17 November 2015 – Continued Israeli Violations and Crimes against the Palestinian People


We are compelled to draw your attention to the continuously rising tensions and violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory constituting the State of Palestine – as Israel, the occupying Power, continues its military aggressions and human rights violations against the Palestinian people.

Israeli occupying forces continue to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians, including against children and peaceful demonstrators, causing death and injury and destruction of property.  Moreover, Israel has been unrelenting in its pursuit of illegal colonization practices, with settlement and wall construction continuing unabated. For example, just in this past week the occupying Power approved the construction of 891 settlement “units” in the illegal settlement of “Gilo” and approved the construction of 450 more settlement “units” in the illegal settlements of “Ramat Shlomo” and “Ramot”, all in Occupied East Jerusalem.  At the same time, Israel continues to impose countless collective punishment measures on the Palestinian people, including, inter alia, home demolitions and its blockade on the Gaza Strip.  The destructive impact of such Israeli violations on the situation on the ground is immense, as reflected in rising tensions, deteriorating socio-economic conditions, and deepening anger and frustration among the Palestinian civilian population living under this nearly fifty-year old Israeli occupation.  [Read more…]

11 May 2015 – بيان صحفي

عقب تشكيل الحكومه اليمينية الجديدة

السفير منصور يبعث برسائل متطابقة  لاركان الامم المتحدة

بعث السفير د. رياض منصور، المندوب الدائم لدولة فلسطين لدى الامم المتحدة، برسائل متطابقة لاركان الامم المتحدة الثلاث، الامين العام السيد بان كي مون، ورئيس مجلس الامن، ورئيس الجمعية العامه، مستهلا اياها بتركيبة الحكومة الاسرائيلية الجديدة مؤكدا ان هذه التشكيلة الحكومية هي بالضرورة ضد السلام وضد حل الدولتين وستعمل على اشتقاق سياسات غير قانونية من شانها ان تعزز الاحتلال الاستعماري الاسرائيلي على ارض الدولة الفلسطينية بما فيها القدس الشرقية، كما انها ستستمر في مصادرة حقوق الانسان وليس ادل على ذلك من وجود “ايلي شكيد” وزيرة للعدل في حكومة نتنياهو والتي سبق وان دعت لاستخدام العنف والتدمير ضد الفلسطينين سيما الامهات الفلسطينيات ودعت الاطفال الفلسطينين بالثعابين الصغيرة.  منصور اعاد التأكيد على ان الحكومة الاسرائيلية الجديدة ستعمل على تسريع عمليات الاستيطان في القدس الشرقية وفي هدم بيوت الفلسطينيين والسماح للمستوطنين بتملك بيوت الفلسطينيين وكذلك ترحيل وتشريد الاف الفلسطينيين لمصلحة مشاريع الاستيطان الكبرى سيما القاطنين في منطقة E1 وستستمر في حصار غزة واعتقال الاف الفلسطينيين بما فيهم الاطفال والنساء وقيادات فلسطينية منتخبة وهذا يدعم ما سبق وان اكدناه وقلناه بان الحكومة الاسرائيلية غير معنية بعملية السلام وانها مستمره باحتلالها الكولونيالي في تحد واضح لارادة المجموعة الدولية والقانون الدولي وقرارات الامم المتحدة ذات الصلة. [Read more…]

11 May 2015 – Israeli Violations and Anti-Peace Stance


In both word and deed, the new Israeli Government is proving its anti-peace, anti-two-State stance as it persists with unlawful policies and practices entrenching its illegitimate occupation and colonization of the State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, and systematically and grossly violating the human rights of the Palestinian people. [Read more…]

2 February 2015 – Incessant Israeli Settlement Activities


As the Security Council remains sidelined vis-à-vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel, the occupying Power, continues to exploit the international community’s inaction by persisting with its illegal policies and practices with impunity.  In particular, the Israeli Government continues its insidious colonization of the Palestinian land it has belligerently, illegitimately occupied since June 1967, in grave breach of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, as well as international criminal law as articulated in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

There is no difference – whether through periods of peace process or periods of unrest and conflict – Israel has never ceased its settlement activities in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.  In words and in deeds, every single Israeli government has actively carried out this illegal settlement campaign, openly entrenching the occupation in every way.  The latest such step was taken on Friday, 30 January, when it was revealed that the occupying Power has decided to move forward with the construction at least 450 new settlement units in various areas throughout Occupied Palestine, including in East Jerusalem.   [Read more…]

5 November 2014 – Jerusalem: Continued Israeli Provocations and Illegal Settlements


I have been instructed to once again draw your urgent attention to the critical situation and dangerously rising tensions in Occupied East Jerusalem due to the continuation of illegal actions, consisting of provocations and incitement by Israel, the occupying Power, including in particular by right-wing Israeli government officials, extremist settlers and religious zealots, against the Palestinian people, their land and their holy places.  Provocations and incitement have intensified in both frequency and aggressiveness in the recent weeks and continue to aggravate religious sensitivities and the fragile and volatile situation on the ground, threatening to precipitate a religious conflict and to plunge the region into further instability and violence.

For the second time in a week, Israeli occupying forces sealed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, preventing the entry of Palestinian worshippers.  This provocative action set off another round of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli extremists, who continue to agitate at this Holy Site. In what can only be seen as a clear attempt to stoke already-high tensions, early this morning, a group of Israeli extremists, protected by more than 300 Israeli occupying forces, stormed the compound firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at Palestinian worshippers, causing serious injuries to at least 30 people, inflicting serious injuries on two of the worshippers.  Moreover, it was reported that Israeli extremists entered Al-Aqsa mosque with their shoes on in a shameful sign of disrespect and with the purpose to infuriate Palestinian worshippers while eyewitnesses at the scene reported that occupying forces threw books of the Holy Quran on the floor. [Read more…]

27 October 2014 – Israeli Provocations and Settlements Occupied East Jerusalem


I write to urgently draw your attention, yet again, to the dangerously escalating tensions in Occupied East Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine.  The illegal policies and the constant provocations and incitement by Israel, the occupying Power, and its settlers and other extremists against the Palestinian people, their land and their holy places are exacerbating already-high tensions, risking further turmoil and destabilization of the extremely fragile situation on the ground, as reflected in the growing number of protests and clashes, particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem.

In grave breach of international law and in total contempt of the repeated international demands for cessation, Israel, the occupying Power, continues its illegal settlement campaign, which is clearly aimed at entrenching its illegitimate control over the Palestinian land it has belligerently occupied since 1967 and systematically destroying the two-State solution. This relentless colonization campaign has been most flagrant in Occupied East Jerusalem, with continued seizure of Palestinian properties, violent attacks on Palestinian civilians, demolition of Palestinian homes, forced displacement of Palestinian residents of the City, and provocative declarations regarding the construction of settlements. [Read more…]

10 January 2014 – Israeli Settlement Activities and Settler Attacks Continue


 At the start of this new year, I am compelled to convey again our serious concerns regarding the illegal Israeli settlement campaign in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which is gravely undermining the contiguity, unity and integrity of the land of the State of Palestine and threatening to make impossible the achievement of the two-State solution for peace on the basis of the pre-1967 borders.  We are at critical juncture and believe that Israel’s continuing flagrant contempt for international law demands urgent attention and responsible action by the international community, aimed at compelling the occupying Power to end all such grave breaches and at salvaging the prospects for a peaceful solution. [Read more…]

30 December 2013 – Jordan Valley and Settlement Announcements


We bring to your urgent attention these consequential illegal actions by Israel, the occupying Power, which require the international community, particularly the Security Council, to speak with one voice in condemning and take the necessary actions to end these grave breaches of the law which threaten the achievement of peace through the two-State solution on the basis of the 1967 borders. If continued unabated these plans will make permanent an Apartheid regime consisting of one State with two segregated legal systems further threatening international peace and security. [Read more…]

27 November 2013 – Israeli Violations and Rising Tensions


We are compelled to draw the attention of the international community to the ongoing violations of international law being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory that constitutes the State of Palestine.  These violations continue to negatively impact and prejudice the situation on the ground, to cause suffering and hardship for the Palestinian people, to inflame tensions between the two sides, and to undermine the resumed negotiations and peace efforts. [Read more…]

1 November 2013 – Israeli Settlement Provocations


Just three months ago, the international community was filled with high hopes that the renewal of negotiations, after a prolonged and deleterious impasse, would bring about a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in accordance with the longstanding terms of reference of the two-State solution based on the pre-1967 borders within the agreed negotiating period of six to nine months.  It is regretful that throughout this duration of the past three months of the negotiations, these hopes have been constantly and seriously eroded by the illegal actions committed by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the territory constituting the State of Palestine. [Read more…]