6 November 2014 – Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee), Agenda Item 51: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Mr. Chair,

On behalf of the State of Palestine, I express our 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.  We thank Ambassador Palitha Kohona of Sri Lanka, Chair of the Committee, Ambassador Hussein Haniff of Malaysia and Ambassador Fode` Seck of Senegal for their efforts and for the report (A/69/355) submitted on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Occupied Syrian Golan and the serious recommendations made therein.

We also thank the Secretary-General and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the comprehensive reports prepared pursuant to the General Assembly resolutions regarding “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan” (A/69/348) and “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” (A/69/347). These reports attest to a systematic pattern of human rights violations as a result of the illegal, oppressive and destructive policies and measures that continue to be carried out by Israel, the occupying Power. [Read more...]

4 November 2014 – Statement by Rabii Hantouli on Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources

كلمة ربيع الحنتولي، المستشار أول، البعثة المراقبة الدائمة لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة، أمام اللجنة الإقتصادية والمالية (اللجنة الثانية) حول البند 60 ” السيادة الدائمة للشعب الفلسطيني في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، وللسكان العرب في الجولان السوري المحتل على مواردهم الطبيعية”،  الدورة 69 للجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، نيويورك،            4 نوفمبر/ تشرين الثاني 2014.

السيد الرئيس،

أود في البداية أن أتقدم بإسم فلسطين بالتهنئة الصادقة لكم على توليكم رئاسة هذه اللجنة، وكذلك إلى أعضاء المكتب الموقرين، كما أتقدم بالشكر إلى السكرتارية على عملها الدؤوب. وِاسمحو لي أيضا أن أشكر السيدة ريما خلف، الأمينة التنفيذية للجنة الإقتصادية والإجتماعية لغربي آسيا (الإسكوا)، على تقديمها لتقرير الأمين العام المعد من قبل الإسكوا والمعنون “الإنعكاسات الإقتصادية والإجتماعية للإحتلال الإسرائيلي على الأحوال المعيشية للشعب الفلسطيني في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما فيها القدس الشرقية، وللسكان العرب في الجولان السوري المحتل”، والوارد في الوثيقة رقم  A/69/81-E/2014/13.

السيد الرئيس، [Read more...]

29 October 2014 – Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before the United Nations Security Council Emergency Meeting on the Situation in Occupied East Jerusalem

Mme. President,

I thank you for your swift response to our urgent appeal and to the formal request by Jordan, the Arab representative on the Security Council, to convene this emergency meeting to address the critical situation in Occupied East Jerusalem, which clearly has bearing on the crisis situation in the rest of Palestine as well as in the region and far beyond.

Mme. President,

Jerusalem, the Holy City for the three monotheistic religions, was and remains the key to peace.  The City is the heart of Palestine and has historically been the religious, political, social, economic and cultural center for the Palestinian people for centuries.  And, Jerusalem, a theater for both conflict and peace, has always maintained an Arab and Islamic identity, and it will remain so.

Yet, Jerusalem is under siege, as Israel, the occupying Power, continues the reckless attempts to change its character, falsify its history, alter its demography, and negate Palestinian rights and connection to Jerusalem.  Israeli provocations and incitement, particularly at Al-Haram Al-Sharif, home to the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and Qubbat Al-Sakhra (Dome of the Rock), are further inflaming this volatile situation, aggravating religious sentiments, deepening mistrust, and threatening to ignite yet another cycle of violence, including instigation of religious conflict. Such illegal Israeli actions are severely exacerbating the conflict and obstructing a peaceful solution, with grave implications.

We have thus been instructed by President Mahmoud Abbas to bring this crisis situation to the urgent attention of the Security Council, in full recognition of its Charter duty for the maintenance of international peace and security. [Read more...]

21 October 2014 – Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question

Mme. President,

I congratulate the friendly country of Argentina on its presidency of the Security Council this month and express our appreciation for your able leadership of the Council’s efforts to address the many critical issues on its agenda at this time.

I also express our appreciation to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his important briefing and deep gratitude for his dedicated peace efforts. We are grateful for your leadership of the United Nations delegation to the “Cairo International Conference on Palestine – Reconstructing Gaza” and for your recent visit to the State of Palestine, including to the Gaza Strip, where you witnessed firsthand the massive destruction and devastation wrought by the Israeli military aggression in July and August and the suffering that continues in the absence of real recovery, reconstruction and sustainable solutions to core issues of this conflict.

We have long appealed for the Security Council members to visit Palestine to see unfiltered these realities and the grave injustice being endured by the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation.  We are certain this would better inform the Council’s deliberations and compel greater resolve to contribute to a viable solution through implementation of the Council’s resolutions and in line with its Charter duty for international peace and security.  As noted by the Secretary-General during his visit to Gaza, “No amount of Security Council sessions, reports or briefings could have prepared me for what I witnessed today”.  At this critical time, we again appeal for such a visit by the Council, stressing the imperative of salvaging the prospects for Palestinian-Israeli peace.   [Read more...]

20 October 2014 – Statement by Ms. Reem Julia Mansour, Esq., Legal Adviser, before the Sixth Committee: Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts

Mr. Chair,

Since this is the first time my delegation speaks in this committee, I’d like to express my delegations congratulations to you on your election as chair of this committee and to all the members of the bureau.

Mr. Chair,

The State of Palestine is deeply committed to ensuring respect for and adherence to international humanitarian law (IHL). The Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols provide a necessary and fundamental framework for parties in armed conflict, including situations of foreign occupation, by providing protections to civilians and imposing restraints on military conduct. Yet, more efforts must be focused on ensuring better compliance with the law so that civilians affected by armed conflict are protected and their suffering minimized to the extent possible. Efforts must also be made to ensure that the restraints provided for by the law are in fact obeyed by militaries. The State of Palestine believes that the international community must continue to work together to promote greater compliance with international humanitarian law so that civilians are afforded the utmost protection in times of war. [Read more...]

16 October 2014 – Statement by Ms. Reem Julia Mansour, Esq., Legal Adviser, before the Third Committee: Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children

Madam Chair,

The State of Palestine somberly comes before this August Committee today to draw your attention to the most recent tragedy that took place in the Occupied State of Palestine and the crimes committed against our people by Israel, the occupying Power. Sadly, as has always been the case, under the systematic oppression and brutality of Israel’s 47-years of occupation, Palestinian children have borne the brunt of its illegal policies and practices. This was tragically the case in Occupied Gaza, in which for more than fifty days, the occupying Power, attacked the land and the civilian population from land, air and sea, killing, wounding, damaging and destroying everything in sight. The disproportionate use of force by Israel, the occupying Power, in Gaza was evident by the damage and sheer destruction of government and civilian infrastructure, residential neighborhoods, UN schools and hospitals. [Read more...]

14 October 2014- Statement by Mrs. Somaia Barghouti, Senior Adviser, before the Third Committee: Advancement of women

At the outset, allow me to begin by congratulating you upon your election as Chair of this important Committee. We are confident that you will bring the work of the Committee to a successful conclusion. We also extend our congratulations to all the members of the Bureau.

Madame Chair,

In the upcoming year of 2015 the international community will commemorate two major events related to the advancement and empowerment of women.  These two major events namely, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, which was adopted in 1995 as well as the 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325,which was adopted in 2000. Nearly two decades later, the international community can confidently list many examples in which significant achievements have been made in connection with the full equality and development of women. At the same time, it would also be true to state that women in all parts of the world still face many constraints and obstacles that continue to hinder their efforts towards the full implementation of the strategic objectives of the outcomes contained in these documents. We hope the convening of these significant events will mark a new era in which gender equality become a reality and women will overcome all difficulties and challenges they face in their struggle to achieve their full advancement and empowerment. [Read more...]

28 July 2014 – Policy Statement, State of Palestine Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Palestine continues to struggle with mourning, grief, and loss. However, The Palestinian people remain proud, refusing to surrender to humiliation, murder, and wanton destruction that is borne out of racism and fueled by a resounding international failure of morals and responsibility.
More than 1036 Palestinian lives have been stolen; thousands others have been crushed by injury, grief and loss. Nearly 300 children are among the Palestinians killed during the Israeli occupation’s ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and across the Occupied Palestinian Territory. On average, a Palestinian child is killed every two hours.
By all measures, this is a human tragedy and it continues. At least 150 bodies have been recovered so far in the ongoing search in several neighborhoods that have been reduced to rubble. The scenes of devastation, destruction, and wholesale death stand testament to the disgraceful failure of the international community to protect and uphold the principles and values it claims to stand for.

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Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 22 July 2014

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Mr. President,

I thank you for your skilled stewardship of the Security Council this month and the efforts to address the crisis being faced by the Palestinian people, particularly due to the Israeli military aggression in the Gaza Strip.  I thank Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his briefing and convey our deep gratitude to him for undertaking an emergency mission to the region in support of the regional and international efforts to secure an urgent ceasefire based on the Egyptian initiative and with the active engagement of President Mahmoud Abbas and other concerned parties.

Today, we also recognize the efforts of UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry on the ground, including with regard to the calls for the humanitarian pause, and the valiant efforts of UN agencies on the ground, including UNRWA, under the leadership of Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl, and OCHA, under the leadership of Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos, and the other UN agencies and humanitarian organizations, including the ICRC, that are providing vital emergency assistance to the Palestinian people at this time of crisis.

Mr. President,

Regrettably, despite all of these regional and international efforts, hundreds more Palestinian civilians have been killed, thousands have been injured and tens of thousands have been displaced by the Israeli military aggression in Gaza since we last came before the Security Council on Friday.

Israeli bombardment – including missile airstrikes, bombs and artillery shelling by air, land and sea at densely-populated civilian areas – has also resulted in the destruction of more than 1,000 homes and damage to more than 18,000 other homes.  Fear and panic have gripped the population, leading to displacement of more than 100,000 people, who are now sheltering in UNRWA schools, already double the number of Palestinians who sought refuge in the Agency’s schools in the Israeli war on Gaza of 2008-2009.  Here, we urgently appeal for efforts to address the immense humanitarian needs of the Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including through donor support to UNRWA emergency appeals. [Read more...]

18 July 2014 — Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before the United Nations Security Council, Emergency Meeting

 

Mr. President,

We have called for this emergency meeting of the Security Council due to the existential crisis being faced by the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation.  With every moment that passes, the life of another Palestinian child or mother or father is cruelly taken by the Israeli occupying forces in their murderous rampage of airstrikes and artillery bombardment against civilian areas and now a massive ground invasion in the Gaza Strip, threatening the safety and survival of the entire Palestinian civilian population. As we were driving to this meeting, four additional children were killed. There names are: Rizeq Al Hayek (age 2), Sarah Bustan (age 13), Imad Ilwan (age 7)  Qasem Ilwan (age 10).

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