Meeting of Committee on Rights of Palestinian People

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SIX OFFICIAL 29-Nov-2016 01:58:13
Israel’s illegal practices were entrenching a one-State reality of an apartheid nature, the Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine told a meeting commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
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The Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine called upon the international community to uphold its responsibility to ensure justice for the Palestinian people. He said the international community remained committed to the agreements concluded since 1993.

“We continue to extend our hand in peace,” he said, emphasizing that Israel must reciprocate that commitment, recognize the State of Palestine and work towards resolving all final status issues. Determined to preserve the unity of their land and people, the Palestinian people were also working actively to lift Israel’s inhumane and unjust blockade on the Gaza Strip, he said, adding that continuing settlement activities in the West Bank represented the main obstacle to peace.

In similar vein, General Assembly President Peter Thomson (Fiji) expressed regret at the continuing expansion of Israeli settlements, demolitions of Palestinian homes, arbitrary arrests and detentions and the eviction and displacement of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem. The pursuit of peace was mired in continuing terror attacks against civilians and brutal acts of violence by both sides, he said, urging both parties to de-escalate tensions, to refrain from violence and provocations and to avoid incitement and polarizing rhetoric that pushed peace further out of reach.

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson emphasized that the Israel-Palestinian conflict was not merely one of many, but a “long-standing, gaping wound that has fed tension and conflict throughout the Middle East and beyond”. Sadly, the past 10 years had been a lost decade for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, he said, warning that if it continued, a two-State solution could slip out of reach.

Agreeing, Dian Triansyah Djani (Indonesia), Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, warned that prospects for a two-State solution based on the 1967 borders had not only been steadily eroded, but were in extreme peril. The international community must move beyond solidarity towards implementing the principles of United Nations resolutions, he emphasized, urging the Security Council to uphold its responsibility to ensure that the Palestinian people could enjoy freedom, independence and protection within their own sovereign State.

He went on to point out that more than 60 per cent of the Palestinian population was younger than 25 years of age, having been born after the signing of the Oslo accords, he pointed out. “The international community and this Organization have an unpaid debt,” he said, emphasizing: “We owe Palestinian youth the freedom they deserve.” Israel’s youth were also owed a future without the moral and political burden of an inhumane occupation, he stressed.

Also addressing the Committee were the President of the Security Council and the Chair of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, as well as representatives of Venezuela (on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement), African Union, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, League of Arab States and Just Vision (on behalf of civil society).

Before adjourning the meeting, the Vice-Chair read out a list of Heads of State and Government, Ministers and other representatives of Governments and civil society organizations who had sent messages of solidarity, saying they would be published in a special bulletin of the Division for Palestinian Rights.

Delegations observed a moment of silence to mark the recent passing of Fidel Castro, former President of Cuba.
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