19 December 2013 – Killings in the West Bank

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 that continue to be pursued by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people. Despite the fact that peace talks are underway, Israel continues to carry out grave violations of international law, ranging from the killing and injury of Palestinian civilians, military raids and mass arrests as well as continuation of its massive colonial settlement campaign throughout the Occupied State of Palestine.  These actions represent a dangerous escalation that threatens to further destabilize the already-fragile situation and to thwart the current negotiations and serious international efforts being exerted to advance the achievement of a just, comprehensive and lasting peace. [Read more…]

10 December 2013 – Rising Tensions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Excellency,

We are compelled to draw your attention to the continuously rising tensions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory constituting the State of Palestine.

The Israeli occupying forces continue to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians, including against children and including against peaceful demonstrators, causing death and injury and destruction of property.  Moreover, Israel, the occupying Power, has been unrelenting in its pursuit of illegal colonization practices, with settlement and wall construction continuing unabated, and its imposition of collective punishment measures on the Palestinian people.  The negative impact of such Israeli breaches on the situation on the ground is vast, as reflected in the rising tensions, the deteriorating socio-economic conditions, and the deepening pessimism vis-à-vis the potential for the success of the peace negotiations and the viability of the two-State solution.  Day after day, rather than engendering trust and confidence in the political process, as Israel continues to raise serious doubts regarding its true intentions, undermining the process and compounding skepticism and anger among the Palestinian people. [Read more…]

27 November 2013 – Israeli Violations and Rising Tensions

Excellency,

We are compelled to draw the attention of the international community to the ongoing violations of international law being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory that constitutes the State of Palestine.  These violations continue to negatively impact and prejudice the situation on the ground, to cause suffering and hardship for the Palestinian people, to inflame tensions between the two sides, and to undermine the resumed negotiations and peace efforts. [Read more…]

13 November 2013 – Israeli Settlement Activities Sabotage 2-State Solution and Peace

Excellency,

I am compelled to draw your urgent attention to the critical situation both on the ground and in the status of the recently resumed peace negotiations.  The prospects for realizing a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, on the basis of the two-State solution enshrined in relevant United Nations resolutions and on which there is an international consensus, are being deliberately sabotaged by Israel’s illegal and reckless settlement campaign in the Occupied State of Palestine.

Yesterday, 12 November, the Israeli NGO Peace Now exposed plans by Israel, the occupying Power, to construct more than 20,000 new settlement units, including in the so-called “E1” area, according to tenders provocatively announced by the Government’s Housing Ministry.  This massive settlement expansion, which would result in transfer of an exponential number of Israeli settlers – in addition to the more than half a million settlers already illegally transferred by Israel to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the territory that constitutes the State of Palestine – is a stark indication of Israel’s total contempt for international law, United Nations resolutions and the international consensus demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement activities. [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.

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20 September 2013 – Reality on the Ground in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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Excellency,

I write to convey our serious concerns regarding the fragile situation on the ground as a result of the continued pursuit by Israel, the occupying Power, of illegal policies against the Palestinian people and their land.  Over the past weeks, while the international community has patiently awaited confirmation of tangible progress in the resumed negotiations between the two sides, tensions have continued to rise following several negative developments that are widening the gap between the hopes and expectations for the political process and the reality on the ground.  Israeli settlement activities, the blockade of the Gaza Strip, military raids and constant provocations, including incitement to religious conflict by extremist Israeli settlers, are exacerbating conditions on the ground and reinforcing doubts regarding Israel’s desire for or commitment to the peace that the State of Palestine, with the strong support of the international community, has been earnestly seeking and remains committed to achieving. [Read more…]

26 August 2013 Terrorizing Raid Kills Civilians and Illegal Settlements Press On Pausing Peace Negotiations

Excellency,

It is with great sadness that I draw your attention to the terrorizing actions by the Israeli occupying forces being committed against the Palestinian civilian population, especially with regard to today’s killings of Palestinian civilians, in Qalandiya refugee camp. Additionally, it is with deep dismay that we have learned of the approval of more illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the area constituting the State of Palestine. Israel, the occupying Power, has yet again, arrogantly and spitefully, taken unilateral actions jeopardizing the prospects for peace at this critical juncture in the negotiating process where the international community has witnessed once again Israel’s policy of occupation, death and destruction rather than upholding international law. [Read more…]

23 August 2013 – Israeli Settlement Expansion and Other International Law Violations Threaten Prospects for Peace

Excellency,

Despite the efforts aimed at salvaging the two-State solution and reviving negotiations Israel, the occupying Power, continues its illegal settlement activities throughout the land of the State of Palestine and continues other provocative and illegal actions that signal yet again Israel’s rejection of the path of peace and its stratagem for occupation, annexation and domination of the Palestinian people. Illegal actions by the Israeli occupying forces and extremist Israeli settlers continue to highlight Israel’s true stance regarding the two-State solution and its infinite attempts to squander it.

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13 August 2013- Continuation of the Israeli Settlement Campaign

Excellency,

Regrettably, Israel, the occupying Power, has continued its illegal settlement activities throughout the land of the State of Palestine, confirming to the international community yet again Israel’s rejection of the path of peace, and confirming its desire to maintain the status as an occupying Power. Settlement activities have continued since the parties reached an agreement to resume negotiations after extensive efforts by the international community, particularly the United States, which were announced in Washington on 30 July 2013. [Read more…]