Archives for September 2018

Statement by H.E. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, Delivered Before the United Nations General Assembly, 73rd Session on 27 September 2018

Jerusalem is not for sale and the Palestinian people’s rights are not up for bargaining

In the name of God, the most merciful and beneficent

Excellency, Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly,

Excellency, Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

In these days last year, I came before you appealing for freedom, independence and justice for my oppressed people, who are suffering under Israeli occupation for more than fifty-one years.

I return to you today as this colonial occupation continues to suffocate us and to undermine our serious efforts to build the institutions of our cherished State, which this august General Assembly recognized in the year 2012.

This year the Palestinian National Council, the parliament of the State of Palestine, convened and renewed the legitimacy of our national institutions through the election of a new leadership for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. This Parliament undertook important decisions, which oblige me to review the agreements, political, economic and security alike, that have been reached with the Israeli Government, and to also review the future of the Palestinian National Authority, which has been rendered without authority. [Read more…]

19 September 2018 – Khan Al Ahmar-Jerusalem-Palestinian Civilians

Excellency,

I regret to inform you that, in the absence of any serious measures of accountability to bring to an end to its more than half-century occupation, Israel, the occupying Power, continues with its deliberate and systematic breaches of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, grossly violating the human rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to life and liberty, and methodically destroying the two-State solution for peace.

For the 26th week in a row, Palestinian civilians, women, men and children, in the Gaza Strip, have continued to exercise their fundamental rights of expression, assembly, and association, by peacefully protesting in the context of the “Great Return March” against Israeli occupation, blockade, oppression and dispossession. These civilian protests continue to be met with lethal force by the occupying Power, in utter violation of international law and in grave breach of Israel’s responsibilities and obligations under the 4th Geneva Convention. [Read more…]

7 September 2018 – Khan Al Ahmar Demolition Decision by Israel

Excellency,

I write to you in follow up to previous letters regarding the human rights violations and war crimes being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem.

In particular, I am compelled at this time to draw urgent attention to the imminent threat of forcible transfer facing the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar Abu al-Helu, in the sensitive so-called “E-1 area” of the West Bank northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, as the occupying Power persists with its illegal policies and measures of aggression against this extremely vulnerable community and against our land.

On 5 September, the Israeli “Supreme Court” rejected an appeal against the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and ruled in favor of forcibly expelling its 181 inhabitants. By such an unjust and unlawful ruling, the Court has determined that it is permissible for the occupying Power to destroy the entire village including all Palestinian civilian and livelihood structures within the next seven days. According to Israeli plans, the community, which has faced the repeated trauma of displacement and dispossession, will likely be forcibly relocated to an area adjacent a garbage dump in the area of Abu Dis in the West Bank, an area that is bereft of agricultural land on which these pastoral families have subsisted all their lives.

We condemn in the strongest terms the endorsement by the occupying Power’s illegitimate court system of yet another State-sponsored international crime. As stressed by Amnesty International in reaction to the so-called ruling, “Forcible transfer of people under occupation is a serious breach of the IV Geneva Convention. The deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory constitutes a war crime under Article 8 of the Rome Statute.” [Read more…]