Archives for May 2018

29 May 2018 – Israeli Air Strikes Against the Gaza Strip

Excellency,

Since 30 March 2018, we have been repeatedly compelled to draw your attention to the illegal actions being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people, in particular in the Gaza Strip in the context of the Great March of Return. Such criminal actions by the occupying Power, including the lethal use of force against unarmed civilian protesters, have exacerbated the already-severe protection crisis being endured by our people and risk the further ratcheting of tensions and destabilization of the situation, with grave consequences.

It is urgent that the international community act, in accordance with the Charter, international law and the relevant resolutions, to immediately address this situation to de-escalate this dangerous situation, to deter further violence and to protect civilian lives. In this regard, we reiterate our unequivocal stance against any and all forms of violence against civilians.

Today’s cycle of violence underscores the urgency of action.  Throughout the day, Israel has launched numerous air strikes against the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, threatening to fully ignite another round of deadly violence and further threatening international peace and security.  We condemn in the strongest terms these Israeli military attacks on the densely-populated Gaza Strip, further endangering civilian lives and causing damage and destruction to civilian property, including, inter alia, a school. [Read more…]

25 May 2018 – Press Release

نيويورك، 25 مايو 2018

خبر صحفي 

ضمن جهود بعثة دولة فلسطين المراقبة الدائمة لدى الأمم المتحدة لشرح أبعاد قرار الإدارة الأمريكية غير القانوني بنقل سفارتها إلى القدس، وعلى اثر ما تناولته الصحافة بشأن حضور القائم بأعمال سفارة الدومينيكان في إسرائيل بحضور حفل افتتاح السفارة الأمريكية بالقدس، اجتمع السفير الدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة بالأمس مع معالي وزير خارجية جمهورية الدومينيكان، السيد ميغيل فارغاس، المتواجد حاليا في نيويورك، حيث تباحث الطرفان في العلاقات الثنائية بين البلدين، وأهمية احترام القانون الدولي بما فيها قرارات مجلس الأمن والجمعية العامة. وأكد السيد فارغاس بأن سفير جمهورية الدومينيكان والقائم بأعمال السفارة لم يشاركا في احتفالات نقل السفارة الأمريكية من تل أبيب الى القدس، وأن جمهورية الدومينيكان تحترم القانون الدولي ولن تنقل سفارتها من تل ابيب إلى القدس.

25 May 2018 – Critical Situation in Occupied Palestinian Territory

Excellency,

Tensions continue to rise and the situation continues to deteriorate in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, as Israel, the occupying Power, persists with its military aggressions and human rights violations against the Palestinian people.  Israeli settlement activities, the blockade and targeting of civilians of the Gaza Strip, home demolitions, evictions, military raids, inflammatory rhetoric and provocations not only continue, but are rapidly escalating. [Read more…]

22 May 2018 – Crisis in Gaza-Protection of Civilians

Excellency,

It has been a week since the 14 May massacre carried out by Israel, the occupying Power, against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, in which at least 62 civilians were killed and more than 2,000 civilians injured, including children. As the traumatic causes and consequences of this heinous crime remain without remedy, tensions continue to rise and despair continues to deepen, threatening even further destabilization.

The fact remains that, despite our repeated appeals for urgent international action to deter Israel from its criminal behavior towards the Palestinian people, the absence of serious efforts to hold the occupying Power accountable and reign it in, has only made our people more vulnerable to the brutality of this illegal occupation. We are thus compelled to reiterate the call made at the 15 May emergency Security Council meeting, and countless times prior to it, for the protection of the Palestinian people, in compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law and numerous relevant resolutions, in particular concerning the protection of civilians in armed conflict, including children.

This call for protection has been echoed widely in the Council chamber and from capitals and humanitarian and human rights organizations worldwide. It is a call for protecting and ensuring the safety and well-being of a defenseless civilian population being held captive under a more than half-century occupation and more than decade blockade. It has equally been a call for rescuing the tenets of international law, which are being shredded by the occupying Power and those shielding it from censure and aiding it in its criminality. The consequences have been dire for the Palestinian people and continue to be, compelling us to persistently raise the alarm on this matter. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, United Nations Security Council Emergency Meeting on the Palestine Question, 15 May 2018

At the outset, I thank Poland, in its capacity as President of the Security Council, for convening this emergency meeting. We also express gratitude for the sympathy and condolences expressed by all members of the Security Council, including during the minute of silence honoring our martyrs.

We thank Council members for having understood the urgency to address the grave, deteriorating situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in particular in the Gaza Strip, due to the heinous, deliberate crimes committed by Israel against unarmed Palestinian civilians. In addition, we thank the fraternal State of Kuwait for its efforts as the only Arab member of the Security Council. We also thank Mr. Nickolay Mladenov for his briefing.

We are meeting today at a tragic and painful moment for the Palestinian people, with great sorrow and bitterness. We convey our sincerest condolences to the families of the martyrs, may they rest in peace. We wish a speedy recovery to all those who have been wounded as a result of the brutal Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people, who expressed their resistance in the besieged Gaza Strip on the first evening of the sacred month of Ramadan. We condemn in the strongest terms the odious massacre committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip. We call for an immediate halt to the military aggression against our people and for a transparent, independent and internationally led investigation. [Read more…]

14 May 2018 – Israeli Killing of Palestinians and Rising Tensions in Palestine

Excellency,

I write to bring to your urgent and immediate attention to the horrific situation unfolding on the ground in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, due to the escalation of Israel’s illegal actions, including targeted attacks against the Palestinian civilian population, and the mounting casualties and tensions.

In particular, the occupying Power continues to intensify its military attacks against the civilian population in the besieged Gaza Strip in grave breach of international law, including international humanitarian law and the relevant provisions on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The level of death and injury caused by the Israeli occupying forces to Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip has surpassed merely immoral, inhumane and unlawful behavior but constitutes war crimes and crimes against humanity, for which Israel must be fully held accountable.

The international community must no longer allow for such carnage to be perpetrated against our people with impunity; our repeated pleas for international protection for the defenseless Palestinian people must no longer be ignored.  Our people are defenseless and in desperate and urgent need of international protection and the protection of international law, which is being grossly, egregiously and systematically violated by the occupying Power.

As we write this letter, more than 38 Palestinian civilians, including at least 6 children, have today been killed by the Israeli occupying forces, and more than 2,000 of civilians have been injured, many of them critically wounded by the barbaric forms of ammunition being deliberately used against them by the occupying Power. Tragically, this massacre raises the total number of Palestinians killed since the six-week Great March of Return began on 30 March to more than 80 civilians. [Read more…]

11 May 2018 – The Deteriorating Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Excellency,

I am compelled to write to you once again, for the seventh week in a row, as unarmed, defenseless Palestinian civilian peaceful protesters participating in the “Great March of Return” in the Gaza Strip and throughout the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continue to be targeted and brutally shot dead by Israeli occupying forces.  It is clear that absent serious measures of accountability, Israel, the occupying Power, will continue, as it has over the past six weeks, to kill and injure Palestinian civilians, with complete impunity. The international community must no longer remain silent in the face of such blatant crimes committed by the occupying Power against the unprotected and defenseless Palestinian population it holds hostage under its 50-year occupation.

As of the writing of this letter, the Israeli occupying forces have today killed one more Palestinian civilian, Jabr Salem Abu Moustafa, age 40, and injured more than 730. Moreover, on May 3, Anas Shawqi Abu Aser, age 19, succumbed to critical injuries he had sustained in east Gaza city on April 27 at the hands of Israeli occupying forces. Moreover, on May 7, Israeli forces killed Bahaa Abdel Rahman Qadih, age 23, and Mohammed Khaled Abu Rida, age 20, in east Khuz’a town located in east Khan Yunis city. [Read more…]

4 May 2018 – Deteriorating Situation in the Gaza Strip – Protection of Civilians

Excellency,

I regret that I must once again write to you regarding the dire situation being borne by the Palestinian people under Israel’s illegal, belligerent military occupation.

Conditions remain critical in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian civilians peacefully protesting against this inhumane occupation continue to be subject to attack by the Israeli occupying forces.  As even more suffering is being inflicted on this vulnerable and besieged population, hopes are further diminishing, and this loss of hope is especially prevalent among our youth. This has been reported widely, including in a 29 April piece by The New York Times, reflecting on the recent protests and quoting a 22-year old Palestinian youth – who is unemployed and whose family is struggling with the impoverishment and collective punishment imposed on the entire population – as referring to the situation as so unbearable that: “Death or life – it’s the same thing”.

Today’s developments only reinforce this sense of despair and anger in the face of this ruthless occupation.  Yet again, the occupying forces have chosen to respond with military force against unarmed Palestinians in Gaza engaged today in non-violent protests in the context of the Great March of Return – launched on 30 March of this year in view of the impending anniversary of 70 years of the Nakba –causing more civilian casualties. [Read more…]