18 July 2014 — Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before the United Nations Security Council, Emergency Meeting

 

Mr. President,

We have called for this emergency meeting of the Security Council due to the existential crisis being faced by the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation.  With every moment that passes, the life of another Palestinian child or mother or father is cruelly taken by the Israeli occupying forces in their murderous rampage of airstrikes and artillery bombardment against civilian areas and now a massive ground invasion in the Gaza Strip, threatening the safety and survival of the entire Palestinian civilian population. As we were driving to this meeting, four additional children were killed. There names are: Rizeq Al Hayek (age 2), Sarah Bustan (age 13), Imad Ilwan (age 7)  Qasem Ilwan (age 10).

[Read more…]

17 July 2014 — Israeli aggression, incitement and targeting of children

Excellency,

I write to you today to convey that tragically yesterday, Wednesday, 16 July 2014, marked the highest number of child fatalities in a 24-hour period since the beginning of Israel’s barbaric aggression against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip began 10 days ago.  According to reports, the Israeli occupying forces killed 23 Palestinians yesterday, including 3 women and 9 children – 7 boys and 2 girls.

Among the dead were Ismail (age 9), Ahed (age 10), Mohammed (age 10) and Zakariya (age 10), brothers and cousins in the Baker family, who were murdered by the occupying forces, who fired at them as they were playing on the beach in Gaza City.  The number of children killed by such Israeli war crimes in Gaza stands in the recent period now stands at 47. The killing of these young boys was witnessed by many journalists on the scene.  One journalist, Peter Beaumont of The Guardian, who witnessed the attack, stated the following:

“The first projectile hit the sea wall of Gaza City’s little harbour a little after four o’clock. As the smoke from the explosion thinned, four figures could be seen running, ragged silhouettes, legs pumping furiously along the wall. Even from a distance of 200 metres, it was obvious that three of them were children.

Jumping off the harbour wall, they turned on to the beach, attempting to cross the short distance to the safety of the Al-Deira hotel, base for many of the journalists covering the Gaza conflict.

They waved and shouted at the watching journalists as they passed a little collection of brightly coloured beach tents, used by bathers in peacetime.

It was there that the second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. As it exploded, journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: “They are only children.” In the space of 40 seconds, four boys who had been playing hide and seek among the fishermen’s shacks built on the wall were dead.”

In addition to the killing of the four boys, yesterday, another 4 Palestinians were killed when Israeli strikes targeted them near Al-Katibal mosque west of Khan Younis.  A small girl, Yasmin Al-Astal (age 4), a boy Osama Al-Astal (age 6) and Raqiyya Al-Astal (age 70) were among the dead and many others were injured.  In another war crime yesterday, a missile was fired from an Israeli drone at a civilian taxi in Bani Suheila west of Khan Younis, killing several members of yet another Palestinian family.  The family was on their way home from a hospital where they were visiting a family member injured in an Israeli air strike in the previous days.  Ibrahim Ramadan Abu Daqqa (age 10),  his brother Amro Ramadan Abu Daqqa (age 25), and their sister Madeline Abu Daqqa (age 27), a pregnant mother of three, died along with their elderly grandmother, Khadra Abu Daqqa, all killed instantly by the wanton and deliberate attacks being perpetrated by the occupying Power.

In addition to the cold-blooded killing of these Palestinian civilians, many more have been killed and more than 1700 have been injured by over 1800 Israeli airstrikes thus far against the besieged Gaza Strip.  Moreover, in the past ten days, 695 homes have been completely destroyed with another 640 homes partially destroyed, and 81 schools have been destroyed or damaged, along with 3 hospitals and 5 other health centers, exacerbating the health crisis in Gaza, where there is a dire and growing need for medicines and medical equipment, already in short supply due to the blockade.  Religious sites also continue to be hit by Israeli airstrikes, including 3 mosques which have been completely destroyed and another 64 mosques that have been seriously damaged.  Moreover, more than 22,600 people have been displaced and more than 900,000 people are affected by the destruction of electricity, water and sanitation infrastructures.

In addition to the rampage of killing and destruction, the culture of Israeli incitement and hatred continues to intensify, deliberately aimed at terrorizing and causing harm to our people.  Among the many examples of this are the condemnable actions by Israeli citizens in the town of Sderot who have set up lounge chairs and couches on a hilltop to watch the bombs reign down on the Gaza Strip, cheering the death of Palestinian women and children, while they eat popcorn.  Members of the Israeli government also continue to incite and call for the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.  In just one abhorrent example, Ayelet Shaked, a member of the “Jewish Home” party, issued a call on Facebook to ethnically cleanse the land, declaring “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy”.  She advocated their complete destruction, “including its elderly and its women,” adding that they must be slaughtered, otherwise they might give birth to more “little snakes.”

Moreover, many Israelis continue to post hate-filled comments against Palestinians on social media outlets, inciting to further violence and terror against our people.  After yesterday’s killing of four boys by the occupying Power, Israelis posted racist, vulgar rants all over social media, including, for example: “it’s a shame it wasn’t 400,000 dead kids”, “Have more of them killed like cockroaches, go away,” and “I hope all of you die, stinking people, garbage Arabs.”  We condemn in the strongest terms such incitement and provocations and calls for violence against the Palestinian people. We call on the international community to strongly condemn all such forms of Israeli incitement, as well as the hate crimes that continue to be perpetrated against Palestinian civilians, and to compel Israel to take action against perpetrators and bring them to justice.

While the Palestinian leadership welcomed the humanitarian cease-fire called for yesterday by the UN, more must be done to stop this aggression and alleviate the humanitarian hardships of the Palestinian people in Gaza.  We express hope that ongoing efforts by all concerned parties, with which President Mahmoud Abbas is actively engaging, will bring about a permanent cease-fire in order to avert the loss of more innocent human life.  At the same time, we reiterate our urgent call to the Security Council to uphold its Charter duties and undertake action to bring an end to this Israeli aggression and protect the Palestinian civilian population from Israel’s crimes.  Israel, the occupying Power, must be held accountable for all of its violations of international law and international humanitarian law.  Moreover, the 8-year-old illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza must be lifted in order to end the socio-economic and humanitarian deprivation of our people.  The international community, in particular the High Contracting Parties to the 4th Geneva Convention, is also duty bound to ensure compliance by the occupying Power.  The history of the Palestinian people has already been marked by indescribable trauma, terror and loss a result of Israel’s 47-year-old occupation and it is high time for the international community to rectify this injustice by acting with urgency and conscience to bring an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people at the hands of the occupying Power and allow them to achieve their rights and live as a free people in their own independent State.

This letter is in follow-up to our 507 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 14 July 2014 (A/ES-10/xxx-S/2014/xxx) 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 must 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.

 

14 July 2014 — Israel’s Brutal Aggression against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

I write to you to reiterate our urgent appeals that all possible measures be undertaken by the international community to provide immediate protection to the Palestinian civilian population throughout the entire Occupied State of Palestine, especially in the besieged Gaza Strip, against the ongoing savagery and military aggression being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power. The number and facts surrounding Israel’s latest war crimes and acts of State terrorism against the Palestinian people are beyond alarming.   [Read more…]

11 July 2014 — Continuation of the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian People

Excellency,

Over the past 48 hours, Israel, the occupying Power, has continued with its savage military campaign against the Palestinian civilian population in the besieged Gaza Strip, wreaking ever more havoc, death and destruction and declaring the intention to continue attacks, endangering many more innocent lives.  We condemn in the strongest terms this barbaric Israeli aggression and the continued perpetration of State terror against the Palestinian people. We reiterate our call for immediate protection for the Palestinian civilian population from this murderous and criminal Israeli rampage.

Since my last letter, on 9 July, the Israeli occupying forces carried out hundreds more bombings and missile strikes targeting hundreds of locations in Gaza.  Reports indicate that, since the start of this aggression, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed.  This lethal campaign has also wounded over 700 other Palestinians, some critically wounded and struggling for their lives.  The casualties have tragically included dozens of children, among them many children under the age of 5, women and elderly persons, many persons of the same families as well as the killing of entire families.   The following are just some of the names of the Palestinians brutally, willfully murdered by the occupying Power over the past 48 hours:

Salem Qandeel, Amer Al-Fayouni, Bahaa Abu Elail were killed by a strike on their car north of Gaza City;

Mahmoud Al-Haj, Tariq Saad Al-Haj, Saad Mahmoud Al-Haj, Omar Al-Haj, Najla Mahmoud Al-Haj, Amina Al-Haj -all from the same family- were killed by an airstrike on their home west of Khan Younis;

Raed Shalat (age 30) was killed by an airstrike on his home in Al-Nuseirat camp, which also injured his wife and their three children;

Ibrahim Khalil Qanan (age 24) and his brother Mohammed Khalil Qanan (age 25), Ibrahim Swali (age 33) and his brother Mohammed Swali (age 28), Salem Al-Astal (age 55), Mohammed Al-Ackad (age 24) were killed by an Israeli airstrike at crowd that had gathered at a beach café Khan Younis;

Abdullah Abu Ghazl (age 4) was killed and his brother injured by an Israeli airstrike on their home in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza;

Hussein Abu Jamei (age 57) and his son Ismail (age 19) were killed by strike on their home in Khan Younis;

Mohammed Ihsan Farawneh (age 19) was killed in an airstrike in Khan Younis;

Mahmoud Wloud, Hazem Baalousha, Alaa Abdel Nabi were all killed by an airstrike on their car in the Al-Saftawi neighborhood in northern Gaza Strip;

Yasmeen Al-Mutaweq (age 4) was killed by an airstrike in southern Gaza Strip;

Ahmed Zaher Hamdan (age 22) died of injuries he sustained in an Israeli airstrike in the previous days;

Mohammed Al-Kahlout was killed in an airstrike east of Jabaliya refugee camp;

Sami Adnan Shildan (age 25) was killed in an airstrike on Al-Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City;

Shahd Helmi Al-Qarnawi (age 5) died of injuries she sustained in an Israeli airstrike in the previous days;

AbdelHalim Ashra (age 54) was found under the rubble of his home which was hit by an Israeli war plane in Deir Al-Balah;

Abdallah Abu Mahrouq died of injuries he sustained during an Israeli strike yesterday, 10 July, while he was on his motorcycle in Deir Al-Balah;

Anas  Rizq Abu Al-Kas (age 30) was killed in a strike on Burj Tal Al-Hawa west of Gaza City;

Adnan  Salem Al-Ashhab (age 40) was killed in a strike south of Gaza City;

Mazen Aslan and Shahraman Abu Al-Kas were killed in a strike in Al-Breij camp in central Gaza;

Mohammed Rabii Abu Hmaidan (age 65) was killed by an airstrike in Beit Lahia;

Wisam Abdel Razeq Ghannam (age 23), Mahmoud Abdel Razeq Ghannam, Kifah Shehada (age 20), Ghalia Deeb Ghannam (age 7), Mohammed Mounir Ashour (age 25), were all killed by strike on their home in Rafah;

Nour Marwan Al-Najdi (age 10), was killed by an airstrike on Al-Nahda neighborhood in Rafah;

Saber Sukkar (age 80), Hussein Mohammed Al-Mamlouk (age 47) died of injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike on Al-Shujaiah neighborhood in Gaza City.

For all of these heinous crimes against the Palestinian people, Israel must be held fully accountable and justice must be achieved for the victims. The failure to do so will only embolden Israel’s impunity, further exacerbating this conflict and deepening the already-grave suffering of the Palestinian people under this illegitimate occupation.  In this connection, we reiterate our urgent call on the international community to act collectively and responsibly to address this crisis. The duties of the international community, including the Security Council, are clear and must be respected and upheld.  International law, including humanitarian and human rights law, must be upheld and must not be allowed to be so flagrantly dismissed without consequence. Immediate action must be undertaken in particular by the Security Council in accordance with its Charter authority to bring a halt to Israel’s onslaught against the Palestinian people and to extinguish the flames of this most recent, deadly cycle of violence that has already claimed too many innocent civilian lives.

This letter is in follow-up to our 505 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 9 July 2014 (A/ES-10/xxx-S/2014/xxx) 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 must 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.

UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR ON ASSISTANCE TO PALESTINIAN PEOPLE IN NAIROBI

UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR ON ASSISTANCE TO PALESTINIANS PEOPLE REVIEWS
SOCIOECONOMIC, HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN OCCUPIED TERRITORY

Ambassador Mansour participating in the UN Seminar in Nairobi Nairobi Seminar

The first plenary session of the United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, began with a presentation by Maria-Jose Torres-Macho, Deputy Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

During the session, entitled “The socioeconomic and humanitarian situation in Palestine”, Ms. Torres-Macho addressed the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip through indicators, such as livelihoods and economy, housing and shelter, access to services and assistance, education, health, water and sanitation, electricity and physical insecurity.

She said the already dire situation in Gaza had taken a dramatic turn for the worse since the closure of the network of tunnels from Egypt, while the sea blockade had affected between 3,000 and 5,000 people who relied on fisheries, as well as the enclave’s economy as a whole. The restricted area next to the barrier fence coincided with Gaza’s best arable land, where all its greenhouses, as well as citrus and other fruits, were previously located. Gaza’s exports were limited to strawberries sent to the Netherlands as part of a cooperation project with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), she said, noting Israeli claims that other exports could not be allowed for security reasons.

The Gaza situation was characterized by growing constraints in terms of livelihoods and economy, she said. The latest statistics produced by the Palestinian Bureau for Statistics showed that 41 per cent of Gaza’s people were unemployed, with the poverty level at 39 per cent. Some 57 per cent of residents were food insecure, and as a result, 80 per cent of the 1.9 million Gazans were receiving food aid, which was quite striking since the rate of development in the enclave had been quite vibrant before the blockade.

In terms of housing and shelter, there was a shortage of 70,000 housing units due to natural population growth, as well as the damage caused by Israel’s 2009 “Operation Cast Lead”, she said, adding that 12,000 people remained displaced after the destruction of their homes. Overcrowded schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) or the Ministry of Education operated double shifts. Some 250 more schools were to be built to accommodate the growing population.

On health care, she said there was a lack of basic drugs and essential disposables in Gaza, partly due to Palestinian Authority budget shortfalls and allocation priorities between the West Bank and Gaza. Owing to restrictions in April, only seven patients had crossed into Egypt, compared to 7,000 a month in 2013. Only very sick people or special cases were able to enter Egypt.

Concerning electricity, she said there were ongoing power cuts and the Gaza power plant was on the verge of running out of fuel, which would affect the basic operation of clinics and the running of sewage and water systems. That would force the use of reserve generators. Fuel supplies provided by were running out, and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs was engaged in dialogue with Ramallah on how to provide fuel for critical sectors. As for physical security, there was always collateral damage affecting civilians, even when Israel carried out strikes against alleged military targets.

Turning to the West Bank, she said the territory’s population now stood at 2.7 million, she said the division of land after the Oslo Accords of 1993-1994 had changed the way in which land was administered, and areas of the West Bank had been assigned to various categories — A, B and C. Palestinian movement was limited by the need to get Israel’s approval, and the lifting of such restrictions would significantly improve the West Bank economy — by 30 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) — and access to land, homes and livelihoods was very difficult for Palestinians.

She went on to say that Area E1 near Jerusalem was surrounded by two blocks of settlements, and 200 Bedouin communities there would have to be relocated, according to Israel. The relocation area has been identified and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs was currently focusing on that. The way forward was not only about meeting basic needs, but also about protecting fundamental human rights, she emphasized, noting that the global financial crisis had affected the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ funding, reducing its reach in terms of providing assistance.

Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, addressed the Seminar via video link, describing the situation in Gaza as environmentally, economically and politically unsustainable. While the international community faced a multitude of humanitarian crises in various other parts of the world, the man-made Gaza case had been entirely preventable. In seven years since Israel’s imposition of the blockade, Gaza had gone from well-rounded middle-income economy to a situation in which most of the population relied on the United Nations for food.

Gaza faced some very significant environmental challenges in the medium term, he continued, the most serious of which was the availability of drinking water. Less than 10 per cent was safe for drinking, but it was getting worse by the day. That problem could be resolved by desalination, but that required power, he said, describing the power situation as “very dire”. Power was off for 15 to 16 hours a day due to the unavailability of fuel.

He went on to note that Gaza’s economy was in its eighth year under Israel’s blockade. Agriculture, food processing and textile production had been affected because of a shortage of materials and the lack of access to markets. Construction materials had previously come in through the tunnels but after the closure of that operation, unemployment rates had increased. No salaries had been paid to the de facto Government’s 40,000 employees for the last three months, he said, warning that disgruntled former workers were a potential source of instability, while the ongoing governance vacuum threatened to dissolve into chaos.

Mounir Kleibo, Representative of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Jerusalem, gave a brief description of current employment challenges in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, saying: “It is not an easy time to be a young man or woman in the Palestinian labour market today.” Unemployment was high, particularly for college-educated women, and thousands were forced to work in Israel or in the settlements. Agricultural productivity had declined, affecting both GDP and unemployment rates. On the situation of Palestinian women in the labour force, he said their participation rate during the first quarter of 2014 had stood at 17.3 per cent, one of the lowest in the region. Those lacking skills held menial positions with compensation that did not meet the minimum wage and no compensation for overtime work, while participation in the labour force by women with university degrees was the lowest in the world.

On youth, he said that 70 per cent of the Palestinian population was under the age of 30, adding that only 49 per cent of young men aged 15 to 24 participated in the labor force compared to 8.8 per cent of young women. The unemployment rate for young men was 36.9 per cent, while that of women was 64.7 per cent. Additionally, the youth labour market in the Occupied Palestinian Territory was profoundly influenced by gender, he said, noting that the local economy could absorb less than 10 per cent of some 40,000 university graduates. The education system did not equip graduates with the necessary skill sets, he added.

He went on to state that Palestinians worked for Israelis under conditions based on a quota and permit system. Working in Israeli settlements was not a choice but a necessity for Palestinian workers. Men worked in construction and the industrial sector, while women did agricultural or domestic work. The latter were particularly exposed to abusive practices by labour brokers, including excessive fees or wage deductions and sexual violence. Workers were also exposed to occupational safety risks, as well as hazardous and humiliating conditions without adequate protection.

Concerning children and persons with disabilities, he said the majority of child labour cases were found in agriculture. Persons with disabilities faced great impediments and obstacles to integration into the labor market. East Jerusalem also faced severe challenges caused by the erection of the separation wall, inadequate public transport services and the enforcement of strenuous checkpoint procedures. Area C, where more than half the land in the West Bank was located, much of it agricultural and resource-rich, was inaccessible to Palestinians. Yet, were economic activity to be liberalized, it would have a particularly high impact on the development of businesses in agriculture, as well as in the exploitation of Dead Sea minerals, stone mining and quarrying, construction, tourism and telecommunications.

Fahd Abu Saymeh, Financial and Administrative Director of the Applied Research Institute in Jerusalem, examined the economic costs of the occupation, saying it imposed myriad restrictions on the Palestinian economy. It prevented Palestinians from accessing much of their lands and exploiting most of their natural resources; isolated Palestinians from global markets; and fragmented their territory into small, poorly connected “islands”. As recently highlighted by international financial institutions, including the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the occupation impeded any prospects for sustainable economic growth.

John Clarke, Chief of the Coordination Unit in the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, emphasized that improving the situation on the ground would mean, not only continuing advocacy on movement, access and other enabling measures, but also working to scale up and improve international programming, including the estimated $1 billion implemented annually through the United Nations. Noting that United Nations programming had always provided essential support for Palestinian State-building, he said it had taken on even greater importance following the formation of the Government of National Consensus, which would abide by Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) commitments on recognition of Israel, non-violence and adherence to previous agreements. The reconciliation held out the prospect of reuniting the West Bank and the Gaza Strip under a single legitimate Palestinian authority. “We have already indicated our support to those efforts, including by addressing the increasing political, security, humanitarian and economic challenges in the Gaza Strip,” he said. “The UN will continue to engage with the newly appointed Government of National Consensus in order to improve conditions for Palestinians while continuing our political work with the parties.”

– See more at: http://unispal.un.org/unispal.nsf/47d4e277b48d9d3685256ddc00612265/c5ae24a9120ed12685257d09004b6720?OpenDocument#sthash.xhwPddqd.dpuf

30 June 2014 – Israeli aggression and collective punishment of the Palestinian People

Excellency,

I regret to inform you that Israel is escalating its military assaults and human rights violations against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied State of Palestine.  In the past several days, air strikes and excessive force by the occupying Power have caused death and injury to more Palestinian civilians, including children, especially in the besieged Gaza Strip.   It should be stated that the intensification of Israel’s aggression against the Occupied State of Palestine threatens to further destabilize the situation on the ground and to fully ignite yet another round of deadly violence. This demands the attention of the international community, particularly the Security Council, which is duty-bound to act to maintain international peace and security.  [Read more…]

23 June 2013 – Letter from H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine to H.E. Secretary-General of the United Nations on Israeli violations in the OPT

Excellency, 

 

I write concerning the large-scale offensive assault launched by Israel, the occupying Power, against Palestinian civilians across the occupied West Bank. Since three settlers, illegally transferred by the occupying Power to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, went missing on 13 June 2014, the occupying Power has taken the Palestinian population hostage. For over a week now, Israeli occupation forces have waged an unrelenting and wide-scale campaign against Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps, subjecting the civilian population to a litany of abuses and punitive measures, including a ban on travel for Palestinians residing in Hebron, the largest Palestinian Governorate, home to approximately 800,000 residents.    [Read more…]

1 November 2013 – Israeli Settlement Provocations

Excellency,

Just three months ago, the international community was filled with high hopes that the renewal of negotiations, after a prolonged and deleterious impasse, would bring about a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in accordance with the longstanding terms of reference of the two-State solution based on the pre-1967 borders within the agreed negotiating period of six to nine months.  It is regretful that throughout this duration of the past three months of the negotiations, these hopes have been constantly and seriously eroded by the illegal actions committed by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the territory constituting the State of Palestine. [Read more…]

17 October 2013- Israel is destroying the viability of the two-State solution

Excellency,

We write to express our alarm about ongoing illegal Israeli activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the territory constituting the State of Palestine. The persistence of the occupying Power’s illegal and provocative actions in this regard continues to raise tensions and further destabilize the situation on the ground.  While the State of Palestine remains committed to and continues to engage in the negotiations in good faith, Israel’s ongoing aggression against the sovereignty, viability, territorial integrity and contiguity of the State of Palestine and the viability of the two-State solution are both cause for alarm and cause for deep doubts regarding the potential for success of the negotiations.

[Read more…]

The Rule of Law at the National and International levels

Statement by Mr. Yousef N. Zeidan, Legal Adviser, before the Sixth Committee, Agenda item 85: the rule of law at the national and international levels,

68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 11 October 2013

-As Delivered-

Mr. Chairman,

            At the outset, I wish to extend warmest congratulations to you and through you to the distinguished bureau on your election for this session. I would also like to assure you that my delegation stands ready to cooperate with you in order to succeed in our collective work.

             The State of Palestine aligns itself with the statement made by Iran on behalf of the NAM.

  [Read more…]