Statement by Her Excellency Ms. Rabiha Diab, Minister of Women’s Affairs, the State of Palestine, before the Commission on the Status of Women, 58th session, New York, 11 March 2014

Mr. Chair,

On behalf of the State of Palestine, I extend our congratulations to you and the other members of the Bureau on your election to this important Commission, and express our confidence that, under your wise and skilled leadership, this session will be successful.

I wish also to extend our felicitations to all women in the world on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March, and let us make it an incentive to all of us to achieve all the objectives we aspire to. [Read more...]

Statement by the Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on the situation in Jerusalem, New York 5 March 2014

The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is alarmed by recent developments and increased tensions in Occupied East Jerusalem.

We are particularly concerned by the increasing incursions by Israeli extremists and political leaders, including government officials, on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. These incidents provoke Palestinian and other Muslim worshippers and often lead to clashes, in which Palestinian civilians are injured, tear-gassed and detained. In another worrying development, the Knesset recently began a debate on a bill to impose “Israeli sovereignty” over Al-Haram Al-Sharif. Such actions with regard to this highly sensitive area provoke the Palestinians and may also be perceived as serious acts of incitement in the wider region. Moreover, these actions undermine the current negotiations process, threatening the prospects for peace. [Read more...]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Security Council, Open Debate on “the promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security”, New York, 19 February 2014

 

I thank H.E. the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania for presiding over this meeting, and thank H.E. the Secretary-General for his briefing.

Promoting and strengthening the rule of law at the national and international levels is of utmost importance to the State of Palestine.  In recent years, our country has progressively built and continues to build its State institutions, specifically regarding the rule of law and governance at the national level. Currently, this effort is supported through the 2014-2016 Development Assistance Framework concluded between the State of Palestine and the United Nations, of which governance, rule of law, justice and human rights are one of the six pillars of the agreement.  While we continue to progress in promoting and strengthening the rule of law nationally, the rule of law internationally continues to regrettably founder. This is what the international community, specifically this Council must address based on the conviction that the rule of law at the international level is the key to the maintenance of international peace and security, its Charter mandate. We hold that the rule of law is also the key to ending Israel’s nearly 47- year military occupation. [Read more...]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 20 January 2014, New York

I thank H.E. Mr. Nasser Judeh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Jordan, for presiding over this meeting, and thank H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, for his briefing. I reaffirm the State of Palestine’s gratitude for the principled efforts you have respectively and consistently exerted for peace and a just solution to the question of Palestine.

Mr. President,

It is with immense pride that we see Jordan assuming the Presidency of the Security Council, and we convey our congratulations and wishes for success during its tenure.  Likewise, we extend sincerest congratulations to all the new non-permanent members – Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria, confident in your adherence to the Charter and abilities to fulfill the serious responsibilities of this organ, including vis-à-vis the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the goal of a just, comprehensive solution, a matter central to international peace and security. [Read more...]

19 December 2013 – Statement Dedicated to the Life and Memory of His Excellency Nelson Mandela

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Rivad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the 68m Session of the United Nations General Assembly’s Special Meeting Dedicated to the Life and Memory of His Excellency Nelson  Mandela, 19 December 2013:

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Mr. President,

It was with profound sadness that the people of the State of Palestine learned of the passing of His Excellency Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on Thursday, 5 December 2013. Along with the rest of the world, the leadership and the people of the State of Palestine mourn his passing and we express to our brothers and sisters in South Africa our deepest sympathies during this most difficult time. [Read more...]

12 December 2013 – Statement on Assistance to the Palestinian People

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the United Nations General Assembly, 68th Session, on agenda item 70(b) “Assistance to the Palestinian people”, 12 December 2013:                                         

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Mr. President,

We meet today to consider the issue of the strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance, including assistance to the Palestinian people, a people who have been suffering for many decades from occupation and the denial of the exercise of their inalienable rights.

The international community has determined that assistance to the Palestinian people is a vital element and collective responsibility in the efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region.  Here, I extend, on behalf of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian people, our profound gratitude and appreciation to all peoples, Governments and international organizations that have provided financial support in the framework of this assistance, which is being undertaken through concrete programs and projects that offer significant developmental support to the Palestinian people while also contributing to their resilience under adverse circumstances, giving them hope and assurances that they are not alone and that the world is supporting them in the quest for a brighter future for their children. [Read more...]

3 December 2013 – Statement on the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA

Statement by H.E Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 3 December 2013:

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 Mr. President,

On behalf of the delegation of the State of Palestine, I wish to thank the Deputy Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Ms. Margot Ellis, for all of her efforts in serving the Agency and for her briefing on UNRWA’s work over the past year, including updates on both the serious financial and operational challenges being faced by the Agency and accomplishments of the past year. [Read more...]

Right of Reply – Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Right of Reply by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee),

Item 52: “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 2013:

Mr. Chair,

I apologize for requesting the floor once again, however, I am compelled to reply to the statement made by the representative of Israel in today’s debate.

As we stated at the outset of this debate, the report of the Special Committee is neither biased, nor one-sided. The Special Committee’s examination of the situation is clearly in the framework of international and relevant United Nations resolutions.

There is NO distortion of the truth.  There is no “discrediting” of Israel by the Committee; the Committee is reporting FACTS – facts regarding the egregious, systematic violations – many amounting to war crimes – being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people under its occupation.  Its blatant, deliberate, consistent non-compliance with international law and its complete disrespect for the UN and the international community are what single Israel out.  And, yet, Israel continues to try to justify its violations, distorting the truth and attack those who speak it. [Read more...]

Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee),

Agenda Item 52: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, 68th Session UN General Assembly, 8 November 2013:

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Mr. Chair,

I express the State of 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.  We thank Ambassador Palitha T.B. Kohona of Sri Lanka, Chair of the Committee, Ambassador Hussein Haniff of Malaysia and Ambassador Fode` Seck of Senegal for the report on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Occupied Syrian Golan and the serious recommendations made therein.

The Special Committee’s report, along with the recent reports of the Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 and other UN bodies and agencies, including UNRWA, UNICEF, OCHA and ESCWA, portray with accuracy the critical human rights situation in Palestine as a result of the illegal, oppressive policies being pursued by Israel, the occupying Power. [Read more...]

Right of Reply – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Right of Reply by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the 4th Committee debate on Item 51: UNRWA, 7 November 2013:

Mr. Chair,

I apologize for taking the floor once again.  However, I am compelled to reply to the assertion by the delegate of Israel that the right of return of the Palestine refugees is a “non-starter” – despite the fact that the Palestine refugee issue is an agreed final status issue to be negotiated between the parties – and the claim that it is “the obstacle to peace”.

I ask the Committee: How is respect for human rights and international law contrary to the requirements for peace? How does the obstruction of rights, the perpetuation of the exile, dispossession and misery of a people serve the cause of peace?  It does not.

The Israeli delegate called for “putting people before politics”.  We agree.  This would require, first and foremost, recognition by Israel of the humanity of the Palestine refugees, of the suffering and loss it has inflicted on them, and of their right to justice.  It requires an end to the denial of their rights based on narrow, cynical and unjustified political interests.

Furthermore, the callous remarks regarding the “number” of Palestine refugee, and who constitutes a Palestine refugee or not, are the height of hypocrisy by a State granting return to any Jewish person from anywhere in the world, yet denying Palestine refugees their right to return. [Read more...]