10 December 2013 – Rising Tensions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Excellency,

We are compelled to draw your attention to the continuously rising tensions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory constituting the State of Palestine.

The Israeli occupying forces continue to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians, including against children and including against peaceful demonstrators, causing death and injury and destruction of property.  Moreover, Israel, the occupying Power, has been unrelenting in its pursuit of illegal colonization practices, with settlement and wall construction continuing unabated, and its imposition of collective punishment measures on the Palestinian people.  The negative impact of such Israeli breaches on the situation on the ground is vast, as reflected in the rising tensions, the deteriorating socio-economic conditions, and the deepening pessimism vis-à-vis the potential for the success of the peace negotiations and the viability of the two-State solution.  Day after day, rather than engendering trust and confidence in the political process, as Israel continues to raise serious doubts regarding its true intentions, undermining the process and compounding skepticism and anger among the Palestinian people. [Read more…]

UN Platform for Palestine

UN Platform for Palestine (UNPfP) was created by the Working Group within the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to foster strong cooperation with civil society organizations (CSOs).

The purpose of UNPfP is to create a central location for CSOs  around the world to inform, share and mobilize among themselves regarding international, regional and local efforts in support of the Palestinian people and the just cause of Palestine. This platform will provide CSOs active on the question of Palestine with the tools to produce a multiplier effect, connect with other groups and hopefully raise greater awareness and support for collective efforts. It will also build a bridge between CSOs and the United Nations and its Member States, including the Committee and its Working Group.

 

 

Press Release 27 November 2013 – بيــان صحفـي

بعث السفير الدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، رسائل متطابقة إلى الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة ورئيس مجلس الأمن (الصين) ورئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، حول الانتهاكات المستمرة للقانون الدولي التي ترتكبها إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالاحتلال، في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، وهي الأرض التي تشكل دولة فلسطين، ذكرفيها أن هذه الانتهاكات تؤثر سلبا على الوضع على الأرض وتتسبب في معاناة ومشاق للشعب الفلسطيني وتؤجج التوتر بين الجانبين  وتقوض المفاوضات التي استؤنفت وتدمر جهود السلام. [Read more…]

3 December 2013 – Statement on the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA

Statement by H.E Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 3 December 2013:

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 Mr. President,

On behalf of the delegation of the State of Palestine, I wish to thank the Deputy Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Ms. Margot Ellis, for all of her efforts in serving the Agency and for her briefing on UNRWA’s work over the past year, including updates on both the serious financial and operational challenges being faced by the Agency and accomplishments of the past year. [Read more…]

27 November 2013 – Israeli Violations and Rising Tensions

Excellency,

We are compelled to draw the attention of the international community to the ongoing violations of international law being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory that constitutes the State of Palestine.  These violations continue to negatively impact and prejudice the situation on the ground, to cause suffering and hardship for the Palestinian people, to inflame tensions between the two sides, and to undermine the resumed negotiations and peace efforts. [Read more…]

13 November 2013 – Israeli Settlement Activities Sabotage 2-State Solution and Peace

Excellency,

I am compelled to draw your urgent attention to the critical situation both on the ground and in the status of the recently resumed peace negotiations.  The prospects for realizing a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, on the basis of the two-State solution enshrined in relevant United Nations resolutions and on which there is an international consensus, are being deliberately sabotaged by Israel’s illegal and reckless settlement campaign in the Occupied State of Palestine.

Yesterday, 12 November, the Israeli NGO Peace Now exposed plans by Israel, the occupying Power, to construct more than 20,000 new settlement units, including in the so-called “E1” area, according to tenders provocatively announced by the Government’s Housing Ministry.  This massive settlement expansion, which would result in transfer of an exponential number of Israeli settlers – in addition to the more than half a million settlers already illegally transferred by Israel to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the territory that constitutes the State of Palestine – is a stark indication of Israel’s total contempt for international law, United Nations resolutions and the international consensus demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement activities. [Read more…]

Press Release 13 November 2013 – بيــان صحفـي

بعث السفير الدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، رسائل متطابقة إلى الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة ورئيس مجلس الأمن (الصين) ورئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، ذكر فيها أن حملة الإستيطان الإسرائيلية غير القانونية في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، تقوض آفاق تحقيق حل سلمي للصراع الفلسطيني الإسرائيلي، على أساس حل الدولتين المنصوص عليه في قرارات الأمم المتحدة ذات الصلة والذي عليه إجماع دولي، مشيراً الى ما كشفته منظمة “السلام الآن” الإسرائيلية غير الحكومية يوم 12 نوفمبر عن خطط من جانب إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالإحتلال ، لبناء أكثر من 20,000 وحدة إستيطانية جديدة، بما في ذلك ما يسمى منطقة “E1” بموجب عطاءات أعلنتها وزارة الإسكان الإسرائيلية. [Read more…]

Right of Reply – Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Right of Reply by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee),

Item 52: “Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories”, 11 November 2013:

Mr. Chair,

I apologize for requesting the floor once again, however, I am compelled to reply to the statement made by the representative of Israel in today’s debate.

As we stated at the outset of this debate, the report of the Special Committee is neither biased, nor one-sided. The Special Committee’s examination of the situation is clearly in the framework of international and relevant United Nations resolutions.

There is NO distortion of the truth.  There is no “discrediting” of Israel by the Committee; the Committee is reporting FACTS – facts regarding the egregious, systematic violations – many amounting to war crimes – being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people under its occupation.  Its blatant, deliberate, consistent non-compliance with international law and its complete disrespect for the UN and the international community are what single Israel out.  And, yet, Israel continues to try to justify its violations, distorting the truth and attack those who speak it. [Read more…]

Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee),

Agenda Item 52: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, 68th Session UN General Assembly, 8 November 2013:

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Mr. Chair,

I express the State of Palestine’s deep appreciation to the members of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.  We thank Ambassador Palitha T.B. Kohona of Sri Lanka, Chair of the Committee, Ambassador Hussein Haniff of Malaysia and Ambassador Fode` Seck of Senegal for the report on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Occupied Syrian Golan and the serious recommendations made therein.

The Special Committee’s report, along with the recent reports of the Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 and other UN bodies and agencies, including UNRWA, UNICEF, OCHA and ESCWA, portray with accuracy the critical human rights situation in Palestine as a result of the illegal, oppressive policies being pursued by Israel, the occupying Power. [Read more…]

Right of Reply – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Right of Reply by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the 4th Committee debate on Item 51: UNRWA, 7 November 2013:

Mr. Chair,

I apologize for taking the floor once again.  However, I am compelled to reply to the assertion by the delegate of Israel that the right of return of the Palestine refugees is a “non-starter” – despite the fact that the Palestine refugee issue is an agreed final status issue to be negotiated between the parties – and the claim that it is “the obstacle to peace”.

I ask the Committee: How is respect for human rights and international law contrary to the requirements for peace? How does the obstruction of rights, the perpetuation of the exile, dispossession and misery of a people serve the cause of peace?  It does not.

The Israeli delegate called for “putting people before politics”.  We agree.  This would require, first and foremost, recognition by Israel of the humanity of the Palestine refugees, of the suffering and loss it has inflicted on them, and of their right to justice.  It requires an end to the denial of their rights based on narrow, cynical and unjustified political interests.

Furthermore, the callous remarks regarding the “number” of Palestine refugee, and who constitutes a Palestine refugee or not, are the height of hypocrisy by a State granting return to any Jewish person from anywhere in the world, yet denying Palestine refugees their right to return. [Read more…]