Statement by Ambassador Riyad Mansour at the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on “Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict”, 19 January 2016, New York:

Mr. President,

We congratulate Uruguay on its membership to the Security Council and presidency this month and for convening this important debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

Mr. President,

We meet at a critical moment witnessing the immense suffering of millions of civilians in conflicts around the world, particularly in the Middle East, where civilians are bearing the highest toll of armed conflict in all forms, including foreign occupation. As noted in various reports, deliberate targeting and indiscriminate attacks on civilians characterize many of today’s conflicts, resulting in vast civilian casualties, displacement and suffering, and direct attacks on humanitarian personnel and facilities and access restrictions impair the ability to help and protect those in most need.  This toll has compelled the largest movement of refugees since World War II with grave humanitarian, social, economic, psychological and security consequences for the children, women and men whose fate it is to become a refugee, as well as consequences for the countries in conflict, receiving countries and the international community as a whole. [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, before the UNGA, Agenda Item 73 (b): “Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: Assistance to the Palestinian people”, 10 December 2015

Mr. President,

I am honored to deliver the statement of the delegation of the State of Palestine on this important agenda item on the strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance, in specific with regard to assistance to the Palestinian people.

Today, I renew our appreciation to Secretary-General Ban-Ki moon and his team for the report on “Assistance to the Palestinian people” (document A/70/76-E/2015/57), assessing the humanitarian and developmental support received by the Palestinian people and Government and its effective impact over the past year.  It has been a year that again witnessed the deterioration of the situation on all fronts, humanitarian and socio-economic as well as political and security, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, compounding the hardships being endured by the Palestinian civilian population living under Israel’s occupation, giving rise to even greater need and making international humanitarian assistance all the more imperative. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the General Assembly Debate on Agenda Item: 16 “Culture of Peace”, 3 December 2015, New York

Mr. President,

Peace is impossible in the absence of respect for international law.  Peace is impossible in the absence of respect for human rights. Peace is impossible in the absence of freedom. Peace is impossible in the absence of respect for our common humanity and inherent dignity.  These are harsh facts reaffirmed every single day in the international community, as we witness the many dilemmas and challenges plaguing our world today and preventing the flourishing of a genuine global culture of peace. [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Nadya Rasheed, First Counsellor, before the Third Committee, 70th session, on Agenda Item 72(c): Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, 4 November 2015

At the outset, allow me on behalf of the Palestinian people to express our appreciation for the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Mr. Makarim Wibisono.  It is deplorable that after a year of his appointment and despite Israeli assurances when the SR was appointed, that he has been obstructed, from fully carrying out his mandate.  Israel must be reminded that such cooperation is a fundamental legal obligation incident to membership in the organization. Such non-cooperation by Israel should not be allowed to continue and we call for the necessary action to be taken by the UN to remedy this grievous situation and bring Israel into compliance. [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Nadya Rasheed, First Counsellor, before the Third Committee, Agenda item 70 (a): Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, 70TH Session of the UNGA, New York, 4 November 2015

As this Committee discusses the important issue of the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, the Palestinian people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continue to suffer from an increased level of all of the above.  Mr. Chair, since 1967, the occupying Power has institutionalized racism and discrimination in its most barbaric form, which is a prolonged foreign military occupation with elements of colonialism and apartheid.  The most glaring example of this has been the occupying Power’s illegal attempt to Judaize the Occupied West Bank, in particular in East Jerusalem, by transferring nearly 600,000 Israeli settlers to over 150 Israeli settlements built on confiscated Palestinian land in grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court which classifies settlement building as a war crime. [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Nadya Rasheed, First Counsellor, before the Third Committee, Agenda item 71: Right of Peoples to Self-Determination, 70th Session of the UNGA, 3 November 2015

The right of peoples to self-determination is founded on the principle that human beings are the holders of given and inalienable rights- rights that allow them to determine their own destinies and future. But, for the Palestinian people living in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, the right to self-determination only exists as a principle as this right over the past five decades continues to be forcefully withheld and trampled on in the most brutal and inhuman manner by Israel, the occupying Power.  [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador, before the UNGA, Agenda Item 38: Question of Palestine, Agenda Item 37: Situation in the Middle East, 23 November 2015, New York:

Mr. President,

I am honored to address the General Assembly in this important debate and on this day of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – the 38th observance of this solemn day since the Assembly proclaimed it in 1977. I reaffirm the gratitude of the Palestinian people and Government for the support to the just cause of Palestine from every corner of the globe and for the moving expressions of solidarity for our people today and through the long decades of their plight.

We renew our appreciation to the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which for 40 years has exerted efforts in support of the Palestinian people’s rights and national aspirations to live in freedom, peace, and security in their homeland. We thank Ambassador Fode Seck of Senegal for his skilled chairing of the Committee and introducing the draft resolutions on the “Question of Palestine”. We also thank the Rapporteur, Ambassador Christopher Grima of Malta, for presenting the annual report, and thank the other Bureau members – Afghanistan, Cuba, Indonesia, Namibia and Nicaragua – along with all of the Committee Members and Observers for their principled, strong support. We also thank the Division for Palestinian Rights and DPI Special Information Programme on Palestine for their efforts and support to the Committee in the past year. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas President of the State of Palestine Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 23 November 2015:

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

H.E Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly,

H.E. Mr. Matthew Rycroft, President of the Security Council,

H.E. Mr. Fodé Seck, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I wish to convey to you greetings from the State of Palestine and the Palestinian people to all of our friends around the world participating in the commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. We commemorate this occasion, two months after we all participated in the momentous ceremony that took place in the Rose Garden at the United Nations to raise the flag of the State of Palestine. We are proud that, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and in other UN offices, the flag of the State of Palestine is flying alongside the flags of the countries of the world. [Read more…]

Statement by Ambassador Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee), Agenda Item 55: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, 11 November 2015:

Mr. Chair,

At the outset, I convey Palestine’s deep appreciation to the members of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories – Ambassador Amrith Rohan Perera of Sri Lanka, Chair of the Committee, Ambassador Ramlan Bin Ibrahim of Malaysia and Minister Counsellor Aboubacar Sadikh Barry of Senegal. We thank them for their efforts in upholding the Special Committee’s mandate, despite the obstacles in this regard – namely the continued refusal by Israel, the occupying Power, to cooperate with the Special Committee in violation of its obligations as a Member State of the United Nations – and for their comprehensive report (A/70/406-A/70/406/Corr.1) on the critical human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Occupied Syrian Golan during the past year. [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer, before Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee), Agenda Item 54: UNRWA, 9 November 2015:

Mr. Chair,

I wish to reaffirm our appreciation to Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), for his report and briefing on UNRWA’s work over the past year, a year that once again witnessed turmoil gravely affecting Palestine refugees. We also thank him for his leadership and compelling advocacy on behalf of the Palestine refugees, their rights, needs and dignity in theses challenging times that are compounding the suffering, insecurity and existential fears of the refugees.

Today, we also renew appreciation to the Deputy Commissioner-General, the Directors of Field Operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and to UNRWA’s entire staff – national and international – for their tireless efforts to fulfill the Agency’s mandate through provision of education, health care, relief, emergency assistance and protection to the Palestine refugees, along with a constant measure of stability and hope. We recognize their dedication and courage in the context of a volatile environment and the personal challenges and risks many of them face, as the majority of the staff are Palestine refugees themselves. [Read more…]