UN / PALESTINE HUMAN RIGHTS

11-Nov-2015 00:02:15
A Palestinian delegate said the international community was failing the people of Palestine, during the presentation of a UN report on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of Palestinians. UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / PALESTINE HUMAN RIGHTS
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SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 NOVEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

11 NOVEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, meeting in progress
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The impact has been devastating for Palestinian society, scarring generations and deepening hopelessness and diminishing conviction in the promise for peace and has severely fragmented the unity and contiguity of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, physically destroying the two state-solution based on the pre-1967 borders, and has fomented cycles of violence and instability leading to loss of innocent civilian lives as we are tragically witnessing today.”
4. Med shot, meeting in progress
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The situation has undermined international law and the international system as a whole, as the international community continues to permit Israeli impunity and to fail the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice and their rights.”
6. Wide shot, meeting in progress
7. SOUNDBITE (English)
“Israel message in this regard is clear: We want to achieve a lasting peace that would end the conflict once and for all. Israel supports and seeks to promote the vision of two states for two people.”
8. Med shot, meeting in progress
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Sharoni, Policy Advisor at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
“Israel has repeatedly called for the resumption of talks and expressed our readiness to meet with Arab leaders and Palestinian leadership in order to advance the peace process. Unfortunately the Palestinian side consistently refuses to return to the negotiating table. How can Israel make peace with the Palestinian partner who refuses to even sit at the negotiating table?”
10. Med shot, meeting in progress
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Charles Radcliffe, Deputy to the Head Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The report concludes that Israeli settlement-related activities and settler violence are at the core of many of the violation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including in East Jerusalem. The report points out that settlement expansion takes multiple forms, and is encouraged by the Israeli authorities in stark contravention of international law.”
12. Wide shot, meeting in progress
STORYLINE
A Palestinian delegate said today (11 Nov) the international community was failing the people of Palestine, during the presentation of a United Nations report on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of Palestinians.

Addressing representatives from 18 countries at the 70th session of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee in New York, Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN, said that the impact of the ongoing Israeli occupation had been “devastating for Palestinian society”.

Abdelhady-Nasser said the policies and human rights abuses conducted by the “occupying power” had “severely fragmented the unity and contiguity of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, physically destroying the two state-solution based on the pre-1967 borders, and has fomented cycles of violence and instability leading to loss of innocent civilian lives as we are tragically witnessing today.”

She also criticised the international community for permitting “Israeli impunity” and for failing the Palestinian people “in their struggle for freedom, justice and their rights.”

Policy Advisor at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Benjamin Sharoni shook off criticism saying that Israel wanted to achieve pace, and that it supported and promoted “the vision of two states for two people.”

However, he said efforts made by Israeli authorities to end to the conflict had been hampered by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal to return to the negotiating table.

“How can Israel make peace with the Palestinian partner who refuses to even sit at the negotiating table?,” Sharoni asked.

Introducing the findings of one of the five reports prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at the request of the General Assembly, the Deputy of the Head of the OHCHR said that some of the activities of Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories were in “stark contravention of international law”.

“The report concludes that Israeli settlement-related activities and settler violence are at the core of many of the violation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including in East Jerusalem. The report points out that settlement expansion takes multiple forms, and is encouraged by the Israeli authorities in stark contravention of international law,” Charles Radcliffe told delegates.
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