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, 17 January 2017:

Mr. President,

On behalf of the State of Palestine, I extend our warm congratulations to the friendly country of Sweden on its election to the Security Council and thank you for convening this important debate under Sweden’s presidency.

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

Today, I also extend our sincere congratulations to the other newly-elected members of the Council – Bolivia, Ethiopia, Italy and Kazakhstan, wishing them all success, confident in their commitment to upholding their Charter responsibilities. [Read more…]

5 January 2017 – Press Release

 

 

Press release regarding the meeting between Ambassador Olof Skoog of the Kingdom of Sweden and President of the United Nations Security Council for January 2017 and Ambassador Riyad Mansour of the State of Palestine on the implementation on UNSCR 2334

This morning, Ambassador Mansour met with the President of the Security Council for this month, Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden and discussed with him the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016). In this regard, Ambassador Mansour emphasized the collective responsibility of the Security Council to ensure that Israel, the occupying Power, abides scrupulously with the provisions of the resolution and to end immediately its illegal settlement activities.

They also discussed the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, in his mandated responsibility of preparing his first report within three months from the adoption of the resolution regarding the implementation of it. The two Ambassadors also discussed the need to be very vigilant regarding OP5 which requests differentiation in dealings between Israel proper and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

It was the understanding of Ambassador Mansour that the President of the Security Council will discuss the content of the meeting with all members of the Security Council during informal consultations of the Council. The two Ambassadors discussed other issues of importance to further the cause of peace and the two-State solution.

5 يناير 2017

بيان  صحفى

لقاء بين رئيس مجلس الأمن لشهر يناير 2017، السفير أولوف سكوغ المندوب الدائم لممكلة السويد في الامم المتحدة و السفير رياض منصور،المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين في الأمم المتحدة بشأن تنفيذ قرار مجلس الأمن 2334 (2016)

 

التقى السفير منصور مع رئيس مجلس الأمن لهذا الشهر، السفير أولوف سكوغ، وبحث معه تنفيذ قرار مجلس الأمن 2334 (2016)

وفي هذا الصدد، أكد السفير منصور على المسؤولية الجماعية التي تقع على مجلس الأمن لضمان التزام إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالاحتلال، بأحكام ومبادئ هذا القرار، ووضع حد فوري لأنشطتها الاستيطانية غير القانونية

 كما تطرق منصور أيضا إلى المسؤولية المنوطة بالأمين العام للأمم المتحدة، السيد أنطونيو غوتيريس، في إعداد أول تقرير له خلال ثلاثة أشهر من اعتماد القرار لمتابعة تنفيذ أحكامه ومبادئه على أرض الواقع

كما ناقش السفيرين ضرورة الاهتمام بالفقرة العاملة الخامسة من القرار والتي تطالب بالتفريق في التعامل بين إسرائيل والأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية

وخرج السفير منصور بانطباعا أن رئيس مجلس الأمن سيناقش ما جاء في هذا الاجتماع الثنائي مع جميع أعضاء مجلس الأمن خلال المشاورات غير الرسمية للمجلس. كما ناقش السفيرين قضايا أخرى هامة من شأنها تعزيز قضية السلام والحل القائم على دولتين

5 January 2017 – Israel’s Continued Crimes and Violations Against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

As a new year has begun, the Palestinian people living under Israel’s nearly 50-year-old military occupation continue to face an unrelenting barrage of oppressive, illegal and destructive measures by Israel, the occupying Power.

Sadly, for the Palestinian people, 2016 ended the same way that 2017 began in that not for a minute has the occupying Power ceased its illegal policies and measures in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem.  Despite the repeated appeals and calls of the international community, including the recent adoption of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), Israel continues with its violations against the Palestinian people and their land with total disregard of the law and without fear of consequences.  In fact, the current Israeli right-wing Government under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu seems to only be interested in causing more suffering for the Palestinian people, entrenching its occupation and destroying the contiguity and viability of the Palestinian land along with the prospects for realizing the two-State solution for peace. [Read more…]

29 December 2016 – Follow-up to Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016)

Excellency,

I write to you following the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of resolution 2334 (2016) on the 23rd of December, a significant undertaking that has been resoundingly welcomed and accepted by the Palestinian people and their leadership, who remain steadfast in their commitment to the path of peace and achieving freedom, rights and justice on this path.  While long-overdue, this action by the Council is viewed as most timely, necessary and important, a view expressed by the overwhelming majority of the international community that has welcomed the resolution’s adoption. [Read more…]

20 December 2016 – Israeli Settlement Schemes and Provocations

Excellency,

As the Security Council continues its deliberations on the question of Palestine month after month, amidst constant calls by the international community for responsible action in line with its Charter duties, Israel, the occupying Power, continues to exploit the Council’s inaction with the continuation and intensification of its illegal and destructive policies and practices, in particular in connection with its colonial settlement enterprise, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

At this time, we must officially place on record our total condemnation of all Israeli schemes to violate, distort and undermine all applicable laws to this situation.  In this regard, the so-called Israeli “regulation bill”, which attempts to give so-called “legal status” to dozens of illegal Israeli settlements and “outposts” constructed on private Palestinian land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, constitutes yet another provocative and flagrantly illegal action by the occupying Power. This scheme clearly aims at further consolidating Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise and further privileging its illegal settlers on our land. On 7 December 2016, this bill was given initial approval by the Israeli Knesset and, if ultimately passed, would further entrench 55 illegal “outposts” and approximately 4,000 more units in illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, in direct and grave breach of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 49 thereof.   [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the United Nations Security Council, Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 23 December 2016

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Mr. President,

I thank you for convening this important meeting and express the State of Palestine’s sincere appreciation for the principled efforts you’ve exerted in both your national capacity as well as in Spain’s capacity as President of the Security Council for this month.

The Council’s action, while long-overdue, is timely, necessary and important. The resolution adopted reaffirms the Council’s decades-long position that Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (1) have no legal validity; (2) constitute flagrant breaches under international law, namely the Fourth Geneva Convention, and (3) constitute a major obstacle to peace, gravely diminishing the viability of the two-State solution based on the 4 June 1967 borders and the possibility of realizing it. [Read more…]

14 November 2016 – Crimes and Violations Perpetrated against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

I write to alert you to the critical situation that continues to prevail in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, due to Israel’s relentless provocations and illegal actions against the Palestinian people.  On a daily basis, the occupying Power persists with its grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, which are exacerbating the humanitarian situation on the ground, intensifying the hardships faced by the Palestinian people and diminishing any real hope or possibility to achieve peace based on the two-State solution.

Over the years, we have conveyed hundreds of letters to Your Excellency, particularly during intensely difficult and dark moments faced by the Palestinian civilian population under Israel’s nearly half-century occupation. We have repeatedly appealed to the international community, especially the Security Council, to uphold the Charter and the obligations to respect and ensure respect of international law, including by determining measures to compel Israel to end its war crimes and human rights violations against the Palestinian people. The consensus on this is clear – such respect is imperative, not only to stem the deterioration of the situation and alleviate human suffering in the immediate term, but to salvage the long-term prospects for peace and expedite realization of the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights, including to self-determination and freedom, which have been forcefully withheld from them for far too long.

Regrettably, our calls have fallen on deaf ears and the international community, in specific the Security Council, continues to fail to uphold its obligations despite the international community’s unanimity on both the illegality of Israel’s policies and practices against the Palestinian people, including its measures of settlement colonization throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and its nearly ten-year blockade of the Gaza Strip in an act of gross and massive collective punishment against our people.  One of the main tragedies of the inaction by the international community is that it has unquestionably emboldened Israel to persist with its destructive policies and practices against the defenseless Palestinian population, including, inter alia, the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians, including children and women, causing death and injury. And, as has been the case throughout the decades, Palestinian children are inordinately bearing the brunt of this increasingly oppressive, violent and illegal Israeli occupation.

Alongside the constant oppression of the Palestinian people, the occupying Power has been unrelenting in its illegal colonization practices, with settlement and Wall construction and all related measures, including confiscation of land, demolition of homes and forced displacement of civilians, continuing unabated in grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention and constituting a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.  The destructive impact of such Israeli violations is immense and has caused further decline of socio-economic conditions, inflamed tensions and anger among the Palestinian civilian population and deepened their hopelessness.

 

While impossible to record each and every crime committed by Israeli occupying forces and terrorist settlers against the Palestinian people, the record below accounts for some of the many Israeli crimes since our last letter on 7 October 2016, all clearly reflecting policies aimed at dehumanizing and denying the rights of the Palestinian civilian population, traumatizing generation after generation under this illegal occupation:

9 October 2016

  • Israeli occupying forces demolished eight homes in the Bedouin community of Khan Al-Ahmar in the central West Bank, forcibly displacing and leaving homeless 28 Palestinians, 18 of them children.

 

20 October 2016

  • Israeli occupying forces shot and killed Khalid Bahr Ahmad Bahr, age 15. The boy was shot in the back, with the bullet exiting through his chest.  In a clear continuation of Israel’s “shoot-to-kill” policy, Israeli soldiers shot Khalid in the back because he was allegedly throwing stones. The fact he was shot three times in the back clearly disproves the bogus claim that the Israeli forces felt under threat.

 26 October 2016

  • Israel, the occupying Power, demolished a four-apartment building in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan of Occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of “construction without permission.” Israeli forces, accompanied by armed bulldozers, broke into the area in the early morning hours and demolished the building owned by four brothers from the Ja’afreh family displacing 30 people, including women and children. Issa Ja’afreh, owner of one of the apartments, said he and his brothers have been fighting the demolition order for nine years hoping to get a building permit from the occupying Power but to no avail. Besides the cruel and illegal demolition of their homes, they have been ordered to pay demolition costs estimated at nearly 40,000 US dollars.

 27 October 2016

  • So-called Israeli municipality announced its intention to construct 180 illegal settlement units in the illegal settlement “Gilo” in Occupied East Jerusalem.

29 October 2016

  • Ahmad Hamed was shot and severely injured by an Israeli occupying soldier who was manning a military checkpoint near the town of Silwad, east of Ramallah. Hamed was shot by three bullets in the right leg, stomach and right shoulder causing rupture in the lung and fractured ribs. The bullet lodged in the liver and he remains in critical condition.

 30 October 2016

  • Khalid Ahmad Elayyan Ikhlayyil, 23, was killed and killed by Israeli occupying forces near the village of Beit Ummar near Al-Khalil in the vicinity of the illegal settlement bloc of “Gush Etzion”.

 1 November 2016

  • The occupying Power raised an Israeli flag at the eastern entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection, in Occupied East Jerusalem. The Higher Presidential Committee of Church Affairs in Palestine condemned this illegal action, stressing that it constitutes a clear violation of the sanctity of the holy site and the historic status quo that has been in place for decades, including that the occupying Power shall not to raise any flags on Muslim or Christian religious properties.

 2 November 2016

  • Israeli occupying forces detained at least 28 Palestinians, including a woman and five children aged 15, 16 and 17 years, during overnight raids in the Occupied West Bank, including Occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Israeli occupying forces demolished a two-story residence in Beit Hanina, a neighborhood of Occupied East Jerusalem, displacing more Palestinian families.

3 November 2016

  • Maen Nasser al-Din Abu Qaraa, age 23, from the village of al-Mazraa al-Qibliyaa was killed by Israeli occupying forces after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier who was guarding a bus stop near the illegal settlement of “Ofra” near Ramallah. Occupying forces reportedly prevented Palestinian medics from approaching the scene, leaving him to bleed to death. He is the 238th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli occupying forces or settlers since the recent cycle of violence began in October 2015. 
  • Israeli occupying forces detained at least 22 Palestinians, including nine members of the Abu Shousheh family, during overnight raids across the West Bank. Israeli soldiers also ransacked a shop located beneath Abu Shouseh’s house and confiscated a number of vehicles. Also, in Occupied East Jerusalem, so-called Israeli forces raided the Jabal Al-Mukabbir neighborhood, forcibly searching two homes and detaining four Palestinians from Ewesat family, including three brothers.
  • Occupying forces demolished two storage warehouses and a butchery in Beita, south of Nablus.

4 November 2016

  • Israeli occupying forces reportedly banned the Muslim call to dawn prayer from the loudspeakers of three mosques in the town of Abu Dis. Israeli soldiers raided the town just before the dawn prayer on Friday, 4 November, and raided the Al-Rahman, Al-Taybeh and Al-Jamia mosques in the town and issued a ban on the call for dawn prayer through the loudspeakers, in a clear violation of the fundamental right of freedom to worship.  The events in Abu Dis came a day after a number of illegal Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of “Pisgat Zeev” protested in front of the house of so-called Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barakat over the “noise pollution” caused by the Muslim call to prayer.

 6 November 2016

  • Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Israeli forces detained 71 fishermen and confiscated 22 fishing boats throughout 2015. The Center reported that Israeli naval forces also opened fire on Palestinian fishermen at least 139 times over the course of the year in the blockaded Gaza Strip, wounding 24 persons and damaging 16 fishing boats.

7 November 2016

  • An Israeli court sentenced a 14-year-old Palestinian boy, Ahmad Manasra, to 12 years in prison. Manasra was convicted of attempted murder for carrying out an alleged stabbing attack on 12 October 2015 that injured two Israeli settlers near the illegal settlement of “Pisgat Zeev” in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Occupied East Jerusalem.   In addition to the sentencing of a child to a 12-year prison sentence, the so-called court also imposed a fine on his family of over 45,000 US dollars.

It should be mentioned that during the alleged attack, Ahmad’s cousin Hassan Khalid Manasra , age 15, was shot dead at the scene by occupying forces, while Ahmad was hit by a car and seriously wounded. A video was taken of young Ahmad lying injured and bleeding on the ground, with an Israeli onlooker clearly heard saying: “Die, son of a wh***! Die!” while another tells the Israeli police officer to shoot him. The cruel treatment of Ahmad continued after his detention as Israeli forces cursed and verbally abused him, who at the time was 13-years-old.

Ahmad’s trial was also postponed several times, leaving many to conclude that the move to delay the case until he turned 14 in January was deliberately made to facilitate a sentencing when he would be old enough under Israeli law for a prison sentence.  It is important to note, that according to a report this past September by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, at least 1,000 Palestinian children between the ages of 11 and 18 have been detained by Israel since January 2016, many who have been abused and tortured while in detention. According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights groups Addameer, a total of 340 Palestinian children are currently being incarcerated by Israel.

9 November 2016

  • Muhammad Amr, age 32, from the city of Tulkarem was critically wounded by live ammunition shot by Israeli occupying forces at the entrance of the village of Huwwara near Nablus.  The occupying Power alleged that Muhammad tried to stab an Israeli soldier while witnesses at the scene claimed that Muhammad was only attempting to cross the street before being shot.

As evidenced by the mounting list of human rights violations and international humanitarian law violations, Israel, the occupying Power, remains in complete disrespect and contempt of the law, causing endless destruction, suffering and anguish for the Palestinian people.  We repeat today our appeal to the international community to protect our people, as a matter of urgency and in accordance with international law.  Moreover, we call for urgent action to compel Israel to completely halt its illegal colonization of the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem. This is imperative to stem the deterioration and reverse the dangerous reality on the ground, as repeatedly stressed by the international community, including the Quartet.  The international community must unequivocally demand an end to all of these Israeli violations and the Security Council in specific cannot be absolved of its responsibilities.  The time is long overdue to stop Israel from acting as a State above the law and to finally end this illegal occupation in all its manifestations.

This letter is in follow-up to our 597 previous letters regarding the ongoing crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which constitutes the territory of the State of Palestine. These letters, dated from 29 September 2000 (A/55/432-S/2000/921) to 7 October 2016 (A/ES-10/734-S/2016/848) constitute a basic record of the crimes being committed by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people since September 2000.  For all of these war crimes, acts of State terrorism and systematic human rights violations being committed against the Palestinian people, Israel, the occupying Power, must be held accountable and the perpetrators be brought to justice.

I should be grateful if you would arrange to have the text of the present letter distributed as a document of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 5, and of the Security Council.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Feda Abdelhady-Nasser

Charge’ d’Affaires, a.i.

Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, New York, 19 October 2016

Mr. President,

At the outset, I extend Palestine’s congratulations to the Russian Federation on its presidency of the Security Council and our appreciation for convening of this important debate today.

I also thank Mr. Nikolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UN Special Coordinator, for his briefing and ongoing efforts, including to draw the Council’s attention to the critical issues before us.

I also reiterate our deep appreciation to the five Security Council members that co-chaired last week’s Arria-meeting on Israeli settlement activities, allowing for the Council to hear expert presentations about the stark reality and dangers of the ongoing illegal colonization of Palestine, both on the ground and on the prospects for peace. We thank Malaysia, Egypt, Angola, Senegal and Venezuela for this timely and important initiative.

Mr. President,

Reflecting on that meeting and the firm positions reaffirmed by all Council members, along with many recent Government statements in response to Israeli settlement announcements, it is clear that the settlements issue is not, as cynically claimed by some, a “one-sided, Palestinian” issue. As affirmed in every statement, the illegality of settlement activities and the threats posed to the two-State solution and peace prospects, are matters of international law and involve all States concerned with a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and peace and security in the Middle East. [Read more…]

بيان صحفي

                                                                                                          11  اكتوبر 2016

بيان صحفي

بعثة فلسطين تطالب المجتمع الدولي بتوفير الحماية للمدنيين الفلسطينيين في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة

          ألقت ريم منصور، المستشار القانوني بالبعثة المراقبة الدائمة لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة، كلمة أمام اللجنة القانونية (السادسة) التابعة للجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة حول بند حالة البروتوكولين الإضافيين لإتفاقيات جنيف لعام 1949 والمتعلقة بحماية ضحايا النزاعات المسلحة ذكرت فيها أننا نناقش هذه المسألة في لحظة حرجة ونحن نشهد معاناة هائلة لملايين المدنيين في النزاعات المسلحة حول العالم، وخاصة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.  الشعب الفلسطيني يعرف جيدا الآلام والمآسي الناجمة عن النزاعات المسلحة فهو لايزال يعاني من مظالم النكبة عام 1948، بما في ذلك محنة  أكثر من خمسة ملايين لاجئ فلسطيني وهي اطول محنة لاجئين في العالم، ويعاني من الإحتلال العسكري الإسرائيلي الوحشي وغيرالشرعي لمدة نصف قرن تقريبا. لقد استمرت معاناة الشعب الفلسطيني بسبب عدم التوصل إلى حل عادل للنزاع، على الرغم من قرارات الأمم المتحدة التي لا تعد ولا تحصى، وأيضا بسبب فشل المجتمع الدولي في ضمان احترام القانون الإنساني الدولي في مواجهة الانتهاكات الخطيرة له وفي توفير الحماية للمدنيين إلى أن يتحقق هذا الحل [Read more…]

7 October 2016 – Israeli Crimes and Violations Perpetrated Against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

I regret to once again have to draw your attention to the critical and tense situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, as a result of Israel’s relentless provocations and illegal actions against the Palestinian people.  The systematic human rights violations and breaches of humanitarian law, particularly the theft and colonization of the Palestinian land, being perpetrated by the occupying Power continue to undermine the fragile and perilous situation on the ground and threaten to make the two-State solution impossible.

In flagrant defiance of international law and the demands of the international community to cease its illegitimate, destructive campaign of settlement building throughout the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, Israel, the occupying Power, continues to provoke and incite with repeated declarations regarding further plans to colonize the Palestinian land.  Just last week, the occupying Power announced its intention to advance plans to construct an entirely new illegal Israeli settlement in the northern occupied West Bank, likely to be used to [Read more…]