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…]

Statement by Ms. Sahar Salem before the 4th Committee on agenda item (58): Questions relating to information, UNGA 70th Session, 27 October 2015:

Mr. Chair,

At the outset, I extend Palestine’s congratulations to you on your assumption of the Chair of this Committee, as well as to the distinguished Bureau members. We have full confidence in your ability to efficiently steer its work to success.

We express our gratitude and appreciation to the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information for her valuable efforts and for the informative, comprehensive statement to the Committee.

Before proceeding, I wish to affirm that my delegation aligns itself with the important statement made by South Africa on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Dr. Riad Malki, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine, before the UNSC, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, New York, 22 October 2015

Thank you Mr. President. Allow me to begin by expressing Palestine’s gratitude to the Kingdom of Spain for convening this debate, for the seriousness you have accorded to the critical matter before us, and for your able leadership of the Security Council this month.

I also thank the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, for his briefing.  We express our appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-General and his entire team to contribute to a de-escalation of the current dangerous situation and to restore focus to the core issues and the imperative for a credible political horizon that will bring an end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian land and denial of Palestinian rights, an unjust and grave situation that continues to threaten regional and international peace and security. [Read more…]

كلمة السفير الدكتور رياض منصور، المراقب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، أمام مجلس الأمن في جلسته الطارئة حول الحالة في الشرق الأوسط، بما في ذلك قضية فلسطين: 16 أكتوبر 2015

السيد الرئيس

أود في بداية كلمتي أن أهنئ البلد الصديق أسبانيا على توليه رئاسة مجلس الأمن لهذا الشهر معرباً عن تقديري لكم على قيادتكم وكفاءتكم في القيام بهذه المهمة على أحسن وجه. كما أتوجه لكم بالشكر على إستجابتكم السريعة في عقد هذه الجلسة الطارئة للمجلس. كما أعرب عن شكرنا وتقديرنا للبلد الصديق الإتحاد الروسي على رئاسته القديرة لمجلس الأمن في الشهر المنصرم. وأتوجه بالشكر والتقدير للسيد مساعد الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة للشؤون السياسية على إحاطته

السيد الرئيس

نأتي إليكم اليوم طالبين تدخلكم العاجل لوقف هذا العدوان الغاشم الذي يتعرض له شعبنا الفلسطيني الأعزل وما تتعرض له مقدساتنا من إنتهاكات جسيمة من قبل الإحتلال العسكري الإسرائيلي والمستوطنين الإسرائيليين والمتطرفين. لقد وثقنا تفاصيل هذا العدوان الهمجي الشرس من خلال خمسة رسائل قمنا بإرسالها إليكم في العشرة الأيام الماضية والذي راح ضحيته منذ بداية هذا الشهر أكثر من 35 شهيداً، من بينهم عدد كبير من الأطفال وأكثر من 1500 جريح بالرصاص الحي والمطاطي ووسائل أخرى، غالبيتهم من القاصرين الذين لاتتجاوز أعمارهم الـ18 عاماً. ولقد شاهدنا جميعاً عبر الفضائيات ووسائل التواصل الإجتماعي الإعدامات الميدانية التي تقوم بها قوات الإحتلال الإسرائيلي للمدنيين الفلسطينيين وإعتقالها لأعداد كبيرة منهم لا لسبب سوى مشاركتهم في مسيرات إحتجاجية ضد الإحتلال الإسرائيلي وممارساته الوحشية وغير القانونية وسعيهم من أجل إنهاء هذا الإحتلال [Read more…]

FACT SHEET: THE STATE OF PALESTINE’S CHILDREN UNDER OCCUPATION

FACT SHEET: THE STATE OF PALESTINE’S CHILDREN UNDER OCCUPATION

“I urge Israel to take concrete and immediate steps, including by reviewing existing policies and practices, to protect children, to prevent the killing and maiming of children, and to respect the special protections afforded to schools and hospitals. An essential measure in that regard is ensuring accountability for perpetrators of alleged violations.”

-Report of the Secretary-General, 5 June 2015

Current Reality

  • One Palestinian child was killed by the IOF every 3 days between 2000 and 2013.[i]
  • 1 October – 13 October: 8 children killed by the IOF across the OPT. This includes Amjad Al-Jundi (17), Abdel-Rahman Obeidallah (11), IshaqBadran (16), Ahmad Sharaka (13), Hasan Khaled Manasra (15), Mohammad Al-Raqab (15), Hesham Barbakh (13), Khalil Othman (15), and Rahaf Hassan (2).[ii]
  • Since 1967, 95,000 Palestinian children have been detained by the IOF, 62% of whom have likely been subjected to some form of physical violence.[iii]
  • Each year, approximately 700 Palestinian children are arrested, interrogated, and detained by the IOF. Children consistently experience strip-searches, physical and psychological abuse, and other forms of harassment and intimidation during forced interrogations and while imprisoned. [iv]
  • 15 – 28 September: 40 children arrested by the IOF in the Jerusalem governorate.[v]
  • 29 September – 5 October: At least 14 children arrested by the IOF in Jerusalem.[vi]
  • Children are severely affected by the current deteriorating situation in the OPT. Since 15 September, the IOF has injured 119 children, detained 75, and temporarily detained 30 at checkpoints and in residential areas.[vii]
  • 15 – 28 September: 43 children injured during clashes with the IOF in the Gaza Strip.[viii]
  • 15 – 28 September: 37 children injured during IOF search and arrest operations in 6 West Bank cities and villages.[ix]

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