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The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, called on Israeli authorities “to end the displacement and eviction of Palestinians and to approve additional plans that would enable Palestinians to build legally and address their development needs.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

23 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council, Tor Wennesland on screen
3. Med shot, Israel Ambassador
4. Med shot, Palestine Ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“Across the West Bank, daily violence continues; tensions in East Jerusalem and the refugee camps are mounting and settler violence remains a serious concern. Illegal settlements and planning processes are steadily advancing, alongside demolitions and evictions, including in and around Jerusalem. These factors are increasing the territorial fragmentation of the West Bank, undermining the Palestinian Authority and further eroding the prospects for peace.”
5. Wide shot, Council, Wennesland on screen
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“I call on Israeli authorities to end the displacement and eviction of Palestinians and to approve additional plans that would enable Palestinians to build legally and address their development needs.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“While we have seen some encouraging economic activity, we must push beyond the paradigm of managing, rather than resolving the conflict. Economic steps alone – while essential and desperately needed – will not put us on the path toward a just and lasting peace. There is no substitute for a legitimate political process that will resolve the core issues driving the conflict. Nevertheless, we must begin somewhere.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
“Israel states that Israeli Jews are entitled to reclaim and retrieve any property they owned prior to 1948, while it has passed laws to expropriate Palestinian properties and land, the ones they own then, and the ones they live in now. That is apartheid.”
11. Wide shot, Israel Ambassador speaking, Palestine Ambassador listening
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Can anyone honestly look me in the eye and tell me that Israel, a country that protects the social and political equality of all of its citizens is guilty of systematic injustice? a country in which Arab doctors, Arab members of parliament and Arab ministers serve alongside their Jewish counterpart parts. Can any decent person justified and justify associating Israel with this most horrific form of discrimination?”
13. Zoom out Council

STORYLINE:

The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, today (23 Feb) called on Israeli authorities “to end the displacement and eviction of Palestinians and to approve additional plans that would enable Palestinians to build legally and address their development needs.”

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East via video teleconference, Wennesland said, “across the West Bank, daily violence continues; tensions in East Jerusalem and the refugee camps are mounting and settler violence remains a serious concern. Illegal settlements and planning processes are steadily advancing, alongside demolitions and evictions, including in and around Jerusalem.”

He said, “these factors are increasing the territorial fragmentation of the West Bank, undermining the Palestinian Authority and further eroding the prospects for peace.”

The Special Coordinator reported that the Palestinian Authority continues to face a prolonged financial crisis, which severely undermines its capacity to deliver services, and has crippled the economy and noted that high-level dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership has led to positive economic steps.

He said, “while we have seen some encouraging economic activity, we must push beyond the paradigm of managing, rather than resolving the conflict. Economic steps alone – while essential and desperately needed – will not put us on the path toward a just and lasting peace.”

Wennesland said, “there is no substitute for a legitimate political process that will resolve the core issues driving the conflict. Nevertheless, we must begin somewhere.”

In his address to the Council, Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour – who was wearing a mask that read END APARTHEID – said, “Israel states that Israeli Jews are entitled to reclaim and retrieve any property they owned prior to 1948, while it has passed laws to expropriate Palestinian properties and land, the ones they own then, and the ones they live in now. That is apartheid.”

For his part, Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan said, “can anyone honestly look me in the eye and tell me that Israel, a country that protects the social and political equality of all of its citizens is guilty of systematic injustice? a country in which Arab doctors, Arab members of parliament and Arab ministers serve alongside their Jewish counterpart parts. Can any decent person justified and justify associating Israel with this most horrific form of discrimination?”

According to OCHA’s 11 February Protection of Civilians report, coverin the period from 25 January to 7 February, 215 Palestinians, including 28 children, were injured by Israeli security forces in the West Bank. OCHA noted that most of these injuries occurred during protests against settlements, which took place in the towns of Beit Dajan and Beita in the Nablus governorate, and in Kafr Qaddum in the Qalqilya governorate.

OCHA reported several cases of settler violence, including incidents involving the vandalization of 140 Palestinian-owned trees and saplings in incidents near Israeli settlements close to Hebron and Salfit in the West Bank.

In addition, it documented 21 incidents involving Palestinians who threw stones at Israeli-plated vehicles across West Bank locations.
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