UN / PALESTINE ABBAS

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the delegates at the General Assembly where the Palestinian people should go if United Nations decisions are “not taken into account” by Israel. He added that Palestine would not resort to terrorism. UNIFEED
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STORY: GA / PALESTINE ABBAS
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

20 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Abbas waiting to deliver statement
3. Wide shot, Abbas at podium
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“We as Palestinians are against terrorism, local, regional, international, no matter what form, no matter its origin, no matter its root; we are against terrorism and we are actively combating it.”
5. Med shot, Palestinian delegation
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“Despite our extensive and sincere efforts to make the peace process succeed, Israel continues to ignore its obligations towards the peace process, and insists on its failure by continuing to build settlements everywhere. It builds settlements everywhere. There is no place left for the State of Palestine, and this is no acceptable for us and for you. You bear the responsibility.”
7. Wide shot, Abbas address the General Assembly
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“Where should we go? If the Security Council’s decision are not taken into account, if the General Assembly’s decisions are not taken into account, where would you like us to go? Of course, we will not go towards terrorism and violence. Jerusalem is an occupied city. Israel’s decisions and measures in it are null and void, null and void, and illegal from the beginning to the end.”
9. Close up, Abbas
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“I salute the kin of our people in Jerusalem who have displayed the best demonstrations of popular peaceful resistance to confront the colonial measures taken by the Israeli occupation. When they banned them from praying, they prayed outside, resisted with their foreheads on the ground, and were victorious.”
11. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“Allow me to ask you a question. Where are the borders of the State of Israeli that you have and continue to recognise? Where are they? How can one recognize a country with no borders; because it has not decided where its borders are. International law recognizes a State as a land with borders, a population, and an authority. Israel’s land does not have a border. I ask you, how can you recognize a country with no borders?
13. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“Freedom is surely coming, there is no doubt. Despite all this it will come. And occupation will vanish. Either independence for the State of Palestine living in peace and security side by side with the State of Israel on the 1967 border, or, if they want, if they like, if they wish, complete rights which guarantees equality for all the inhabitants of history Palestine from the river to the sea. Would they accept that?”
15. Wide shot, delegates applauding

STORYLINE:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the delegates at the General Assembly where the Palestinian people should go if United Nations decisions are “not taken into account” by Israel, adding that Palestine would not resort to terrorism.

Speaking today (20 Sep) at the UN General Assembly’s general debate, Abbas said Israel has been and continues to violate UN resolutions since its inception and called on the international community to provide protection to the Palestinian people. He said, "Palestinian are against terrorism, local, regional, international, no matter what form, no matter its origin, no matter its root” and are actively combating it.

The Palestinian President said Israel continues to ignore efforts by Palestinians, as well as efforts by Arab and Muslim nations, to end the conflict adding that the country continues to build settlements on Palestinian land in Jerusalem and the West Bank adding that there was “no place left for the State of Palestine.”

Abbas said Jerusalem is an occupied city and as such “Israel’s decisions and measures in it are null and void, null and void, and illegal from the beginning to the end.” He saluted the protestors who took the streets recently over an decision to install metal detectors and cameras in Haram Al Sharif area. He said, “When they banned them from praying, they prayed outside, resisted with their foreheads on the ground, and were victorious.”

Abbas asked the Member States how they could “recognize a country with no borders,” and called on nations who recognize Israel to recognize Palestine on the 1967 border. Abbas quoted Nelson Mandela as saying that his country’s victory over apartheid could not be complete without freedom for Palestine and called on nations to deliver on this message.
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