Archives for November 2015

24 November 2015 – Continued Israeli Violations and Crimes against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

I write to draw your attention to the critical situation ongoing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to the grave reality being faced by the unprotected Palestinian civilian population as a direct result of the Israeli military occupation and the massive human rights violations being perpetrated against them by the occupying Power.

We must highlight the deepening vulnerability of Palestinian children, as they continue to bear the brunt of increasingly oppressive, violent and illegal Israeli policies and practices. For nearly five decades, Palestinian children have suffered at the hands of the Israeli occupying forces and will tragically continue to suffer as long as Israel, the occupying Power, remains immune from any consequences for its blatant and systematic human rights violations and crimes.  In this connection, we bring to your immediate attention that yesterday, 23 November, Israeli occupying forces killed in cold blood three Palestinian children in different parts of the occupied West Bank. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador, before the UNGA, Agenda Item 38: Question of Palestine, Agenda Item 37: Situation in the Middle East, 23 November 2015, New York:

Mr. President,

I am honored to address the General Assembly in this important debate and on this day of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – the 38th observance of this solemn day since the Assembly proclaimed it in 1977. I reaffirm the gratitude of the Palestinian people and Government for the support to the just cause of Palestine from every corner of the globe and for the moving expressions of solidarity for our people today and through the long decades of their plight.

We renew our appreciation to the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which for 40 years has exerted efforts in support of the Palestinian people’s rights and national aspirations to live in freedom, peace, and security in their homeland. We thank Ambassador Fode Seck of Senegal for his skilled chairing of the Committee and introducing the draft resolutions on the “Question of Palestine”. We also thank the Rapporteur, Ambassador Christopher Grima of Malta, for presenting the annual report, and thank the other Bureau members – Afghanistan, Cuba, Indonesia, Namibia and Nicaragua – along with all of the Committee Members and Observers for their principled, strong support. We also thank the Division for Palestinian Rights and DPI Special Information Programme on Palestine for their efforts and support to the Committee in the past year. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas President of the State of Palestine Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 23 November 2015:

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,

H.E Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly,

H.E. Mr. Matthew Rycroft, President of the Security Council,

H.E. Mr. Fodé Seck, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I wish to convey to you greetings from the State of Palestine and the Palestinian people to all of our friends around the world participating in the commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. We commemorate this occasion, two months after we all participated in the momentous ceremony that took place in the Rose Garden at the United Nations to raise the flag of the State of Palestine. We are proud that, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and in other UN offices, the flag of the State of Palestine is flying alongside the flags of the countries of the world. [Read more…]

Statement by Ambassador Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee), Agenda Item 55: 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 2015:

Mr. Chair,

At the outset, I convey 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 – Ambassador Amrith Rohan Perera of Sri Lanka, Chair of the Committee, Ambassador Ramlan Bin Ibrahim of Malaysia and Minister Counsellor Aboubacar Sadikh Barry of Senegal. We thank them for their efforts in upholding the Special Committee’s mandate, despite the obstacles in this regard – namely the continued refusal by Israel, the occupying Power, to cooperate with the Special Committee in violation of its obligations as a Member State of the United Nations – and for their comprehensive report (A/70/406-A/70/406/Corr.1) on the critical human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Occupied Syrian Golan during the past year. [Read more…]

17 November 2015 – Continued Israeli Violations and Crimes against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

We are compelled to draw your attention to the continuously rising tensions and violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory constituting the State of Palestine – as Israel, the occupying Power, continues its military aggressions and human rights violations against the Palestinian people.

Israeli occupying forces continue to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians, including against children and peaceful demonstrators, causing death and injury and destruction of property.  Moreover, Israel has been unrelenting in its pursuit of illegal colonization practices, with settlement and wall construction continuing unabated. For example, just in this past week the occupying Power approved the construction of 891 settlement “units” in the illegal settlement of “Gilo” and approved the construction of 450 more settlement “units” in the illegal settlements of “Ramat Shlomo” and “Ramot”, all in Occupied East Jerusalem.  At the same time, Israel continues to impose countless collective punishment measures on the Palestinian people, including, inter alia, home demolitions and its blockade on the Gaza Strip.  The destructive impact of such Israeli violations on the situation on the ground is immense, as reflected in rising tensions, deteriorating socio-economic conditions, and deepening anger and frustration among the Palestinian civilian population living under this nearly fifty-year old Israeli occupation.  [Read more…]

11 November 2015 – Israeli Violations and Crimes against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

The situation in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, remains extremely volatile as Israel, the occupying Power, persists with its violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, causing the continued deterioration of the situation in all aspects, including the continued suffering of the Palestinian people under its occupation, and further deepening despair and inflaming already heightened tensions.

In word and deed, the occupying Power has rejected to de-escalate tensions and has instead continued with its oppressive measures and excessive use of force against the Palestinian civilian population.  This is evidenced by the fact that since the beginning of October¸ the Palestinian Ministry of Health has documented that Israeli occupying forces have killed 82 Palestinians, among them 18 children and 4 women; 63 were killed in the West Bank and 18 in the Gaza Strip and one Palestinian was also killed in Beersheba.  Moreover, more than 3,500 Palestinians have been shot and wounded with live and rubber-coated steel bullets and more than 5,000 persons have been treated for excessive tear gas inhalation, while 278 were injured in other ways, including assaults by the occupying forces and burns from tear gas canisters. [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer, before Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee), Agenda Item 54: UNRWA, 9 November 2015:

Mr. Chair,

I wish to reaffirm our appreciation to Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), for his report and briefing on UNRWA’s work over the past year, a year that once again witnessed turmoil gravely affecting Palestine refugees. We also thank him for his leadership and compelling advocacy on behalf of the Palestine refugees, their rights, needs and dignity in theses challenging times that are compounding the suffering, insecurity and existential fears of the refugees.

Today, we also renew appreciation to the Deputy Commissioner-General, the Directors of Field Operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and to UNRWA’s entire staff – national and international – for their tireless efforts to fulfill the Agency’s mandate through provision of education, health care, relief, emergency assistance and protection to the Palestine refugees, along with a constant measure of stability and hope. We recognize their dedication and courage in the context of a volatile environment and the personal challenges and risks many of them face, as the majority of the staff are Palestine refugees themselves. [Read more…]

3 November 2015 – Israeli Aggression and Culture of Hate against Palestinians

Excellency,Occupation Army Treaten Palestinian Population

I regret that I must once again draw attention to the grave situation in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem, as a direct result of Israel’s persistent aggression against the Palestinian people. Every day reports, witness accounts and videos confirm the continuation of Israel’s lethal and illegal policies and measures against the defenseless Palestinian civilian population, with no one considered too young or too old to be spared.  The casualties continue to rise, fear and tensions are mounting as a result of such Israeli actions and the ongoing incitement and provocations by Israeli government officials and settlers at holy sites and throughout Occupied Palestine, with impunity. If this aggression and stoking of tensions continues, the situation will surely deteriorate further, despair will deepen and any ounce of hope left for a political horizon will disappear.

Indeed, far from de-escalating, the situation remains precarious due to Israel’s insistence on use of violent force and oppressive measures against the Palestinian civilian population and entrenchment of the occupation through all illegal means and measures for the purpose of controlling both the people and the land.  This has been supplemented and supported by a blatant culture of hate cultivated for decades by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people under its illegal occupation, a culture of hate that feeds and is manifested in the pervasive aggression, racism and inhumane behavior of the Israeli occupying forces and extremist Israeli settlers towards Palestinians. [Read more…]