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…]

6 December 2017 – Press Release: Identical letters regarding US actions on Jerusalem


 متابعة للتطورات الخطيرة وتداعيات إعلان الرئيس الأمريكي القدس عاصمة لإسرائيل وتوقيعه على نقل سفارة الولايات المتحدة إلى القدس، ولاحقا لرسالة سيادة الرئيس محمود عباس الاستباقية بتاريخ 3 ديسمبر الحالي، بعثت السفير فداء عبدالهادي ناصر القائم بالأعمال بالإنابة للبعثة المراقبة الدائمة لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، بالأمس برسائل متطابقة إلى رئيس مجلس الأمن لهذا الشهر (اليابان). كذلك بعثت بنسختين من هذه الرسالة لكل من الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة، ورئيس الجمعية العامة.

 في ضوء القرار المؤسف للغاية الذي أعلنه الرئيس الأمريكي، في مخالفة لقرارات مجلس الأمن والاجماع الدولي طويل الأمد، دعت فيها مجلس الأمن إلى معالجة هذه المسألة الحرجة دون تأخير والعمل بسرعة على الوفاء بمسؤولياته.  وطالبت المجتمع الدولي بضرورة إعادة التأكيد على موقفه الواضح والقانوني بشأن القدس وعلى رفضه جميع الانتهاكات التي تمس بهذا المركز القانوني من أي كان ومتى كان وحثته على المطالبة بإلغاء القرار الأمريكي.

وأشارت إلى قرارات المجلس العديدة المتعلقة بالقدس، بما في ذلك القرارين 476  و 478 في العام 1980، حيث أكدت على عدم جواز اكتساب الاراضي بالقوة وإعترافها بالوضع الخاص للقدس والحاجة الى حماية الاماكن المقدسة في المدينة وتصميمها الواضح على ان جميع [Read more…]

6 December 2017 – US Actions on Jerusalem – PSC


I write to you with urgency, in follow-up of the letter conveyed to Your Excellency, on 3 December 2017, from H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, appealing for efforts to avert a decision by the current administration of the United States of America recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in contravention of Security Council resolutions and the longstanding international consensus in this regard.

In light of the extremely regrettable decision announced today by the American President, we call on the Security Council to address this critical matter without delay and to act swiftly to uphold its responsibilities and the integrity and authority of its resolutions.

The international community must reaffirm its clear, legal position on the status of Jerusalem, affirm its rejection of all violations of that status by whomever and whenever, and demand that this decision be rescinded. The Security Council’s relevant resolutions remain valid and must be implemented.

We recall the Council’s numerous resolutions regarding Jerusalem, including, inter alia, resolutions 476 (1980) and 478 (1980). We recall, in particular, the Council’s reaffirmations regarding the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force; its recognition of the specific status of Jerusalem and the need for protection of the Holy Sites in the City; and its clear determination that “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War”. [Read more…]

30 November 2017 – Press Release

                                           بيان صحفي

لقد اعتمدت الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة صباح اليوم وبأغلبية ساحقة، خمسة قرارات تتعلق بفلسطين وهي كالتالي:

  • القرار المعنون “تسوية قضية فلسطين بالوسائل السلمية“(تحت بند قضية فلسطين)

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29 November, 2017 – بفعاليات مميزه واستثنائية، احيت الامم المتحدة اليوم العالمي للتضامن مع الشعب الفلسطيني

يوماُ حافلاً في الامم المتحدة حول الشأن الفلسطيني، فبالامس انطلقت فعاليات مهرجان يوم التضامن العالمي مع الشعب الفلسطيني والذي تحييه الامم المتحدة سنويا وذلك بالتزامن مع اليوم الذي اتخذت فيه الجمعية العامة قراراها 181 والمعروف بقرار التقسيم وفيه اقرت تقسيم ارض فلسطين التاريخية لاقامة دولتين عليها واحدة هي دولة اسرائيل التي تم لها ذلك والاخرى دولة للفلسطينين والتي لم ترى النور حتى الان، وعليه فقد اقرت الامم المتحدة اعتبار هذا اليوم من كل عام يوما عالميا للتضامن مع الشعب الفلسطيني. [Read more…]

Statement of H.E. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November 2017

H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
H.E Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the United Nations General Assembly,
H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, President of the Security Council,
H.E. Mr. Fodé Seck, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Palestinian People of their Inalienable Rights

Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Seventy years ago, on this same day, on the 29th of November 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181(II), unjustly deciding to partition Palestine, without the consent of its people, against their will and in blatant disregard of their right to self-determination. A few months later, Israel forcibly uprooted twothirds of the Palestinian people from their land and destroyed over 400 towns and villages, violently clearing the way for its forced acquisition of more than three-quarters of Palestine’s territory, far beyond what was allotted to it the partition plan. Then, in 1967, fifty years ago, Israel occupied what remained of Palestine’s territory, constituting 22% of historical Palestine, comprising the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the United Nations General Assembly, Agenda Item 38: Question of Palestine, Agenda Item 37: Situation in the Middle East, 29 November 2017, New York

Mr. President,

It is with somber spirit that we gather in the General Assembly today in this debate on the question of Palestine, seventy years since the Assembly’s adoption of resolution 181 (II) and decision to partition Palestine, against the will and rights of the Palestinian people and leading to their Nakba in 1948. The infinite consequences of this decision continue to be borne out in the injustices being endured and witnessed to this day, as the Palestinian people are still being denied their rights, including to self-determination and to return, and a just, lasting and peaceful solution remains elusive. [Read more…]

14 November 2017 – Israeli Confiscation of Palestinian Land and Eviction of Civilians


I regret to inform you that, in the absence of any serious measures of accountability pursuant to Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) and the countless other relevant United Nations resolutions demanding the cessation of Israel’s illegal policies and measures in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem, and an end to its more than half-century occupation, the occupying Power continues with its flagrant violations and methodical destruction of the two-State solution.

Following its recent provocative announcements regarding plans for the illegal construction of thousands more settlement units across the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Israeli Government is forging ahead with its colonization and annexation schemes, escalating its confiscation of Palestinian land, demolition of Palestinian homes and properties, and its forced displacement of the Palestinian civilian population.  This has included ongoing measures aimed at the forced transfer of thousands of Bedouin Palestinians from their lands. All of this is being done in grave breach of international law and direct and repeated violation of Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. [Read more…]

11 October 2017 – More Illegal Israeli Settlements

Israel’s constant provocative declarations and advancement of 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, continue to heighten tensions and to undermine any efforts to salvage the two-State solution on the 1967 lines and the prospects for peace.

In this connection, yesterday, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office issued a press release announcing its plans to construct 3,736 more settlement units throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. According to the Israeli human rights organization, Peace Now, Israel’s latest plans include the building of at least 2,413 settlement units in different stages, including in the heart of Al-Khalil (Hebron) and in the settlement of “Beit El” near Ramallah. Moreover, Peace Now reports that Israel announced the final approval of the new settlements of “Amihai” and “Migron”, as well as a new site for 30 so-called “temporary structures” on the Palestinian lands of Al-Khadr village intended as a new settlement for the Israeli settlers of “Nativ Ha’avot”. [Read more…]