30 December 2014 – Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before the United Nations Security Council, Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question

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Mr. President,

I come before the Security Council on behalf of the leadership of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian people, a long-suffering, yet proud and dignified people, who remain steadfast and fully committed to the achievement of their inalienable rights, justice and their legitimate national aspirations, including to self-determination, freedom and independence, and who remain committed to the pursuit of political, diplomatic, peaceful and non-violent means for the achievement of these objectives, for which there is overwhelming and longstanding global support.

Mr. President,

We have endured the passage of yet another year that has inflicted on the Palestinian people more loss and tragedy and the deterioration of the situation on all fronts due to the illegal, destructive and oppressive actions of Israel, the occupying Power.  It has been a year that has witnessed the breakdown of yet another political process – despite the genuine efforts of the United States with the full support of the League of Arab States and all other major stakeholders, and the good faith efforts and cooperation of Palestine – and the deepening of another political impasse due to brazen Israeli intransigence, creating a totally unsustainable situation, roundly acknowledged by all. [Read more…]

5 January 2015 – Israeli Theft of Palestinian Tax Revenues

Excellency,

As a new year has begun, the Palestinian people and their leadership continue to face an unrelenting barrage of repressive, illegal and destructive measures by Israel, the occupying Power.

In addition to its ongoing colonization of the State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, gross human rights violations, seizure and destruction of homes and properties, arrest and detention of thousands of civilians, and inhumane blockade on more than 1.8 million of our people in the Gaza Strip, Israel, the occupying Power, has now also resumed the theft of Palestinian tax revenues in direct retaliation for the legitimate, peaceful steps taken by the Palestinian leadership in the pursuit of justice and for the purpose of protecting the Palestinian people and advancing the realization of their rights, including to self-determination and freedom. [Read more…]

24 December 2014 – Gaza Killing and New Settlement Announcement

Excellency,

I regret to inform you of the continuing turmoil and deterioration of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, due to illegal and provocative policies that continue to be pursued by Israel, the occupying Power. These illegal policies continue to negatively impact the situation on the ground, to cause suffering and hardship for the Palestinian people, in particular in the Gaza Strip, and threaten to re-ignite another cycle of violence which must be avoided at all costs.

In this regard, I wish to bring to your attention, yet again, the deteriorating and critical situation in the Gaza Strip where the more than 1.8 million Palestinians living there continue to live under an oppressive, unlawful blockade and are still reeling from the effects of the massive human devastation and physical destruction caused by the criminal Israeli military aggression against Gaza this past summer. In addition to this, they are now bearing witness to recent Israeli military attacks, against the Gaza Strip in grave violation of the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. [Read more…]

19 December 2014 – بيان صحفي

نيويورك، 19 كانون اول- ديسمبر 2014

بيان صحفي

بعث السفير د. رياض منصور المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الامم المتحدة بثلاث رسائل متطابقة لكل من رئيس مجلس الأمن “تشاد”، والأمين العام للامم المتحدة السيد بان كي مون ورئيس الجمعية العامة، احاطهم علما بالانتهاكات التي ارتكبتها اسرائيل في الارض الفلسطينية المحتلة بما فيها القدس الشرقية منذ اخر رسالة كان قد بعثها إبان استشهاد الوزير زياد ابو عين، وفيها اكد فيها على ضرورة ان يتحمل مجلس الأمن مسئولياته كاملة وفق ميثاق الامم المتحدة في حفظ السلم والامن الدوليين وان عليه ان يلعب دوراً فاعلاً في تخفيف حدة التوتر وإنقاذ حل الدولتين على أساس حدود الرابع من حزيران عام 1967، وأن يساهم في فتح افاق لحل سياسي جدي يحصل الشعب الفلسطيني من خلاله على حقوقة العادلة على قاعدة انهاء الاحتلال الاسرائيلي الذي بدأ في العام 1967، وتجسيد سيادة دولة فلسطين على ارضها وعاصمتها القدس الشرقية، وحل عادل لقضية اللاجئيين الفلسطينين على اساس قرار 194 وحلول عادلة لبقية القضايا الاخرى، موضحا ان شلل مجلس الامن في المسالة الفلسطيينية هو الذي يشجع اسرائيل على استمرارها في انتهاك القانون الدولي، والقانون الدولي الانساني وبارتكباها لجرائم ترقى لجرائم حرب، وان هذا الشلل يساعد في زيادة التوتر ويرفع حدة الغضب سيما بعد استشهاد الوزير زياد ابو عين، وهو ما يستوجب منا ان نلفت نظر المجتمع الدولي لشدة خطورته [Read more…]

19 December 2014 – بيان صحفي

19 ديسمبر 2014

بيـــان صحفــــي

الأمم المتحدة تعتمد بأغلبية ساحقة قرار السيادة الدائمة للشعب الفلسطيني على موارده الطبيعية

إعتمدت الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، وبأغلبية ساحقة، مشروع قرار بعنوان ” السيادة الدائمة للشعب الفلسطيني في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، وللسكان العرب في الجولان السوري المحتل على مواردهم الطبيعية.” وقد صوتت (165) دولة لصالح القرار، بينما عارضته (6) دول ( إسرائيل، الولايات المتحدة، كندا، بالاو، ميكرونيزيا، جزر المارشال) وإمتنعت (9) دول عن التصويت ( استراليا، الكميرون، هندوراس، كيريباتي، ملاوي، بنما، بابوا غينيا الجديدة، باراغواى، تونغا)

ويعيد القرار التأكيد على الحقوق غير القابلة للتصرف للشعب الفلسطيني على موارده الطبيعية، بما فيها الأرض والمياه، ويعترف بحقه في المطالبة بالتعويض نتيجة لإستغلال موارده الطبيعية وإتلافها أو ضياعها أو إستنفاذها أو تعريضها للخطر بأي شكل من الأشكال بسبب التدابير غير المشروعة التي تتخذها إسرائيل, السلطة القائمة بالإحتلال، في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، من خلال بناء المستوطنات وتشييد الجدار، والتي تشكل انتهاكا خطيرا للقانون الدولي وفتوى محكمة العدل الدولية وقرارات الأمم المتحدة ذات الصلة. [Read more…]

19 December 2014 – Deteriorating Situation in Palestine- International Responsibility

Excellency,

As the situation in Occupied Palestine, including in East Jerusalem, continues to deteriorate and tensions continue to dangerously rise as a result of the illegal actions and provocations being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, and its extremists settlers against the defenseless Palestinian people, the Palestinian leadership continues to appeal to the international community to uphold its responsibilities to address this grave injustice and to give hope to the Palestinian people that their suffering under this illegitimate, immoral occupation will soon end and that they will soon realize their inalienable human rights, including their right to self-determination and freedom.

We continue in specific our appeals to the Security Council to uphold its responsibilities in this regard and urge that action be taken on the draft resolution currently before the Council, S/2014/916 of 17 December 2014.  The Security Council must act, based on its Charter duty to maintain international peace and security and based on its relevant resolutions, to contribute to diffusing this volatile situation, to salvaging the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders and the prospects for peace, and to promoting a credible political horizon for the pursuit of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace agreement that will bring an end to the Israeli occupation since 1967, achieve the independence of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, ensure a just solution for the Palestine refugee question in accordance with resolution 194 (III), and just solutions to all other core final status issues between the two sides. [Read more…]

نيويورك، الاثنين 15 ديسمبر – كانون اول 2014

خبر صحفي

كلمة فلسطين في اجتماع جمعية الدول الأطراف في نظام روما الأساسي للمحكمة الجنائية الدولية

واصلت الجمعية العامة للدول الاطراف في نظام روما الاساسي للمحكمة الجنائية الدولية اجتماعاتها هذا اليوم في مقر الامم المتحدة بنيويورك وقد  ترأس وفد فلسطين في اجتماع اليوم السفير د. رياض منصور المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الامم المتحدة.

السفير منصور وفي كلمته للمجتمعين تناول أهمية الدعوة التي وجهت لفلسطين لحضور هذا الاجتماع  كدولة مراقبة لأول مرة، مقدما الشكر للمجتمعين باسم الشعب الفلسطيني وقيادته، ومؤكدا لهم أنها لحظة خاصة جدا بالنسبة للفلسطينين وقيادتهم وان هناك إجماع أكيد من قبل الشعب الفلسطيني ومؤسساته السياسية وقيادتة ايضا للانضمام للمحكمة الجنائية الدولية، وأن
توقيت هذا الانضمام سيكون بيد القيادة الفلسطينية كما سبق وأن أعلن السيد الرئيس محمود عباس. [Read more…]

15 December 2014 – Statement by Ambassador Riyad Mansour before the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (thirteenth session), General Debate, New York

Mr. President,

I would like to wish you warm congratulations on your election as President of the Assembly of States Parties and would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to the outgoing President, Ambassador Tina Intelmann, for her hard work and dedication over the past three years. I also wish to thank the outgoing judges for their expertise and contributions to the Court and to the international community and congratulate the newly elected judges.

Mr. President,

It is a very special moment for the State of Palestine as we were invited to participate in this meeting under rule 94 as an observer State for the first time.  On behalf of the Palestinian people and their leadership, we are profoundly grateful for this invitation and we have listened very closely to each statement made, from the opening session and throughout the General Debate. The collective messages being conveyed by States Parties and observers, including with regard to combating impunity, upholding justice, defending human rights and institutionalizing complementarity, have been resounding, heard loud and clear. The importance of universality of the Rome Statute and the call to States that have not ratified the Rome Statute and joined the International Criminal Court was heard even louder. In this regard, it should be noted that there is in fact a consensus among the Palestinian people, their political organizations and their leadership to join the ICC. The time to join will be decided by our leadership at an appropriate time. We may very well be the 123rd State Party to join the ICC.

Mr. President,

We view the ICC as the international legal and peaceful mechanism to combat impunity and seek accountability and justice.  It is the Court where the Palestinian people desire to seek justice for the war crimes and crimes against humanity being perpetrated against them by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.  If crimes are being committed against our people and we are unable to prosecute the criminals, isn’t the ICC the correct place to go to? If the Rome Statute states that “the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies,” is a war crime, then, in the case of illegal Israeli settlements and settlers in our occupied land, isn’t it logical to go to the ICC so as to prosecute and bring an end to this ongoing war crime and to prosecute this continuing crime? When more than 500 Palestinian children are mercilessly killed and more than 3000 are injured in 50 days by the occupying Power during its aggression against the southern part of the occupied State of Palestine in the Gaza Strip, shouldn’t these crimes be prosecuted and those responsible for committing them be punished?  When entire Palestinian families have been killed by the occupying Power and their family tree will literally no longer grow, shouldn’t these crimes be prosecuted in the ICC? [Read more…]

10 December 2014 – Murder of Minister Ziad Abu Ein

Excellency,

The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which constitutes the State of Palestine, regrettably continues to gravely deteriorate due to the oppressive, violent practices, that Israel, the occupying Power, continues to inflict on the Palestinian people in violation of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law.

In this connection, I have been instructed to convey to Your Excellency that at midday today (Palestine time) Israeli occupying forces continued with its practice of excessive use of force and murdered Minister and Head of the Commission against the Wall and colonization, Ziad Abu Ein.  Minister Abu Ein along with approximately 150 peaceful activists had set out to plant olive trees on Palestinian land that is further being threatened by nearby illegal Israeli settlements, near the villages of Al-Mughayer and Turmus Aya in the Ramallah district of the Occupied West Bank. The peaceful protest was timed to mark International Human Rights Day and was attended by many international peace activists, including activists from an Israeli human rights group.  [Read more…]

8 December 2014 – بيان صحفي

خبر صحفي

بصفتها دولة مراقبة فلسطين ستحضر اجتماعات الجمعية العامة لمحكمة الجنايات الدولية

منصور، خطوة أخرى تقربنا لأخذ مجرمي الحرب للجنائة الدولية

إجتمعت صباح هذا اليوم في المقر الرئيسي للامم المتحدة بنيويورك الجمعية العامة للدول الاطراف في المحكمة الجنائية الدولية وقد اقرت في هذا الاجتماع وتحت البند 94 من بنود المسائل الاجرائية الموافقة على حضور فلسطين ومشاركتها في كافة اجتماعات الجمعية العامة هذه بصفتها دولة مراقبة بعد ان كانت تحضرها ككيان مراقب مما يعني ان دولة فلسطين هي دولة مقبوله ومعترف بها من قبل هذه الجمعية يذكر ان فلسطين هي دولة غير عضو بالمحكمة الجنائية الدولية وغير موقعه على اتفاقية روما، [Read more…]