Archives for 06 March 2018

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before United Nations Security Council, Vote on the Draft Resolution on the Status of Jerusalem, 18 December 2017

I thank you, Mr. President, and express our appreciation to Japan, in its capacity as Security Council President, for convening this important meeting.

We are grateful to you and all the Security Council members who have recognized the urgency of this matter and the need for serious follow-up and action in light of the recent provocative decision announced by the United States of America, contrary to the relevant United Nations resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem and in total disrespect of the longstanding legal, political and historic status of the City.

We are grateful to the Arab Republic of Egypt for its efforts in leading this process in the Security Council and for its submission of the draft resolution.

Mr. President,

The total rejection of this decision and the international consensus on Jerusalem are beyond clear. The message has been unequivocal: all Security Council’s resolutions concerning the status of the Holy City of Jerusalem and the rest of the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967 are legally binding and must be respected, without question and without exception. This includes the Council’s last legislation in this regard, resolution 2334 (2016), which constitutes a roadmap for all those who want to achieve peace in the region.

This has been powerfully reaffirmed in the statements made on the 8th of December in this chamber; in the principled statements by governments, organizations, civil society around the world; in the declarations of the Arab Ministerial Council, held in Cairo on 9 December, and the Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held in Istanbul on 13 December; and today in the overwhelming support of Council members for the draft resolution just voted upon. [Read more…]

25 September 2017 – Israeli violations continue unabated


I write to you today once again in regards to Israel’s incessant and provocative declarations on plans to construct and expand Israeli settlements throughout the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, in direct and grave contravention of international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2334 (2016), and in blatant defiance of the international community.

Yesterday, 25 September 206, various Israeli media reported that the so-called Israeli Civil Administration is preparing to advance plans within the coming weeks for the construction of up to 2,000 new illegal settlement units across the Occupied Palestinian Territory, further entrenching its illegal colonial regime and further diminishing the viability of the two-State solution on the 1967 borders.

On this very same day Mr. Nicolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, presented the Secretary-General’s third report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), in which he reaffirmed that “Israel did not cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard as called for by the resolution.”  He further stated that, “since 20 June, Israel’s illegal settlement activities have continued at a high rate, a consistent pattern over the course of this year”, and that, “activity during this period was concentrated primarily in occupied East Jerusalem, where plans were advanced for over 2,300 housing units in July, 30 per cent more than for the whole of 2016.” [Read more…]