25 September 2017 – Israeli violations continue unabated

Excellency,

I write to you today once again in regards to Israel’s incessant and provocative declarations on plans to construct and expand Israeli settlements throughout the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, in direct and grave contravention of international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2334 (2016), and in blatant defiance of the international community.

Yesterday, 25 September 206, various Israeli media reported that the so-called Israeli Civil Administration is preparing to advance plans within the coming weeks for the construction of up to 2,000 new illegal settlement units across the Occupied Palestinian Territory, further entrenching its illegal colonial regime and further diminishing the viability of the two-State solution on the 1967 borders.

On this very same day Mr. Nicolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, presented the Secretary-General’s third report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), in which he reaffirmed that “Israel did not cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard as called for by the resolution.”  He further stated that, “since 20 June, Israel’s illegal settlement activities have continued at a high rate, a consistent pattern over the course of this year”, and that, “activity during this period was concentrated primarily in occupied East Jerusalem, where plans were advanced for over 2,300 housing units in July, 30 per cent more than for the whole of 2016.” [Read more…]

11 August 2017 – Israeli violations continue unabated

Excellency,

We are compelled to draw your attention to the ongoing rise in tensions and violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, as Israel, the occupying Power, continues its military aggressions and human rights violations against the Palestinian people.  Israeli settlement activities, the blockade and bombardment of the Gaza Strip, home demolitions and evictions, military raids and inflammatory provocations, are exacerbating conditions on the ground and confirming Israel’s rejection of the peace that the State of Palestine remains committed to achieving, along with the rest of the international community.

In flagrant defiance of international law, including Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), and the consistent demands to cease its illegal, destructive settlement campaign in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, the occupying Power continues to provoke and incite with repeated declarations regarding further plans to colonize the Palestinian land.  Just last week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu laid the cornerstone for a new settlement compound with over 1,000 settlement units in the illegal “Beitar Illit” settlement located south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. In a speech at the ceremony marking the start of construction, Netanyahu hailed his government’s continuous works on illegal settlements and serving the settler population, boasting, “no other government has worked for settlements like my government.” [Read more…]

10 December 2013 – Rising Tensions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Excellency,

We are compelled to draw your attention to the continuously rising tensions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory constituting the State of Palestine.

The Israeli occupying forces continue to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians, including against children and including against peaceful demonstrators, causing death and injury and destruction of property.  Moreover, Israel, the occupying Power, has been unrelenting in its pursuit of illegal colonization practices, with settlement and wall construction continuing unabated, and its imposition of collective punishment measures on the Palestinian people.  The negative impact of such Israeli breaches on the situation on the ground is vast, as reflected in the rising tensions, the deteriorating socio-economic conditions, and the deepening pessimism vis-à-vis the potential for the success of the peace negotiations and the viability of the two-State solution.  Day after day, rather than engendering trust and confidence in the political process, as Israel continues to raise serious doubts regarding its true intentions, undermining the process and compounding skepticism and anger among the Palestinian people. [Read more…]