Archives for June 2018

11 June 2018 – Protection Crisis in the OPT

Excellency,

I am compelled to write to you once again, for the eleventh week in a row, to draw your attention to the ongoing critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and more specifically, to the grave reality that continues to be faced by Palestinian civilians under Israel’s military occupation.

Civilian casualties continue to be directly caused by the illegal policies and practices of the occupying Power, further traumatizing the population. On 6 June, Israeli occupying forces shot and killed 21-year-old Izz al-Din Al-Tamimi, in the village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah. The youth was shot at close range with three bullets, one of them to the neck, even as he posed no direct or immediate threat to the soldiers. When Palestinian medics attempted to rescue him, Israeli forces prevented them from doing so and left Izz al-Din to bleed to death for over thirty minutes before an ambulance was allowed to arrive to carry his corpse.

What makes the killing of Izz al-Din Al-Tamimi even more atrocious is that it was clearly premeditated. According to his mother, two days prior to the incident, soldiers had come to her house and told her “we will kill your son and leave you crying”. Like all Palestinians living under occupation, Izz al-Din’s entire life was marked by daily violence, humiliation and oppression. [Read more…]

5 June 2018 – 51 years of occupation and killing of Palestinian Medic

Excellency,

On this somber 51st anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories in 1967, I am compelled to write to you once again to draw the international community’s attention to the violent crimes and human rights violations that continue to be endured by the Palestinian people as a result of this illegal and belligerent Israeli military occupation.

It is astounding and deeply tragic that – despite the passage of more than a half-century of Israel’s occupation and the passage of seventy years of the dispossession, displacement and oppression of the Palestinian people in an ongoing and cruel Nakba – not only has the international community failed to mobilize to redress this unlawful situation – from its root causes to the crises we witness today – but it has allowed the situation to further deteriorate, with regression of both the conditions on the ground and the prospects for achieving a just and peaceful solution.

As the suffering of our people has intensified in recent weeks and months, their faith in the international community and international law to protect them and preserve their rights from Israel’s relentless onslaught has been even more severely diminished. Yet again, despite their appeals and hopes, the United Nations Security Council failed to act to address their worsening plight, particularly in the Gaza Strip, due to the veto cast by the United States on the draft resolution that was presented by Kuwait in its capacity as the Arab representative on the Council. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, United Nations Security Council, The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, Vote on Draft Resolution on Protection of Palestinian Civilians, 1 June 2018

Mr. President,

We congratulate the Russian Federation on its Presidency of the Security Council and express our sincere thanks for your ready response to the request to convene today’s meeting.

We also wish to recognize Poland for its skilled leadership of the Security Council last month, including the meetings held to address the Palestine question and the important debates on international law and the protection of civilians, so relevant to the grave crises we face at this moment. We will never forget their gesture of asking for a moment of silence to honor the innocent Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

Mr. President,

We express our deep appreciation to the fraternal country of Kuwait for its tabling of the draft resolution just voted upon by the Security Council and for the Kuwaiti delegation’s tireless efforts to ensure the Council’s serious consideration of our repeated calls for international protection for the Palestinian people. We commend them for the comprehensive and transparent process undertaken to advance this issue, along with other Council members. We regret, however, the extreme mal-intent by one Council member aimed at undermining this process and undermining the Council’s credibility and authority.

We are grateful to all of the countries that voted in favor of the draft resolution, despite the veto cast today by the United States that has regrettably prevented adoption of the draft and despite the tensions and confusion caused. [Read more…]