5 March 2014 – Killing of Gaza Youth, Arrests of Youth and Israeli Report on Settlements

Excellency,

I regret to inform you of the continuing turmoil and deterioration of the situation in the Occupied State of Palestine due to illegal and provocative policies that continue to be pursued by Israel, the occupying Power.

In grave violation of international humanitarian law, namely the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, the occupying Power carried out a military strike yesterday, 4 March, that killed two Palestinians in Beit Hanoun in the north of the besieged Gaza Strip.  Musab Mousa Al-Za’anin (21 years old) died immediately from the missile strike and Sharif Nasser (31 years old) died hours later of injuries he sustained in the attack.   In addition to the killing of these two civilians, the missile attack, which was fired at an orchard adjacent to several houses, injured several civilians, including a seven-year-old girl who remains in critical condition.  The missile attack also seriously damaged homes, some possibly beyond repair, as well as other civilian properties.  [Read more…]

27 February 2014 – Israeli Brutality Against Palestinian Civilians

Excellency,

I regret to inform you of the further escalation of tensions and deterioration of the situation on the ground in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, due to the incessant, systematic brutality and aggression by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people.

Today, the Israeli occupying forces killed another young Palestinian man in a military raid in the pre-dawn hours in the town of Bir Zeit north of Ramallah.  Mo’taz Washaha, age 24, was brutally killed in the raid when the occupying forces besieged the home for approximately six hours and then began arbitrarily firing on it with heavy weaponry, including artillery shells.  The occupying forces claimed that the intention was to once again arrest Washaha, who had been previously imprisoned by Israel. The manner in which this young man was violently pursued and attacked indicates a willful intention to kill by the occupying forces. Moreover, it is yet another testament to the pervasive insecurity and abnormality of life for the Palestinian people, particularly Palestinian males, under Israel’s occupation, including those who have suffered Israeli imprisonment and detention and the abuses and torture rampant in captivity and must live in constant fear of repeated arrest and violence by the Israeli occupying forces. [Read more…]

25 February 2014 – Israeli Provocations at Al-Haram Al-Sharif

Excellency,

I have been instructed by the Government of the State of Palestine to draw your urgent attention to the escalating acts of Israeli aggression, provocation and incitement in Occupied East Jerusalem and particularly at Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which houses the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque. Tensions are dramatically rising as Israel, the occupying Power, persists with hostile and illegal actions at this holy site.  Such actions undermine the extremely fragile situation on the ground, threatening to further inflame religious sensitivities, ignite another cycle of violence and sabotage the peace negotiations currently underway. [Read more…]

20 February 2014 – Continuing Israeli Violations

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 the illegal, provocative policies being carried out by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people. Israel continues to carry out grave violations of international law, ranging from the killing and injury of Palestinian civilians by means of excessive force against unarmed, defenseless civilians; military raids and mass arrests and detentions, including of children; demolitions of Palestinian homes and properties; and incessant provocations and incitement by settlers and Israeli government officials against the Palestinian people. These actions have continued and escalated in the recent period, threatening to further destabilize the already-fragile situation on the ground and to thwart the peace negotiations currently underway. [Read more…]

20 February 2014 – بيان صحفي

بعث السفيرالدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، برسائل متطابقة إلى الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة ورئيس مجلس الأمن (ليتوانيا) ورئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، حول الاضطرابات المستمرة و تدهور الأوضاع في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، وذلك بسبب السياسات الاستفزازية وغير القانونية التي تنتهجها إسرائيل، السلطة القائمة بالاحتلال، ضد الشعب الفلسطيني ذكر فيها أن إسرائيل مستمرة في إرتكاب الانتهاكات الجسيمة للقانون الدولي، من بينها قتل وجرح المدنيين الفلسطينيين عن طريق إستخدام القوة المفرطة ضد المدنيين العزل وشن الغارات العسكرية وحملة الاعتقالات وهدم المنازل والممتلكات الفلسطينية والاستفزازات المتواصلة من قبل المستوطنين الإسرائيليين والتحريض من قبل مسؤولين في الحكومة الاسرائيلية ضد الشعب الفلسطيني. [Read more…]

6 February 2014 – Illegal Israeli Actions

Excellency,

I regret to inform you of the continuing deterioration of the situation in the Occupied State of Palestine due to the illegal, provocative policies that continue to be pursued by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people and their land.

Despite the fact that fragile peace talks are under way, Israel continues to carry out grave violations of international law, ranging from military raids into Palestinian villages and towns, daily arrests and detentions and the injury of Palestinian civilians.  At the same time, the occupying Power persists with its massive colonial settlement campaign throughout the Palestinian land, including in and around East Jerusalem. Israel’s blatant intransigence is being yet again reaffirmed to Palestine and the international community as a whole as such actions clearly indicate an Israeli rejection of relinquishing its status of an occupying Power, of truly ending the occupation of the Palestinian and Arab lands it occupied in June 1967, and of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace agreement. [Read more…]

29 January 2014 – Grave Situation on Palestine Refugees in Yarmouk

Excellency,

I write to convey the grave concerns of the Government of the State of Palestine about the critical humanitarian situation of Palestine refugees in Syria.  I have recently raised this matter before the Security Council, drawing attention to the grave impact of the ongoing conflict on the Palestine refugees in Syria, who continue to suffer death and injury, the destruction of their homes, dispossession, and massive displacement.

Of the 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), more than half have been displaced inside Syria, while an estimated 80,000 have fled to neighboring countries, mainly Lebanon and Jordan, as well as to other countries in the region.  At this time, UNRWA reports that the conflict has overwhelmed most of the refugee camps and almost all Palestine refugees in Syria are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. [Read more…]

28 January 2014 – Statement By Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination in the Cremisan Valley

Excellency,

I have the honor to transmit a statement from the Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination issued today, 28 January 2014, calling for justice to be upheld in the Cremisan Valley, near Bethlehem in the Occupied State of Palestine where Israel, the occupying Power, plans to build its expansionist Wall on the land of 58 Palestinian Christian families, in total disrespect for the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice and the resolutions of the United Nations and in grave breach of international law. [Read more…]

23 January 2014 – More Settlements in the West Bank and Missiles in the Gaza Strip Aggravate Tensions

Excellency,

I regret to inform you of the continuing turmoil and deterioration of the situation in the Occupied State of Palestine due to illegal and provocative policies that continue to be pursued by Israel, the occupying Power.  While serious peace efforts are being undertaken both regionally and internationally to achieve peace and to salvage the two-State solution, Israel instead continues to choose aggression and colonization.  In fact, not a single day has passed since the resumption of peace talks in which the occupying Power has ceased its oppressive and destructive measures threatening to derail the peace talks and threatening to create an environment for violence to erupt and spiral out of control.

 The latest spate of Israeli crimes took place yesterday, Wednesday, 22 January, in the Gaza Strip, an integral part of the State of Palestine, which remains under an oppressive, unlawful blockade.  For the second time in a week, Israeli occupying forces launched military strikes against the Gaza Strip, firing a missile at a car carrying Ahmed Zaanin, 21 years old, and Mahmoud Zaanin, 23 years old, killing them both.  We continue to condemn this illegal practice of extrajudicial executions repeatedly perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, and call for the international community to take measures to ensure accountability for such grave violations of international law and human rights law. [Read more…]

10 January 2014 – Israeli Settlement Activities and Settler Attacks Continue

Excellency,

 At the start of this new year, I am compelled to convey again our serious concerns regarding the illegal Israeli settlement campaign in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which is gravely undermining the contiguity, unity and integrity of the land of the State of Palestine and threatening to make impossible the achievement of the two-State solution for peace on the basis of the pre-1967 borders.  We are at critical juncture and believe that Israel’s continuing flagrant contempt for international law demands urgent attention and responsible action by the international community, aimed at compelling the occupying Power to end all such grave breaches and at salvaging the prospects for a peaceful solution. [Read more…]