UN / INTERNATIONAL DAY SOLIDARITY PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

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In a message delivered by the Deputy Secretary-General during an event marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the Secretary-General said that this is a day for reaffirming international solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to live in peace and dignity. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 29 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

29 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, ECOSOC room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, the United Nations:
“As we mark this annual occasion for the 45th time, we must reflect on our collective failure to realize the inalienable rights of Palestinian people and enable them to live in peace and dignity. For the past six days, the gun support and silence. We have seen the release of Israeli and foreign hostages held by Hamas, and others since the 7th of October, and the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. This is a glimmer of hope, in the darkness. The dialogue that led to this agreement must continue leading to a full humanitarian ceasefire.”
4. Med shot, ECOSOC room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, the United Nations:
“Above all, this is a day for reaffirming international solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to live in peace and dignity. That must start with a long-term humanitarian ceasefire, unrestricted access for lifesaving aid, the release of all hostages, the protection of civilians and an end to violations of international humanitarian law. We must be united in demanding an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza. It is long past time to move in a determined, irreversible way towards a two-State solution, on the basis of United Nations resolutions and international law, with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security with Jerusalem as the capital of both States. The United Nations will not waver in its commitment to the Palestinian people.”
6. Med shot, ECOSOC room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly:
“Indeed – seventy-five years ago – the situation in the Middle East marked the first significant crisis for the newly established United Nations. The situation not only remains unresolved, but it is deteriorating before our very eyes at an alarming rate – with innocent civilians, especially women, children, and the elderly, bearing the brunt of drawn-out violence, deprivation, and uncertainty.”
8. Med shot, ECOSOC room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, State of Palestine:
“The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, it comes at a time where our people in the Gaza Strip are facing an existential threat. And that deliberate and systematic targeting of civilians. Since the 7th of October, the Israeli occupying forces have committed horrific international crimes including war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
10. Med shot, ECOSOC room
11. Various shots, exhibit “Palestine – a Land with a People” at UNHQ

STORYLINE:

In a message delivered by the Deputy Secretary-General during an event marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the Secretary-General said that this is a day for reaffirming international solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to live in peace and dignity.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was held today (29 Nov) in New York.

Delivering a statement on behalf of the Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, said, “As we mark this annual occasion for the 45th time, we must reflect on our collective failure to realize the inalienable rights of Palestinian people and enable them to live in peace and dignity.”

She continued, “for the past six days, the gun support and silence. We have seen the release of Israeli and foreign hostages held by Hamas, and others since the 7th of October, and the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. This is a glimmer of hope, in the darkness. The dialogue that led to this agreement must continue leading to a full humanitarian ceasefire.”

Amina J. Mohammed added, “Above all, this is a day for reaffirming international solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to live in peace and dignity. That must start with a long-term humanitarian ceasefire, unrestricted access for lifesaving aid, the release of all hostages, the protection of civilians and an end to violations of international humanitarian law. We must be united in demanding an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza.”

She concluded, “It is long past time to move in a determined, irreversible way towards a two-State solution, on the basis of United Nations resolutions and international law, with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security with Jerusalem as the capital of both States. The United Nations will not waver in its commitment to the Palestinian people.”

Also addressing the meeting today, the President of the 78th session of the General Assembly Dennis Francis said, “Indeed – seventy-five years ago – the situation in the Middle East marked the first significant crisis for the newly established United Nations.”

He continued, “the situation not only remains unresolved, but it is deteriorating before our very eyes at an alarming rate – with innocent civilians, especially women, children, and the elderly, bearing the brunt of drawn-out violence, deprivation, and uncertainty.”

Speaking on behalf the Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, Riyad H. Mansour, Palestinian Ambassador, said, “The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, it comes at a time where our people in the Gaza Strip are facing an existential threat. And that deliberate and systematic targeting of civilians.”

He added, “Since the 7th of October, the Israeli occupying forces have committed horrific international crimes including war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

Also, today in New York, an exhibit entitled “Palestine – a Land with a People” was opened to visitors. The exhibit commemorates the Palestinian Nakba (meaning catastrophe), a deeply traumatic event which took place during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, when more than half of the Palestinian people were expelled from, or fled their homes and became refugees.

In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B). On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II))
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