UN / GAZA ISRAEL

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The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, warned the Security Council today that “the situation in the Middle East is growing more dire by the hour” and “the war in Gaza is raging and risks spiraling throughout the region.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

24 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The situation in the Middle East is growing more dire by the hour. The war in Gaza is raging and risks spiraling throughout the region. Divisions are splintering societies. Tensions threaten to boil over.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Nothing can justify the deliberate killing, injuring and kidnapping of civilians – or the launching of rockets against civilian targets. All hostages must be treated humanely and released immediately and without conditions.”
6. Med shot, Guterres addresses the Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum. The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.”
8. Med shot, Guterres addresses the Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza. Let me be clear: No party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law.”
10. Med shot, Guterres addresses the Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Thankfully, some humanitarian relief is finally getting into Gaza. But it is a drop of aid in an ocean of need. In addition, our UN fuel supplies in Gaza will run out in a matter of days. That would be another disaster.”
12. Med shot, Guterres addresses the Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“To ease epic suffering, make the delivery of aid easier and safer, and facilitate the release of hostages, I reiterate my appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.”
14. Med shot, Guterres addresses the Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Even in this moment of grave and immediate danger, we cannot lose sight of the only realistic foundation for a true peace and stability: a two-State solution.”
16. Med shot, Guterres addresses the Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Polarization and dehumanization are being fueled by a tsunami of disinformation. We must stand up to the forces of antisemitism, anti-Muslim bigotry and all forms of hate.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“The risk of a significant further deterioration of the situation in the occupied West Bank or spillover of the conflict in the region remains significant.”
20. Wide shot, Security Council
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“It is critical, that we, as a united international community, employ all our collective efforts to end the bloodletting and prevent any further expansion of hostilities – including in the region. The stakes are astronomically high and I appeal for all relevant actors to act responsibly. Any miscalculation could have immeasurable consequences.”
22. Wide shot, Security Council
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“The unresolved conflict and continued occupation shape the reality of every Israeli and every Palestinian. For 15 years, the population has been living under militant rule and a strict closure regime, as the Palestinian divide hardened. For a generation, hope has been lost and despair has prevailed for those who see prospects for a more peaceful future pulling still further away. Only a political solution will move us forward.”
24. Wide shot, Security Council
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Hastings, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory:
“Agreement on the resumption of aid deliveries through the Rafah crossing and the release of a small number of hostages over the past few days shows that through diplomacy and negotiation, humanity can prevail and we can find humanitarian solutions, even in the depths of conflict.”
26. Wide shot, Security Council
27. SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Hastings, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory:
“If we are to prevent any further descent into this humanitarian catastrophe, dialogue must continue – to ensure essential supplies can get into Gaza at the scale needed, to spare civilians and the infrastructure they depend on, to release hostages, and to avoid any further escalation and spillover. The world is looking to the Member States around this Council to play its part in leading the way.”
28. Med shot, Council members
29. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Observer State of Palestine:
“We are here today to stop the killing, stop the massacres being committed against the Palestinian people.T he ongoing massacres - being deliberately and systematically and savagely – perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian civilian population under its illegal occupation must be stopped. The Security Council has a duty to stop them. The international community is obliged under international law to stop them. It is our collective human duty to stop them. Now. Continued failure at this Council is inexcusable.”
30. Med shot, Al-Maliki addresses the Council
31. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Observer State of Palestine:
“What Israel is doing is constant with its belief that we are sub humans or human animals, as they put it. But surely you don't share that belief. You do not believe our lives are less worthy, less sacred, more expendable. So imagine what you would do if bombs were falling on Israel, killing civilians by the thousands, and then ask why is this any different?”
32. Wide shot, Security Council
33. SOUNDBITE (English) Eli Cohen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Israel:
“Young babies, children are being held in Gaza. This is beyond imagination. A living nightmare. Ofri, 10 years old. Avigail, three years old. Maya 17 years old. Raz, four years old. Aviv, two years old. Ariel, four years old. Kfir, little Kfir, only nine months. Yuval, eight years old. Ofir, 17 years old. They are are just a few. A few of the many children and babies that have not seen evil, they have not caused evil, but they are victims of evil.”
34. Med shot, Cohen addresses the Council
35. SOUNDBITE (English) Eli Cohen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Israel:
“After the most vicious and brutal terror attack in the modern history, if all nations do not stand decisively, and clearly, by the innocent orfans left alone in the world, by the kids that were slaughtered while dancing at sunrise, by the Holocaust survivors murdered or kidnapped. Stand by Israel on our mission to eliminate the monsters from the face of the earth.”
36. Med shot, Guterres and Security Council president listen to speeches

STORYLINE:

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, warned the Security Council today that “the situation in the Middle East is growing more dire by the hour” and “the war in Gaza is raging and risks spiraling throughout the region.”

Addressing the Council in New York, the UN chief added that “divisions are splintering societies” and “tensions threaten to boil over.”

Guterres said, “Nothing can justify the deliberate killing, injuring and kidnapping of civilians – or the launching of rockets against civilian targets. All hostages must be treated humanely and released immediately and without conditions.”

The Secretary-General continued, “It is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum. The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.”

“I am deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza. Let me be clear: No party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law,” added Guterres.

“Thankfully,” the UN chief noted, “some humanitarian relief is finally getting into Gaza.”

He noted, though, that it is “a drop of aid in an ocean of need” and informed that the UN fuel supplies in Gaza will run out “in a matter of days”, which “would be another disaster.”

Guterres added, “To ease epic suffering, make the delivery of aid easier and safer, and facilitate the release of hostages, I reiterate my appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.”

For the Secretary-General, “even in this moment of grave and immediate danger, we cannot lose sight of the only realistic foundation for a true peace and stability: a two-State solution.”

Guterres concluded, “Polarization and dehumanization are being fueled by a tsunami of disinformation. We must stand up to the forces of antisemitism, anti-Muslim bigotry and all forms of hate.”

Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, also addressed the Council, saying, that the risk of a significant further deterioration of the situation in the occupied West Bank or spillover of the conflict in the region “remains significant.”

Wennesland said, “It is critical, that we, as a united international community, employ all our collective efforts to end the bloodletting and prevent any further expansion of hostilities – including in the region. The stakes are astronomically high and I appeal for all relevant actors to act responsibly. Any miscalculation could have immeasurable consequences.”

The Special Coordinator also said, “The unresolved conflict and continued occupation shape the reality of every Israeli and every Palestinian. For 15 years, the population has been living under militant rule and a strict closure regime, as the Palestinian divide hardened. For a generation, hope has been lost and despair has prevailed for those who see prospects for a more peaceful future pulling still further away. Only a political solution will move us forward.”

The Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Lynn Hastings, said, “The agreement on the resumption of aid deliveries through the Rafah crossing and the release of a small number of hostages over the past few days shows that through diplomacy and negotiation, humanity can prevail and we can find humanitarian solutions, even in the depths of conflict.”

Hastings noted, “If we are to prevent any further descent into this humanitarian catastrophe, dialogue must continue – to ensure essential supplies can get into Gaza at the scale needed, to spare civilians and the infrastructure they depend on, to release hostages, and to avoid any further escalation and spillover. The world is looking to the Member States around this Council to play its part in leading the way.”

Addressing the Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Observer State of Palestine, Riyad Al-Maliki, said, “We are here today to stop the killing, stop the massacres being committed against the Palestinian people. The ongoing massacres - being deliberately and systematically and savagely – perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian civilian population under its illegal occupation must be stopped.”

According to the Minister, “the Security Council has a duty to stop them” and “the international community is obliged under international law to stop them.”

“It is our collective human duty to stop them. Now. Continued failure at this Council is inexcusable,” added Al-Maliki.

The Minister also said, “What Israel is doing is constant with its belief that we are sub humans or human animals, as they put it. But surely you don't share that belief. You do not believe our lives are less worthy, less sacred, more expendable. So imagine what you would do if bombs were falling on Israel, killing civilians by the thousands, and then ask why is this any different?”

Holding pictures of children being held hostage in Gaza and saying their names and ages out loud, Eli Cohen, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Israel, said this situation “is beyond imagination” and “a living nightmare.”

As he finished saying their names, the Minister said, “They are are just a few. A few of the many children and babies that have not seen evil, they have not caused evil, but they are victims of evil.”

Cohen concluded, “After the most vicious and brutal terror attack in the modern history, if all nations do not stand decisively, and clearly, by the innocent orfans left alone in the world, by the kids that were slaughtered while dancing at sunrise, by the Holocaust survivors murdered or kidnapped. Stand by Israel on our mission to eliminate the monsters from the face of the earth.”
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