Statement by H.E. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, Delivered Before the United Nations Security Council on 20 February 2018

Excellency Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, President of the Security Council,

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

Excellencies Members of the Security Council,

Seventy years have passed since Palestine’s Nakba, from which 6 million Palestine refugees continue to suffer from the cruelty of exile and loss of human security. They continue to wander the world after the loss of their peaceful and stable lives in their homeland. They are part of the 13 million Palestinians, whose country has not yet been recognized as full Member State of the United Nations, despite the numerous resolutions reaffirming their right to self-determination and statehood on their national land.

We are the descendants of the Canaanites that lived in the land of Palestine 5,000 years ago and continuously remained there to this day. Our great people remain rooted in their land. The Palestinian people built their own cities and homeland and made contributions to humanity and civilization witnessed by the world. They established institutions, schools, hospitals, cultural organizations, theaters, libraries, newspapers, publishing houses, economic organizations, businesses and banks, with wide regional and international influence.

All of this existed before and after the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917, a declaration by which those who did not own, giving to those who had no right. The British Government bears responsibility for the catastrophic consequences inflicted on the Palestinian people as a result.

Since then, and although our people remain under occupation, they continued their journey in building and developing their country with the establishment of their National Authority in 1994. Our national institutions are recognized by international organizations for their merit and work, which is based on the rule of law, accountability and transparency, and empowerment of women and youth in an environment of tolerance, coexistence of civilizations and non-discrimination. Moreover, we continue to strive to unite our people and land and to ensure one authority, one law, and one gun, and are determined to convene parliamentary and presidential elections. [Read more…]

8 February 2018 – Press Release: Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour Speaks at Columbia University

ضمن النشاطات الفلسطينية المتتابعة لمعالجة تداعيات القرار الأخير للإدارة الامريكية الحالية والمتعلق بالقدس، قدم السفير د. رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة، محاضرة لطلاب الدراسات العليا قسم العلاقات الدولية في جامعة كولومبيا بنيويورك تحت عنوان ” متحدون من أجل السلام – أدوار مجلس الأمن والجمعية العامة”

السفير منصور، تحدث حول تبعات القرار الأمريكي الأخير غير القانوني والأحادي الجانب المتعلق بالقدس، وآلية تعاطي مجلس الأمن ومن ثم الجمعية العامة من خلال “متحدون من أجل السلام” مع هذا القرار، حيث أشار إلى أن الإجماع الدولي لرفض هذا القرار كان واضحاً، وقد عبرت عنه أربعة عشر دولة عضو في مجلس الأمن من خلال تصويتهم لصالح قرار قدمته مصر يُعيد التأكيد على ما سبق لمجلس الأمن والشرعية الدولية اتخاذه من قرارات بشأن القدس، هذا القرار الذي قتلته الإدارة الأمريكية الحالية بالفيتو، مشددا على أن هذا التصويت كان في جوهره دفاعاً عن القانون الدولي وقرارات الشرعية الدولية لا سيما قراري مجلس الأمن 476 و [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, 25 January 2018

Mr. President,

On behalf of the State of Palestine, I congratulate Kazakhstan on assuming the Security Council Presidency and express appreciation for your able leadership of the Council’s important agenda.

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

Mr. President,

Today, I also extend our warmest congratulations to the new elected members of the Council – Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, The Netherlands, Peru and Poland, wishing them all success in upholding their responsibilities in accordance with the Charter and the Council’s resolutions, as you collectively seek to fulfill the duty to maintain international peace and security. [Read more…]

9 January 2018 – Ahed Al-Tamimi


I write to draw your attention to the ongoing critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and more specifically, to the grave reality faced by Palestinian children as a direct result of the Israeli military occupation.

Over the past half-century of occupation, Palestinian children have continued to bear the brunt of Israel’s increasingly oppressive, violent and illegal policies and practices. With each passing day, their vulnerability continues to deepen as generation after generation only know life under occupation and that of an occupying Power that continues to commit human rights violations and brutal crimes against them, their families and their land, with complete and utter impunity.

One detrimental aspect of the practices and policies of the occupying Power that has left thousands of children traumatically scarred is Israel’s mass arrest campaigns throughout the Occupied State of Palestine.  Palestinians, as an occupied people, are protected persons under Article 4 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. However, Israeli occupying forces continue to systematically suppress and arbitrarily detain Palestinians by the thousands. It should also be noted that these mass arrest campaigns are part and parcel of Israel’s collective punishment measures that are in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, namely Article 33, and Article 50 of the Hague Regulations, which specifically prohibits collective punishment. [Read more…]

5 January 2018 – Press Release: Identical letters regarding latest unilateral and provocative Israeli measures

خبر صحفي

بعث المندوب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة، السفير رياض منصور، اليوم بثلاث رسائل متطابقة الى كل من الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة ورئيس مجلس الأمن لهذا الشهر ( كازخستان ) ورئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة حول السياسات والتدابير الإسرائيلية الاستفزازية غير المشروعة، مشيرا إلى أنه وفي أعقاب قرار الإدارة الامريكية الاستفزازي القاضي بالاعتراف بالقدس عاصمة لإسرائيل في 6 ديسمبر 2017، كثفت إسرائيل، القوة القائمة بالاحتلال، انتهاكاتها الصارخة في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة بما فيها القدس الشرقية، حيث استمرت عمليات القتل والاصابات والسجن والاعتداءات على قطاع غزة المحتل بلا هوادة على مدى الأسابيع القليلة الماضية، ووصل عدد الفلسطينيين الذين استشهدوا في أعقاب هذا القرار الامريكي إلى 16 فلسطيني

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5 January 2018 – Latest unilateral and provocative Israeli measures


The Palestinian people living in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, have begun yet another year under Israel’s belligerent military occupation and the prospects to end Israel’s illegal occupation and decades-long injustice remain as bleak as ever. This year the holiday season along with the first couple days of the new year were significantly subdued, with spirits dampened by a new wave of violence directed at the Palestinian people by Israeli occupying forces, which was sparked by a decision on 6 December 2017 by the current administration of the United States of America recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In fact, in the wake of the US Administration’s decision mentioned above, violations by Israel have only intensified, as the occupying Power clearly felt emboldened to carry out its illegal practices and measures with complete impunity.  Over the past few weeks, killings, injuries, imprisonment of Palestinian civilians and attacks against the occupied Gaza Strip have continued unabated.  Just yesterday, a seventeen-year-old child was killed after being shot in the chest by Israeli occupying forces in the village of Tuqu, south of Bethlehem.  This latest death marks the 16th Palestinian killed by Israeli occupying forces since the US Administration’s decision on 6th of December and comes only days after, Musab Firas Al-Tamimi, also age 17, from the village of Deir Nitham was killed after being shot in the neck by Israeli occupying forces. [Read more…]

Statement of H.E. Riad Malki, Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine, at the tenth Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly, Vote on Draft Resolution on the Status of Jerusalem, 21 December 2017

Mr. President of the General Assembly,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We requested the convening of the Tenth Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly to further the international consensus expressed by peoples and governments around the world, and by an overwhelming majority of the Security Council in its vote on a draft resolution reaffirming the legal, political and historic status and character of Jerusalem and rejecting all attempts to alter this status and character as null and void.

Let me seize this opportunity to thank the Arab Group and the Member States of the OIC and NAM for their request to convene this emergency session following the veto, which prevented the Security Council from performing its duties in regards to the maintenance of international peace and security despite the support of 14 Council members for the draft resolution tabled by the Arab Republic of Egypt. Under these circumstances, the General Assembly has the competence to undertake this responsibility in accordance with resolution 377 (V), “Uniting for Peace”. [Read more…]

26 December 2017 – Letter on Guatemala’s decision to transfer embassy to Jerusalem


I write to you with urgency appealing for efforts to uphold the longstanding international consensus regarding Jerusalem, as enshrined in numerous Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. Considering recent decisions in violation of international law and those relevant resolutions – and in effective complicity with the grave breaches being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the international community must remain resolute in reaffirming the validity of the relevant resolutions and in demanding their full respect.

In this regard, and in light of the extremely regrettable decision announced by the President of Guatemala regarding the decision to move his country’s embassy to Israel to the City of Jerusalem, we call on all States to address this matter without delay, to reject this provocative, unlawful decision, and to act swiftly to uphold the integrity and authority of United Nations resolutions. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador, 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, 8 December 2017

Mr. President,

I thank Japan, in its capacity as Security Council President, for its leadership and its convening of this emergency meeting.  I also express our gratitude to the eight members of the Council – Egypt, Bolivia, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay – that requested this meeting as a matter of urgency following recent alarming developments regarding Jerusalem. We also thank Special Representative and Special Coordinator Nikolay Mladenov for his briefing to the Council and thank the Secretary-General for his statement in this regard.

Mr. President,

We come before the Security Council today with a sense of urgency and foreboding. We urge the Council to act swiftly to uphold its Charter duties and the integrity and authority of its resolutions in light of the violations and provocations against Jerusalem’s legal, political and historic status and the rights and legitimate national aspirations of the Palestinian people.

The extremely regrettable announcement, on 6 December, by United States President Donald Trump, declaring America’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its decision to move its embassy to the City, in direct contravention of Security Council resolutions and the longstanding international consensus on Jerusalem, has heightened tensions and risks complete destabilization of this volatile situation, with far-reaching consequences. [Read more…]

Statement of H.E. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, regarding President Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, 6 December 2017

RAMALLAH, December 6, 2017 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that with US President Donald Trump declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, he has chosen to disregard all international resolutions and bilateral agreements, preferring to ignore and contradict the international consensus expressed by many countries and leaders of the world, its spiritual leaders and regional organizations over the past few days on the issue of Jerusalem.

He said in a speech in response to Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, “These measures are a reward to Israel’s violations of international resolutions and an encouragement for Israel to continue its policy of occupation, settlements, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.”

Abbas added, “These measures also serve extremist groups attempting to turn the conflict in our region into a religious war that is dragging the region, which is living critical situations in the midst of international conflicts and endless wars. This is what we have always warned of and we have rejected and fought.”

He said, “These measures, which are denounced and rejected, are a deliberate undermining of all efforts to achieve peace, and is a declaration of the withdrawal of the United States from playing the role which it has played over the past decades as a peace broker.” [Read more…]