Archives for January 2017

27 January 2017 – Additional Israeli Illegal Settlement Activities and Provocations


In our second letter this week, we are compelled to write to Your Excellency to place on record our unequivocal condemnation of Israel’s continued building and expansion of illegal settlements in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem. Clearly, with its continuation of  its insidious colonization of  confiscated and stolen Palestinian land, Israel, the occupying Power,  is sending a crystal clear message that it is determined to continue to arrogantly and aggressively defy the will of the international community, violate international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, as well as international criminal law as articulated in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, as well as  defy the resolutions of the  United Nations, including the Security Council’s most recent adoption of  resolution 2334 (2016).  [Read more…]

24 January 2017 – Illegal Israeli Settlement Activities and Provocations


I regret to inform you of the continuing grave breaches being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, in flagrant contempt for international law and defiance of the international community and with devastating consequences on the two-State solution and the prospect for peace. [Read more…]

20 January 2017 – Israeli Crimes Against the Palestinian People


I write to draw your immediate attention to the critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, in which more Palestinian civilians, including children, continue to be killed, including by extrajudicial execution, and severely injured as a result of the excessive use of force by Israeli occupying forces. [Read more…]

Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, New York, 17 January 2017:

Mr. President,

On behalf of the State of Palestine, I extend our warm congratulations to the friendly country of Sweden on its election to the Security Council and thank you for convening this important debate under Sweden’s presidency.

We thank the United Nations Special Coordinator and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Nikolay Mladenov, for his briefing at the outset of this debate.

Today, I also extend our sincere congratulations to the other newly-elected members of the Council – Bolivia, Ethiopia, Italy and Kazakhstan, wishing them all success, confident in their commitment to upholding their Charter responsibilities. [Read more…]

5 January 2017 – Press Release



Press release regarding the meeting between Ambassador Olof Skoog of the Kingdom of Sweden and President of the United Nations Security Council for January 2017 and Ambassador Riyad Mansour of the State of Palestine on the implementation on UNSCR 2334

This morning, Ambassador Mansour met with the President of the Security Council for this month, Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden and discussed with him the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016). In this regard, Ambassador Mansour emphasized the collective responsibility of the Security Council to ensure that Israel, the occupying Power, abides scrupulously with the provisions of the resolution and to end immediately its illegal settlement activities.

They also discussed the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, in his mandated responsibility of preparing his first report within three months from the adoption of the resolution regarding the implementation of it. The two Ambassadors also discussed the need to be very vigilant regarding OP5 which requests differentiation in dealings between Israel proper and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

It was the understanding of Ambassador Mansour that the President of the Security Council will discuss the content of the meeting with all members of the Security Council during informal consultations of the Council. The two Ambassadors discussed other issues of importance to further the cause of peace and the two-State solution.

5 يناير 2017

بيان  صحفى

لقاء بين رئيس مجلس الأمن لشهر يناير 2017، السفير أولوف سكوغ المندوب الدائم لممكلة السويد في الامم المتحدة و السفير رياض منصور،المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين في الأمم المتحدة بشأن تنفيذ قرار مجلس الأمن 2334 (2016)


التقى السفير منصور مع رئيس مجلس الأمن لهذا الشهر، السفير أولوف سكوغ، وبحث معه تنفيذ قرار مجلس الأمن 2334 (2016)

وفي هذا الصدد، أكد السفير منصور على المسؤولية الجماعية التي تقع على مجلس الأمن لضمان التزام إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالاحتلال، بأحكام ومبادئ هذا القرار، ووضع حد فوري لأنشطتها الاستيطانية غير القانونية

 كما تطرق منصور أيضا إلى المسؤولية المنوطة بالأمين العام للأمم المتحدة، السيد أنطونيو غوتيريس، في إعداد أول تقرير له خلال ثلاثة أشهر من اعتماد القرار لمتابعة تنفيذ أحكامه ومبادئه على أرض الواقع

كما ناقش السفيرين ضرورة الاهتمام بالفقرة العاملة الخامسة من القرار والتي تطالب بالتفريق في التعامل بين إسرائيل والأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية

وخرج السفير منصور بانطباعا أن رئيس مجلس الأمن سيناقش ما جاء في هذا الاجتماع الثنائي مع جميع أعضاء مجلس الأمن خلال المشاورات غير الرسمية للمجلس. كما ناقش السفيرين قضايا أخرى هامة من شأنها تعزيز قضية السلام والحل القائم على دولتين

5 January 2017 – Israel’s Continued Crimes and Violations Against the Palestinian People


As a new year has begun, the Palestinian people living under Israel’s nearly 50-year-old military occupation continue to face an unrelenting barrage of oppressive, illegal and destructive measures by Israel, the occupying Power.

Sadly, for the Palestinian people, 2016 ended the same way that 2017 began in that not for a minute has the occupying Power ceased its illegal policies and measures in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem.  Despite the repeated appeals and calls of the international community, including the recent adoption of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), Israel continues with its violations against the Palestinian people and their land with total disregard of the law and without fear of consequences.  In fact, the current Israeli right-wing Government under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu seems to only be interested in causing more suffering for the Palestinian people, entrenching its occupation and destroying the contiguity and viability of the Palestinian land along with the prospects for realizing the two-State solution for peace. [Read more…]

29 December 2016 – Follow-up to Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016)


I write to you following the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of resolution 2334 (2016) on the 23rd of December, a significant undertaking that has been resoundingly welcomed and accepted by the Palestinian people and their leadership, who remain steadfast in their commitment to the path of peace and achieving freedom, rights and justice on this path.  While long-overdue, this action by the Council is viewed as most timely, necessary and important, a view expressed by the overwhelming majority of the international community that has welcomed the resolution’s adoption. [Read more…]

20 December 2016 – Israeli Settlement Schemes and Provocations


As the Security Council continues its deliberations on the question of Palestine month after month, amidst constant calls by the international community for responsible action in line with its Charter duties, Israel, the occupying Power, continues to exploit the Council’s inaction with the continuation and intensification of its illegal and destructive policies and practices, in particular in connection with its colonial settlement enterprise, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

At this time, we must officially place on record our total condemnation of all Israeli schemes to violate, distort and undermine all applicable laws to this situation.  In this regard, the so-called Israeli “regulation bill”, which attempts to give so-called “legal status” to dozens of illegal Israeli settlements and “outposts” constructed on private Palestinian land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, constitutes yet another provocative and flagrantly illegal action by the occupying Power. This scheme clearly aims at further consolidating Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise and further privileging its illegal settlers on our land. On 7 December 2016, this bill was given initial approval by the Israeli Knesset and, if ultimately passed, would further entrench 55 illegal “outposts” and approximately 4,000 more units in illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, in direct and grave breach of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 49 thereof.   [Read more…]