1 May 2015 – Israeli Occupying Force Violations Against Palestinian Children

Excellency,

I write to draw your attention to the critical situation ongoing 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.

The vulnerability of Palestinian children is deepening as they continue to bear the brunt of increasingly oppressive, violent and illegal Israeli policies and practices being systematically perpetrated against the Palestinian people. For nearly 50 years, Palestinian children have suffered at the hands of Israeli occupying forces and will tragically continue to suffer as long as Israel, the occupying Power, remains immune from consequences for their human rights violations and crimes.  In this regard, we are of the firm conviction that only accountability can remedy the prevailing culture of impunity and compel respect for international law and human rights. [Read more…]

Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear weapons (NPT), 29 April 2015

Madam President,

At the outset, I extend our deepest sympathies to the people and government of Nepal. Your country is in our thoughts and we wish you strength and courage during this tragic time.

Allow me to congratulate Your Excellency on your election as President of this very important 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear weapons (NPT). We would also like to extend our congratulations to all the members of the Bureau. We are confident that with your profound experience and capabilities you will lead our deliberations to a successful conclusion.

The State of Palestine aligns itself with the statements delivered by the Kingdom of Bahrain on behalf of the Arab Group and the Islamic Republic of Iran on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). [Read more…]

Statement by Ambassador Feda Abdelhady Nasser before the United Nations Security Council, Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 21 April 2015

Mr. President,

Allow me, on behalf of the delegation of the State of Palestine, to thank H.E. Mr. Nasser Judeh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, for chairing this important meeting of the Security Council. We congratulate Jordan on its Presidency, with full appreciation for the Jordanian delegation’s efforts to address the many critical issues on the Security Council’s agenda, including its principled, unwavering support for the just cause of Palestine.

At this time, we also express our appreciation to the delegation of France for its skilled leadership of the Security Council in the month of March.

We thank H.E. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for his briefing and his unrelenting calls and efforts for peace, humanity and justice. We congratulate his new Special Representative and Special Coordinator, Mr. Nikolay Mladenov, on his appointment, wishing him success and affirming our readiness to cooperate with his efforts.  We also reaffirm deep appreciation to Mr. Robert Serry for his years of service. We recognize his efforts in support of the Palestinian people and Government through many critical periods during his tenure, including three brutal Israeli wars against Gaza, and his constant efforts to advance solutions to emergent problems and promote peace, including his impassioned entreaties to the Council to act to bring an end to this devastating conflict, which remains a threat to international peace and security. [Read more…]

17 April 2015 – Palestinian Prisoners’ Day

Excellency,

I have the honor to enclose herewith an unofficial translation of a report authored by the State of Palestine Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs’ Commission of Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, commemorated by the State of Palestine annually on 17 April. This report briefly reflects the tragic reality for the thousands of Palestinian men, women and children living under Israeli occupation for nearly 50 years who have been subjected to arrest, detention and grave abuses at the hands of the occupying Power. The threat of arbitrary detention and imprisonment is constant and consistent, as is evident by this report, and the impact on the Palestinian people and society has been devastating. [Read more…]

13 April 2015 – Grave Situation of Palestine Refugees in Yarmouk

Excellency,

In follow up to the emergency consultations of the Security Council on 6 April, I convey once again the grave concerns of the Palestinian leadership about the dire situation of Palestine refugees in Syria as a result of the ongoing armed conflict there.  In particular, we continue to call the international community’s attention to the humanitarian catastrophe in the Yarmouk refugee camp.

As indicated in the briefing to the Security Council by the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl, the situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp has precipitously deteriorated following the 2 April takeover of the camp by terrorists affiliated with ISIL and other terror groups.  It is a situation constituting a direct threat to the lives of the nearly 18,000 Palestine refugees that remain in the camp of the original 160,000 residents. Refugees are suffering death and injury, as well as further destruction of their homes, dispossession and displacement, as the wanton violence rages around them. [Read more…]

25 March 2015 – Intensification and Punitive Israeli Practices

Excellency,

Global hopes for peace have been further diminished by recent confirmations of the Israeli Prime Minister’s anti-peace stance.  His blatant rejection of the two-State solution endorsed for decades by the international community, along with his racist rant against the Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel and the inflammatory rhetoric of his extremist cohorts, indicate the depth of Israel’s intransigence and contempt for international law, human rights and the fundamental principles of democracy, equality and justice.

The words of Israeli leaders continue to translate directly into unlawful and inhumane deeds, causing more suffering and loss for the Palestinian people under this nearly half-century belligerent military occupation.  The critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory constituting the State of Palestine – continues to deteriorate as illegal and punitive measures by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people continue apace. This toxic combination of developments, at the political, security and humanitarian levels, should be cause for alarm and should prompt urgent international action to prevent further destabilization and salvage the minimal prospects for peace before it is too late. [Read more…]

25 March 2015 – بيان صحفي

بيان صحفي

25 مــارس 2015

عقد مجلس الأمن مناقشة مفتوحة حول “الأطفال والصراعات المسلحة” حيث قدمت السيدة ليلى زروفي، الممثل الخاص للأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بشأن الأطفال والصراعات المسلحة وأدلى السفير الدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة، ببيان ذكر فيه أن الأطفال الفلسطينيين يعانون مشاق شديدة من أعمال العدوان والقمع والانتهاكات الجسيمة لحقوق الإنسان التي ترتكبها قوات الإحتلال الإسرائيلي في انتهاك خطير للقانون الدولي، بما في ذلك، في جملة أمور، إتفاقية جنيف الرابعة، وإتفاقية حقوق الطفل، وميثاق الأمم المتحدة، وقرارات مجلس الأمن. وذكر أن قوات الاحتلال تقوم بعمليات قتل وتشويه للأطفال الفلسطينيين. ففي العدوان الإسرائيلي في الصيف الماضي على قطاع غزة قتل ما لا يقل عن 540 طفلا فلسطينيا يشكلون20% من ضحايا هذا العدوان من المدنيين. كما أصيب الآلاف من الأطفال بجروح. بالإضافة إلى تعرض الأطفال في الضفة الغربية المحتلة لإعتداءات وهجمات من قبل قوات الاحتلال والمستوطنين المتطرفين. وتستهدف إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالاحتلال،عمدا المدارس والمستشفيات. وفي عدوانها الأخير على غزة، وعلى الرغم من تلقي الحكومة الإسرائيلية مرارا وتكرارا معلومات دقيقة عن مواقع المستشفيات والمراكز الطبية والمدارس، بما فيها تلك التي كانت إسرائيل تعلم أن العائلات الفلسطينية كانت تحتمي فيها، فقد أصيبت 279 مدرسة و 75 مركز صحي ومستشفى بأضرار بالغة ودمرت السلطة القائمة بالإحتلال بشكل منهجي منازل الفلسطينيين وممتلكاتهم المدنية مما أدى إلى تشريد الآلاف من العائلات. كما أن  إسرائيل تمنع وصول المساعدات الإنسانية للشعب الفلسطيني مما يعرض وضع ورفاه الأطفال الفلسطينيين للخطر. وتفرض إسرائيل منذ عام 2007 حصاراً غير أخلاقي وغير قانوني على أكثر من 1.8 مليون مدني في قطاع غزة مما دمر اقتصادها وبنيتها التحتية، بما في ذلك شبكات المياه. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Security Council Debate on “Children and Armed Conflict”, 25 March 2015:

I thank you for convening today’s debate on children and armed conflict. I also thank Special Representative Leila Zerrougui for her briefing, as well as the UN agencies supporting Palestinian children, including UNICEF and UNRWA.

Mr. President,

 

As the Security Council considers the situation of children in armed conflict around the world, we appeal to the Council not to forget Palestinian children, who are suffering extreme hardship, shocking acts of aggression, oppression, and gross human rights violations due to the Israeli occupation and persistence of this conflict for nearly seventy years.  Israel, the occupying Power, is in continuous, grave breach of international law, including, inter alia, the 4th Geneva Convention, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Charter, and Security Council resolutions. It is without a doubt, that Israel systematically fulfils three of the six criteria used to assess grave violations against children. [Read more…]

Statement by Mrs. Somaia Barghouti, Senior Adviser, the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine, before the Commission on the Status of Women, 59th session, New York, 13 March 2015

Madam Chair,

At the outset, please allow me, on behalf of the delegation of the State of Palestine, to congratulate you on your election to the presidency of this important commission. We wish you and all members of the Bureau all success.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for his report regarding “the Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” (E/CN.6/2015/5), in which the tragic situation of Palestinian women is addressed. The report stated: “expressed deep concern about the grave situation of Palestinian women in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and the critical socioeconomic and humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.” Moreover, it emphasized that: “Restrictions on movement and access, increased settlement expansion and settler violence, demolitions of Palestinian infrastructure and displacement, the fragmentation of the territory and the closure of the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly the Gaza Strip, continue to have a negative gender differentiated impact on the lives of Palestinian women and their families.” My delegation considers this report to be very important however, we would like to express our concern regarding how this tragic situation was portrayed as the result of a conflict between two equal parties, Israel and Palestine, rather than taking into consideration that the Palestinian people have been suffering for more than 48 years under Israel’s illegal colonial military occupation and its oppressive and racist practices. [Read more…]

27 February 2015 – Israeli Attack of Christian Seminary and Rise in Settlement Construction

Excellency,

In follow up to my recent letter regarding the vile terror attacks being committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and properties, I regret to inform you of another attack yesterday on a Christian holy site.  Such vicious attacks, directly aimed at insulting and intimidating Palestinian Muslims and Christians, are inflaming religious sensitivities and tensions and risk instigating the outbreak of a religious war, with all of the grave ramifications in this regard.

Yesterday, 26 February, extremist Israeli settlers set fire to a Christian seminary belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church in the Old City of Occupied East Jerusalem.  Extensive damage was caused by this blatant act of terrorism, including the burning of a school room in the seminary and the spray-painting of hate graffiti about Jesus on the seminary’s walls consisting of vulgar and offensive words that cannot be printed in such a diplomatic correspondence.  This crime comes on the heels of the attack a day earlier on a mosque in the village of Jaba’a in the Bethlehem area, where Israeli settlers also burned the mosque and defiled its walls with graffiti.

Such attacks have been repeatedly perpetrated by gangs of racist, extremist and terrorist Israeli settlers, who have been deliberately transferred to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, by Israel, the occupying Power, in grave breach of international law.  As such, Israel bears ultimate responsibility for the presence of the settlers on our land and for all of their crimes, including all acts of terror. [Read more…]