Statement by Ms. Reem Julia Mansour, Esq., Legal Adviser, before the Sixth Committee, Agenda item 84: The rule of law at the national and international levels, 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 7 October 2016. 

Distinguished delegates,

My delegation aligns itself with the statement made by the Islamic Republic of Iran on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Over the last few years, the State of Palestine has extremely developed on the legal front, taking major strides through its accession to around 50 international legal instruments. Palestine’s decision to accede to these important international treaties and conventions is rooted in our understanding of the value and significance of the rule of law at the national and international levels. Ensuring equal access to justice for all is essential for translating the principles of the rule of law into effective mechanisms to provide protection, redress and accountability for serious crimes and human rights violations. [Read more…]

20 September 2016 – Letter on Israeli Killing of Palestinian Civilians


I am compelled to draw your attention to the very fragile, unstable situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the Territory that constitutes the State of Palestine – due to the continued illegal policies and practices being pursued by Israel, the occupying Power, in grave breach of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, and in blatant disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians held hostage under its occupation. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Dr.Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, before the UN Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, United Nations General Assembly, 19 September 2016, New York

Excellency Mr. Peter Thompson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly,

Excellency Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th Session of the General Assembly,

Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Excellencies Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Ambassadors

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored and humbled to join you today in this important Summit as the representative of the Palestinian people, a people whose majority population is comprised of refugees, constituting nearly a quarter of the world’s refugee population, over 40% of the globe’s long-term refugees, and the most protracted refugee crisis in contemporary history. [Read more…]

8 September 2016 – Critical Condition of Hunger-Striking Prisoners


I write to alert you to the grave situation and continuously rising tensions in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, as a result of Israel’s relentless provocations and illegal actions against the Palestinian people. On a daily basis, the occupying Power persists with its grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, which are exacerbating the humanitarian situation  on the ground, intensifying the hardships faced by the Palestinian people and diminishing any hope to achieve peace based on the two-State solution.

Today, we bring your immediate attention to the critical situation of Palestinian political prisoners illegally imprisoned and detained by Israel. Thousands of Palestinians, among them women and children, continue to be held in deplorable conditions and subjected to grave human rights violations. In particular, I must underscore the plight of three hunger-striking prisoners risking their lives in a peaceful, non-violent protest of their detention without charge.  In this regard, Malik Al-Qadi, age 20, and brothers, Mohammed, age 25,  and Mahmoud Al-Balboul,, age 21, have been on a continuous hunger strike for more than 67 days and are almost facing inevitable death after being neglected and treated inhumanely by Israeli occupation authorities.  [Read more…]

2 September 2016 – Israeli Colonization Continues Further Eroding the Two-State Solution

Palestine Letters GENERAL FINALExcellency,

It is with grave concern that I write to draw your attention to the current situation in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, where the Palestinian people are deeply suffering from Israel’s nearly 50-year illegal foreign occupation. With each passing day Israel, the occupying Power, accelerates its illegal settlement campaign and strategic and systematic home demolitions further confirming its true intentions to maintain its occupation of Palestine and to construct and expand illegal settlements and annex Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. This colonization campaign is in clear breach of international law and in absolute defiance of the international community’s strong condemnations. They are also in complete contradiction of the two-State solution based on the pre-1967 borders and are further dimming the prospects for peace. [Read more…]

بيان صحفي

بعث السفير الدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة، بثلاث رسائل متطابقة الى كل من الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة ورئيس مجلس الأمن (ماليزيا) ورئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة حول تدهورالوضع في دولة فلسطين المحتلة  بشكل يومي واستمرار معاناة السكان المدنيين الفلسطينيين نتيجة تصعيد إسرائيل إجراءاتها العقابية وغير القانونية بما في ذلك هجماتها ضد قطاع غزة المحاصر وأنشطتها الاستيطانية المستمرة في جميع أنحاء الضفة الغربية المحتلة، بما في ذلك القدس الشرقية، ذكر فيها أن المدنيين الفلسطينيين الأبرياء، بمن فيهم النساء والأطفال، يتعرضون يشكل مستمر للقتل والاصابات من قبل قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي  مشيرا الى العدوان الإسرائيلي  الأخير يوم، الأحد، 21 أغسطس، عندما قامت قوات الاحتلال بشن اكثر من 50 غارة  على شمال قطاع غزة، مما اسفر عن اصابة أربعة فلسطينيين على الأقل، بينهم شاب يبلغ من العمر 17 عاما، وتسببت في حالة من الذعر والرعب على نطاق واسع ل 1.8 مليون مدني فلسطيني يعيشون في حالة من البؤس تحت حصار إسرائيلي لاإنساني وغير أخلاقي يدخل الآن عامه العاشر مؤثرا بشكل خطيرعلى كل جانب من جوانب الحياة  الفلسطينية وعلى الأوضاع الإنسانية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية والنفسية للمدنيين في قطاع غزة. وطالب منصور  المجتمع الدولي، بما في ذلك مجلس الأمن، اتخاذ إجراءات جادة لوضع حد للحصار الإسرائيلي الجائر المفروض على قطاع غزة ووقف الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية ضد  السكان المدنيين هناك  [Read more…]

23 August 2016 – Israeli Colonization in Al-Khalil and Attacks against Gaza

160823 Palestine LettersExcellency,

The situation in the Occupied State of Palestine continues to deteriorate daily and the Palestinian civilian population continues to suffer immensely as Israel intensifies its unlawful punitive measures and actions, including in connection with its attacks against the besieged Gaza Strip and its ongoing settlement activities throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. As innocent Palestinian civilians, including women and children, continue to be killed and injured with impunity by the Israeli occupying forces, collective punishment measures are being simultaneously imposed against the entire Palestinian population, deepening the collective suffering and exacerbating the volatile situation on the ground. [Read more…]

18 August 2016 – Israeli Colonization and Repression Campaign Escalates


160818 Palestine LetterIt is with regret that I must draw your attention to the ongoing misery and hardships being endured by the Palestinian people, who continue to suffer the injustice and indignity of Israel’s illegal foreign occupation.  Tensions are surging as Israel, the occupying Power, presses on with its campaign of repression against Palestinian civilians in tandem with its destructive and gluttonous colonization campaign, both with grave consequences on our people and the prospects for peace. [Read more…]

27 July 2016 – New Illegal Israeli Settlements

160727 Palestine Letters FINALExcellency,

I regret to inform Your Excellency that conditions in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, are worsening as Israel, the occupying Power, continues its illegal and provocative practices, including in connection with its settlement activities and collective punishment of the Palestinian people.

In grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, notably Article 49 and Article 33, Israel persists with its colonization of the Palestinian land, the confiscation and destruction of Palestinian property, and forced displacement of Palestinian civilians. The cumulative effect is one of increased humanitarian suffering, frustration and hopelessness threatening to further destabilize the already perilous situation on the ground. [Read more…]

22 July 2016: Continued Israeli Violations Against the Palestinian People

Excellency,160722 Palestine Letter

It has been one month since our last letter regarding the situation in the occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem. Regrettably, the situation continues to deteriorate further and the Palestinian people, particularly the children and youth, continue to suffer the gravest of consequences as a result of Israel’s nearly 50-year illegal belligerent foreign military occupation. With each passing day, violation after violation is committed against the entire Palestinian population by Israel, the occupying Power, and the very party with the legal obligation to protect it. These ongoing violations are in stark breach of international law, humanitarian law and human rights law and contrary to international norms and morality. With every violation committed against the Palestinian people by Israeli occupying forces hope dwindles and a peaceful reality becomes more distant. [Read more…]