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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Statement by Ms. Reem Julia Mansour, Esq., Legal Adviser, before the Third Committee, agenda item 68: Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children, 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 15 October 2015:

Mr. Chair,

Every child deserves to live in a harmonious atmosphere of happiness, love, and understanding. This is recognized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child for all children and it is the desire of the State of Palestine for our children. Regrettably, for over 48 years, Israel’s military occupation has denied Palestinian children this harmonious atmosphere, denied their most basic human rights. The vulnerability of our children is deepening as they continue to bear the brunt of increasingly oppressive, violent and illegal Israeli policies and practices and settler terrorism being systematically waged against them. Tragically, we know all too well that their suffering will not end if Israel continues with its illegal occupation of Palestinian land and continues to remain immune from consequences for its human rights violations and crimes.

The daily reality faced by Palestinian children is of life threatening danger from Israeli occupying forces. The Palestinian children do not live normal childhoods; they exist in a world where human suffering is the norm, their fundamental human rights are grossly violated and they are suffocated by oppressive policies and measures by an occupying Power whose aim is to control every aspect of Palestinian life through collective punishment, intimidation and dehumanizing tactics. Recently, the Israeli Government even legislated this lack of respect for Palestinian life in new laws relaxing the rules of engagement for occupying forces encouraging the shooting and killing of Palestinians, including children, with de facto impunity. [Read more…]

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

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

“Restrictions on movement and access, increased settlement expansion and settler violence, demolitions of Palestinian infrastructure and displacement, the fragmentation of the territory and the closure of the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly the Gaza Strip, continue to have a negative gender differentiated impact on the lives of Palestinian women and their families.” [Read more…]

Statement by Mrs. Somaia Barghouti, Senior Adviser, before the Third Committee on Agenda item 29: Advancement of women, 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, 13 October 2015:

Mr. Chair,

Allow me at the outset to extend to you, in the name of the State of Palestine, our warm congratulations on your election to the chairmanship of the work of this important Committee. We are confident that the Committee will successfully conclude its important work under your able stewardship and wide expertise. Let me also extend my congratulations to the members of the Bureau of the Committee.
Mr. Chair,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is with great concern that I speak to you today on the political, economic and social conditions of Palestinian people, including Palestinian women, which are deteriorating to an increasing extent.   The continuation of the Israeli military occupation and its illegal, repressive, and racist practices and policies over more than 48 years has led to exacerbating those tragic conditions and increased the state of tension and violence. [Read more…]

Statement by H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas President of the State of Palestine at the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly at its 70th Session, New York 30 September 2015

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

 

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

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

Excellencies, Heads of Delegations

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I come before you today from Palestine, compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem, where extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa Mosque, aimed at imposing a new reality and dividing Al-Haram Al-Sharif temporally, allowing extremists, under the protection of Israeli occupying forces and accompanying ministers and Knesset members, to enter the Mosque at certain times, while preventing Muslim worshipers from accessing and entering the Mosque at those times and freely exercising their religious rights. [Read more…]

Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, at the United Nations General Assembly Vote on the Draft Resolution (A/69/L.87/Rev.1) on the Raising of Flags of Non-Member Observer States (Item 120: Strengthening of the United Nations System), 10 September 2015:

Mr. President,

On behalf of the State of Palestine, I am honored to address the General Assembly following its historic vote and adoption of the resolution on the raising of flags of non-member Observer States at the United Nations, namely the flags of the State of Palestine and the Holy See.

We are grateful to all of the Member States that supported this resolution and convey the deepest appreciation of the Palestinian people and their leadership for the honorable position they have taken on this most meaningful issue for our people. We also express special thanks to the cosponsors of the resolution for their consummate support for this initiative, consistent with their abiding support for the just cause of Palestine. The positive votes of Member States today constitute a reaffirmation of the longstanding, principled position of the international community in support of a just, lasting, comprehensive and peaceful solution to the question of Palestine and in support of the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including to self-determination and independence.  [Read more…]

Statement by Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the United Nations Security Council, Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 23 July 2015:

Mr. President,

I congratulate New Zealand on its Presidency of the Security Council and thank you, Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully, for presiding over this important debate, a reflection of your country’s responsible, principled position vis-à-vis this issue and the commitment to uphold your Security Council mandate and contribute to international peace and security.

We also reiterate our deep appreciation to the delegation of Malaysia for its skilled leadership of the Council in June, including the critical debate on children and armed conflict, and express appreciation for Malaysia’s efforts as Chair of the Security Council’s Working Group on this matter.

I also thank UN Special Coordinator and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Nikolay Mladenov, for his briefing and his initial efforts in this important post. We reaffirm our support for his mandate and readiness to continue cooperation towards fulfillment of our common objectives, foremost among them securing a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace settlement. [Read more…]