weeks and continue to aggravate religious sensitivities and the fragile and volatile situation on the ground, threatening to precipitate a religious conflict and to plunge the region into further instability and violence.

For the second time in a week, Israeli occupying forces sealed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, preventing the entry of Palestinian worshippers.  This provocative action set off another round of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli extremists, who continue to agitate at this Holy Site. In what can only be seen as a clear attempt to stoke already-high tensions, early this morning, a group of Israeli extremists, protected by more than 300 Israeli occupying forces, stormed the compound firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at Palestinian worshippers, causing serious injuries to at least 30 people, inflicting serious injuries on two of the worshippers.  Moreover, it was reported that Israeli extremists entered Al-Aqsa mosque with their shoes on in a shameful sign of disrespect and with the purpose to infuriate Palestinian worshippers while eyewitnesses at the scene reported that occupying forces threw books of the Holy Quran on the floor. [Read more…]

4 November 2014 – Statement by Rabii Hantouli on Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources

كلمة ربيع الحنتولي، المستشار أول، البعثة المراقبة الدائمة لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة، أمام اللجنة الإقتصادية والمالية (اللجنة الثانية) حول البند 60 ” السيادة الدائمة للشعب الفلسطيني في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، وللسكان العرب في الجولان السوري المحتل على مواردهم الطبيعية”،  الدورة 69 للجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، نيويورك،            4 نوفمبر/ تشرين الثاني 2014.

السيد الرئيس،

أود في البداية أن أتقدم بإسم فلسطين بالتهنئة الصادقة لكم على توليكم رئاسة هذه اللجنة، وكذلك إلى أعضاء المكتب الموقرين، كما أتقدم بالشكر إلى السكرتارية على عملها الدؤوب. وِاسمحو لي أيضا أن أشكر السيدة ريما خلف، الأمينة التنفيذية للجنة الإقتصادية والإجتماعية لغربي آسيا (الإسكوا)، على تقديمها لتقرير الأمين العام المعد من قبل الإسكوا والمعنون “الإنعكاسات الإقتصادية والإجتماعية للإحتلال الإسرائيلي على الأحوال المعيشية للشعب الفلسطيني في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، وللسكان العرب في الجولان السوري المحتل”، والوارد في الوثيقة رقم  A/69/81-E/2014/13.

السيد الرئيس، [Read more…]