19 May 2016 – Palestine Letter on Jerusalem Panel in Israeli Exhibit at the UN

Excellency,

I write to you today regarding an issue that has been already raised by the Chairs of the Arab Group and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on behalf of their Member States, respectively in letters conveyed on 18 May 2016 to Your Excellency, about the display of a panel depicting Occupied East Jerusalem as “The Spiritual and Physical Capital of the Jewish People” as part of a larger provocative Israeli exhibit at the United Nations in New York.

While we had hoped that the collective, multilateral approach undertaken by the Arab Group and the OIC would have resulted in rectification of the situation, it regrettably has not as of today, obliging us to once again draw your attention to the matter, to express our vehement rejection of such a depiction, and to reiterate the calls made by the Arab Group and the OIC for the removal of the said provocative panel on Jerusalem.  We must add that any references to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which purport to assert Israeli sovereignty on this land, must also be removed from the exhibit. [Read more…]

16 May 2016 – Anniversary of Al-Nakba

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Yesterday, 15 May 2016, marked the passage of 68 years since Al-Nakba, the tragedy in 1948 in which more than 800,000 Palestinians, 70 percent of our people, were forcibly uprooted and expelled from their homes and lands or fled in fear for their lives after brutal massacres were carried out in over 400 Palestinian towns and villages by Zionist terrorist groups in Mandate Palestine in a clear act of ethnic cleansing. On this solemn occasion, the Palestinian people reflect on their past and their present with sadness and sorrow as they continue to suffer and struggle for the realization of their inalienable human rights, including their right to self-determination. [Read more…]

28 April 2016 – Extrajudicial Executions of Maram and her Brother Ismail

Palestine Letters GENERALExcellency,

Once again, we write to Your Excellency to address the critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, as a result of the grave breaches of international humanitarian and human rights laws being committed by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people it continues to hold hostage to its nearly five-decade military occupation. We continue to call on the international community, especially the Security Council, to uphold its obligations to respect and ensure respect of international law in order to immediately halt all Israeli violations against the Palestinian people and their land and to take the necessary measures to prevent the situation from deteriorating even further. [Read more…]

15 April 2016 – Illegal Israeli Settlements

Palestine Letter 4.15.16Excellency,

As the Security Council is set to hold yet another open debate next week to discuss the “Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine question”, one characteristic remains the same, Israel, the occupying Power, continues to flagrantly flout international law and violate the inalienable and most basic human rights of the Palestinian people under its occupation throughout the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, with total impunity.  In particular, one feature of the occupation that has gone unchanged over the nearly five decades of occupation is that the occupying Power has continued to illegally confiscate and colonize  Palestinian land in grave breach of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, as well as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Despite the widespread condemnations and calls by the international community to reverse and halt its building of settlements on the territory it illegally occupies, the occupying Power, before the eyes of the world, continues to carry on and openly persist with this war crime.  This has been the case both during the time of the so-called peace process, in which the Palestinian people witnessed Israel’s extremist settler population nearly triple, or in times of conflict and unrest. The recent period has been no different.  In fact, according to the Israeli organization, Peace Now, the building of illegal Israeli settlements was up by 250 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year.  [Read more…]

8 April 2016 – Homes Demolitions

 

Excellency,

I have written nearly on weekly basis to draw international attention to the critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the territory that constitutes the State of Palestine.  In each letter, we have underscored our grave concerns about the breaches of international humanitarian and human rights laws being committed by Israel, the occupying Power, which are inflicting widespread human suffering and deliberately destabilizing and inflaming the situation on the ground.

In each letter we have called on the international community, especially the Security Council, to uphold the obligations to respect and ensure respect of international law and to determine the necessary measures to compel Israel to end its war crimes and human rights violations against the Palestinian people in order to alleviate the suffering, stem the deterioration of the situation and salvage the prospects for peace.  Regrettably, the Security Council has not upheld its obligations despite the clear consensus of positions by the international community on both the illegality of Israel’s policies and practices against the Palestinian people as well as the urgency of bringing an end to this decades-long conflict so that the Palestinian people can finally realize the freedom, rights and justice they have for too long been tragically denied.   [Read more…]

30 March 2016 – Israeli Extrajudicial Killings of Palestinians

Excellency,

We write today to reiterate our strong condemnation of Israel, the occupying Power’s, campaign of murder and aggression, in particular its continued practice of extrajudicial killings against Palestinian civilians, particularly youth, held captive under its brutal occupation in the State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem. While Israel’s illegal policy of extrajudicial killings, most carried out execution-style, have been incessant throughout its nearly five-decade-long occupation, this illegal practice has been on rise since October 2015 when the occupying Power stepped up its aggression against the Palestinian people. Such unlawful attacks, which amount to war crimes and indicate an abject disdain for the worth of Palestinian lives, have further ignited an already extremely tense situation on the ground. [Read more…]

22 March 2016 – Israeli Settlement Expansion and Settler Terror

Excellency,

I regret to inform you that the situation in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, continues to deteriorate as Israel, the occupying Power, continues with its illegal and provocative practices, which includes its settlement colonization enterprise, which brings with it the element of a racist, radical and violent settler population numbering 650,000, that has been illegally transferred to the occupied territory by the occupying Power and that continues to attack Palestinian civilians with barbarity and with the military protection of Israeli occupying forces.

The occupying Power also persists with all of its other policies and measures that are in violation of international law with complete impunity.  This includes the killing and injuring of innocent Palestinian civilians, among them women and children, as well as collective punishment measures against the entire Palestinian population living under Israel’s military occupation.  Such illegal policies and measures are exacerbating the volatile situation on the ground and heightening tensions between the two sides, with dangerous ramifications. [Read more…]

10 March 2016 – Israeli Pretexts for Continuing Crimes against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

I am compelled to draw your attention to the very unstable situation in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem, due to the ongoing breaches of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, by Israel, the occupying Power.  The persistence and intensity of such illegal actions seem to leave little doubt that Israel has interpreted the international community’s continued inaction as a signal that it can continue with its illegal occupation and crimes against the Palestinian people without consequence.   [Read more…]

4 March 2016 – Israel’s Sheer Brutality and Crimes against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

Once again, we are compelled to draw attention to the systematic violations of international law, including humanitarian law and human rights law that are being perpetrated against the Palestinian people by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.  The failure of the international community, particularly the United Nations Security Council, to seriously and effectively address these violations to end the suffering of the Palestinian people and end Israel’s impunity and hold it accountable for the crimes of its military occupation has undoubtedly emboldened the occupying Power, as reflected in its intensifying violations and illegal policies that we continue to document and bring before the international community. [Read more…]

26 February 2016 – On Al-Qiq Condition and Israeli Crimes

Protection Card1Excellency,

It is with great urgency that we continue to write to Your Excellency regarding the  deteriorating political, humanitarian, security and socio-economic situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, due to the ongoing illegal policies and practices of Israel, the occupying Power.

In this regard I once again draw your attention to the arbitrary detention of Palestinian journalist Mohammed Al-Qiq, age 33, who is now in the 94th day of a hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention by Israel, the occupying Power, without charge. Doctors who are observing the health of Mr. Al-Qiq are anticipating his death at any moment as they have reported that his body has now collapsed and that he is unable to speak. It must be recalled that Mr. Al-Qiq is one of 530 Palestinians who continue to be held without charge or trial in an Israeli prison or detention center and it should be noted that this number is just a fraction of the total number of over 6000 Palestinians who are currently incarcerated by the occupying Power.   Today, media reports have emerged that an agreement has been reached to put an end to Mr. Al-Qiq’s administrative detention. In this regard, we call on the international community to intervene and to call on the occupying Power to immediately release Mr. Al-Qiq as well as the other Palestinian prisoners and detainees, including those who continue to be held without charge or trial.  [Read more…]