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

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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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10 July 2014 – Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the United Nations Security Council, Emergency Meeting on the Israeli Military Aggression against the Palestinian People

Mr. President,

I come before the Security Council – upon the instructions of the Palestinian leadership under President Mahmoud Abbas, and with the support of the Arab Group, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People – to urgently appeal to this Council to uphold its Charter duties for the maintenance of international peace and security.  We call on the Security Council to act immediately to protect civilian lives, which are being lost and destroyed with each passing minute of the Israeli military aggression being waged against the Palestinian people in Occupied Palestine, particularly in the Gaza Strip. [Read more...]

Statement by Ambassador Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the General Assembly High-level Event on the Contributions of Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, New York, 9 -10 June 2014:

 At the outset, I wish to thank you, Mr. President, for convening this “High-Level Event on the Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post 2015 Development Agenda”, and to express our appreciation for your active efforts to explore the inter-related aspects relevant to the post-2015 development agenda in a coherent, holistic manner and your strong commitment to promoting sustainable, and attainable, development goals for all.

Mr. President,

The State of Palestine supports the inclusion of the rule of law and respect for human rights as foundational principles in the post-2015 development agenda, based on a profound belief that they are among the main keys to ensuring peaceful, stable, economically and socially-empowered, resilient and prosperous societies.  In the specific case of Palestine, we firmly believe that they also constitute the keys to ending the occupation and injustice the Palestinian people have been subjected to for decades, comprehensively resolving the conflict, achieving freedom, human rights and justice for our people, and establishing peace and security.  [Read more...]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad H. Mansour, before the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Fund side event and exhibition during the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation of the United Nations General  Assembly, 19 May 2014:


Distinguished Delegates,

On behalf of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian people, those who live under Israeli occupation and in other places, I am honored to participate in this IBSA event and exhibition on the margins of the High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation. I take this opportunity to join other delegations in highlighting the admirable initiatives of IBSA to fight poverty and hunger and commend IBSA on the unveiling of the 2014 IBSA Fund Report. As one of the beneficiaries of the IBSA Fund, the State of Palestine expresses its deep appreciation for the development assistance extended to the Palestinian people by the Fund as a concrete demonstration of solidarity within the context of South-South cooperation. I would also like to share the beneficial impact of recently completed IBSA projects and ongoing new initiatives in Palestine being undertaken in cooperation with relevant Government Ministries and institutions. [Read more...]

Presidential Statement and Conclusions of the 26th PLO Central Council Meeting, 26-27 April 2014

Address of H.E. President Mahmoud Abbas to the PLO Central Council (Unofficial English Translation)

Conclusions of the PLO Cental Council Meeting, 26th Session

Statement by H.E. 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, 29 April 2014, New York:

Madame President,

At the outset, I congratulate Nigeria on its Presidency of the Security Council under your wise and able leadership. We also express appreciation for Luxembourg’s skilled leadership of the Council in March.

I thank Mr. Robert Serry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, for his briefing to the Council.

Madame President,

Since the Security Council’s last debate on this issue, there have been many developments on the ground and in the political process.  In official letters, we have alerted the Council to the rising tensions and the situation’s deterioration due to Israel’s persistent violations and intransigence in negotiations. We appealed to the Council and the international community to uphold their responsibilities, stressing the criticalness of the hour to salvage the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders and the longstanding parameters enshrined in the relevant United Nations resolutions, Madrid Principles, Arab Peace Initiative and Quartet Roadmap. [Read more...]

Statement by Mr. Yussef Kanaan, Senior Adviser, Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Committee on Information, 36th Session ( 30 April 2014):

 Madame Chair,

At the outset, I wish to express, on behalf of the State of Palestine, our profound appreciation for your able and skilled leadership of this Committee. We express our appreciation to H.E. the Secretary-General of the United Nations for his reports on the activities of the Department of Public Information and to the Committee on Information for its comprehensive report and valuable efforts in this regard. We also express our gratitude and appreciation to H.E. Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information and the Coordinator for Multilingualism, for his valuable efforts in enhancing the role of DPI and for the informative, comprehensive statement he delivered before the Committee. [Read more...]

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...]