UN / PALESTINE ISRAEL

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The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, told the Security Council on Monday that the last month has been marked by violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and terror attacks in Israel, which have killed and injured scores of civilians. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY
1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

25 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council, Tor Wennesland on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“Sadly, this period has been marked by violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and terror attacks in Israel, which have killed and injured scores of civilians. In Jerusalem, the situation remains relatively calm despite inflammatory rhetoric and violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli Security Forces (ISF) that have taken place at the Holy Sites. In Gaza, the launching of rockets is undermining the fragile stability that has prevailed since last May.”
4. Close up, Security Council President
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“Let me be clear: there is no justification for acts of terrorism or violence against civilians. Violence, provocations and incitement must stop immediately and be unequivocally condemned by all. I also reiterate that political, religious and community leaders on all sides must do their part to reduce tensions, uphold the status quo at the Holy Sites, and ensure their sanctity is respected by all.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council, Tor Wennesland on screen
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“The violence and spiraling tensions of the past month have underscored, yet again, that efforts to manage the conflict are not a substitute for real progress towards resolving it. We must work immediately to lower tensions and maintain calm. In parallel, collective efforts are needed to address the conflict drivers. Reducing violence and halting settlement activity, while shoring up the Palestinian Authority’s fiscal stability and strengthening Palestinian institutions are crucial.”
8. Close up, Security Council President
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
“Why are the occupation forces there in the first place? This is what Israel hopes you will forget, that East Jerusalem is occupied and unlawfully annexed in breach of the UN Charter. Israel has no rightful claim or sovereignty over any part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. Israel has no authority over the Al Halamish Sharif while the historic and legal status quo must be upheld, and the authority of the Islamic Waqf and the custodianship of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan must be respected.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council, Tor Wennesland on screen
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“Iran, the Member State openly threatening Israel with annihilation, will have enough uranium for a nuclear bomb in weeks. How is it possible that the body tasked with global security does not dedicate the majority of this debate on the Middle East to the Iranian nuclear threat? Shouldn't prevent radical islamists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction a top priority of this Council? Try to imagine what the Middle East will look like when Iran terror proxies can operate under a nuclear umbrella.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council, Tor Wennesland on screen

FILE - NEW YORK CITY
13. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

STORYLINE:

The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, told the Security Council on Monday that the last month has been marked by violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and terror attacks in Israel, which have killed and injured scores of civilians.

With Muslims marking Ramadan and Christians and Jews celebrating Easter and Passover, Wennesland had hoped this month and its holy days would be “a peaceful and celebratory time”, but that didn’t happen.

He informed that “in Jerusalem, the situation remains relatively calm despite inflammatory rhetoric and violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli Security Forces (ISF) that have taken place at the Holy Sites.”

In Gaza, he explained, the launching of rockets is undermining the fragile stability that has prevailed since last May.

“Let me be clear: there is no justification for acts of terrorism or violence against civilians,” said the Special Envoy. “Violence, provocations and incitement must stop immediately and be unequivocally condemned by all. I also reiterate that political, religious and community leaders on all sides must do their part to reduce tensions, uphold the status quo at the Holy Sites, and ensure their sanctity is respected by all.”

For Wennesland, the violence and spiraling tensions of the past month “have underscored, yet again, that efforts to manage the conflict are not a substitute for real progress towards resolving it.”

He said the international community “must work immediately to lower tensions and maintain calm” and, in parallel, “collective efforts are needed to address the conflict drivers.”

Wennesland believes that “reducing violence and halting settlement activity, while shoring up the Palestinian Authority’s fiscal stability and strengthening Palestinian institutions are crucial.”

Addressing the Council, Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine, said that Israel hopes the international community will forget that “East Jerusalem is occupied and unlawfully annexed in breach of the UN Charter.”

According to him, “Israel has no rightful claim or sovereignty over any part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

The Permanent Representative to the United Nations of Israel, Gilad Erdan, told Council Members that “Iran, the Member State openly threatening Israel with annihilation, will have enough uranium for a nuclear bomb in weeks.”

And he asked: “How is it possible that the body tasked with global security does not dedicate the majority of this debate on the Middle East to the Iranian nuclear threat? Shouldn't prevent radical islamists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction a top priority of this Council?”

Erdan also asked Member States to “imagine what the Middle East will look like when Iran terror proxies can operate under a nuclear umbrella.”
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