Archives for March 2015

25 March 2015 – Intensification and Punitive Israeli Practices

Excellency,

Global hopes for peace have been further diminished by recent confirmations of the Israeli Prime Minister’s anti-peace stance.  His blatant rejection of the two-State solution endorsed for decades by the international community, along with his racist rant against the Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel and the inflammatory rhetoric of his extremist cohorts, indicate the depth of Israel’s intransigence and contempt for international law, human rights and the fundamental principles of democracy, equality and justice.

The words of Israeli leaders continue to translate directly into unlawful and inhumane deeds, causing more suffering and loss for the Palestinian people under this nearly half-century belligerent military occupation.  The critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory constituting the State of Palestine – continues to deteriorate as illegal and punitive measures by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people continue apace. This toxic combination of developments, at the political, security and humanitarian levels, should be cause for alarm and should prompt urgent international action to prevent further destabilization and salvage the minimal prospects for peace before it is too late. [Read more…]

25 March 2015 – بيان صحفي

بيان صحفي

25 مــارس 2015

عقد مجلس الأمن مناقشة مفتوحة حول “الأطفال والصراعات المسلحة” حيث قدمت السيدة ليلى زروفي، الممثل الخاص للأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بشأن الأطفال والصراعات المسلحة وأدلى السفير الدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة، ببيان ذكر فيه أن الأطفال الفلسطينيين يعانون مشاق شديدة من أعمال العدوان والقمع والانتهاكات الجسيمة لحقوق الإنسان التي ترتكبها قوات الإحتلال الإسرائيلي في انتهاك خطير للقانون الدولي، بما في ذلك، في جملة أمور، إتفاقية جنيف الرابعة، وإتفاقية حقوق الطفل، وميثاق الأمم المتحدة، وقرارات مجلس الأمن. وذكر أن قوات الاحتلال تقوم بعمليات قتل وتشويه للأطفال الفلسطينيين. ففي العدوان الإسرائيلي في الصيف الماضي على قطاع غزة قتل ما لا يقل عن 540 طفلا فلسطينيا يشكلون20% من ضحايا هذا العدوان من المدنيين. كما أصيب الآلاف من الأطفال بجروح. بالإضافة إلى تعرض الأطفال في الضفة الغربية المحتلة لإعتداءات وهجمات من قبل قوات الاحتلال والمستوطنين المتطرفين. وتستهدف إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالاحتلال،عمدا المدارس والمستشفيات. وفي عدوانها الأخير على غزة، وعلى الرغم من تلقي الحكومة الإسرائيلية مرارا وتكرارا معلومات دقيقة عن مواقع المستشفيات والمراكز الطبية والمدارس، بما فيها تلك التي كانت إسرائيل تعلم أن العائلات الفلسطينية كانت تحتمي فيها، فقد أصيبت 279 مدرسة و 75 مركز صحي ومستشفى بأضرار بالغة ودمرت السلطة القائمة بالإحتلال بشكل منهجي منازل الفلسطينيين وممتلكاتهم المدنية مما أدى إلى تشريد الآلاف من العائلات. كما أن  إسرائيل تمنع وصول المساعدات الإنسانية للشعب الفلسطيني مما يعرض وضع ورفاه الأطفال الفلسطينيين للخطر. وتفرض إسرائيل منذ عام 2007 حصاراً غير أخلاقي وغير قانوني على أكثر من 1.8 مليون مدني في قطاع غزة مما دمر اقتصادها وبنيتها التحتية، بما في ذلك شبكات المياه. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Security Council Debate on “Children and Armed Conflict”, 25 March 2015:

I thank you for convening today’s debate on children and armed conflict. I also thank Special Representative Leila Zerrougui for her briefing, as well as the UN agencies supporting Palestinian children, including UNICEF and UNRWA.

Mr. President,

 

As the Security Council considers the situation of children in armed conflict around the world, we appeal to the Council not to forget Palestinian children, who are suffering extreme hardship, shocking acts of aggression, oppression, and gross human rights violations due to the Israeli occupation and persistence of this conflict for nearly seventy years.  Israel, the occupying Power, is in continuous, grave breach of international law, including, inter alia, the 4th Geneva Convention, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Charter, and Security Council resolutions. It is without a doubt, that Israel systematically fulfils three of the six criteria used to assess grave violations against children. [Read more…]

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict
International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
United Nations Convention against Corruption
Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
The Hague Convention (IV) Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its Annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land
Geneva Convention (I) on Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field,1949
17Geneva Convention (II) on the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked of Armed Forces at Sea, 1949
Geneva Convention (III) on Prisoners of War, 1949
Geneva Convention (IV) on Civilians, 1949
Additional Protocol relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts
Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts
Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
Declaration 12(3) granting retroactive jurisdiction to the ICC (since 13 June 2014)
Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court
Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents
Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel
United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards
Convention on the Political Rights of Women
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects (with Protocols I, II and III)
Protocol on Non-Detectable Fragments (Protocol I) to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons
Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons (Protocol III) to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons
Convention on Cluster Munitions
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982
Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses
Convention on Biological Diversity
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Paris Agreement

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Statement by Mrs. Somaia Barghouti, Senior Adviser, the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine, before the Commission on the Status of Women, 59th session, New York, 13 March 2015

Madam Chair,

At the outset, please allow me, on behalf of the delegation of the State of Palestine, to congratulate you on your election to the presidency of this important commission. We wish you and all members of the Bureau all success.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for his report regarding “the Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” (E/CN.6/2015/5), in which the tragic situation of Palestinian women is addressed. The report stated: “expressed deep concern about the grave situation of Palestinian women in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and the critical socioeconomic and humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.” Moreover, it emphasized that: “Restrictions on movement and access, increased settlement expansion and settler violence, demolitions of Palestinian infrastructure and displacement, the fragmentation of the territory and the closure of the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly the Gaza Strip, continue to have a negative gender differentiated impact on the lives of Palestinian women and their families.” My delegation considers this report to be very important however, we would like to express our concern regarding how this tragic situation was portrayed as the result of a conflict between two equal parties, Israel and Palestine, rather than taking into consideration that the Palestinian people have been suffering for more than 48 years under Israel’s illegal colonial military occupation and its oppressive and racist practices. [Read more…]