UN / PALESTINE

15-May-2018 00:04:17
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov told the Security Council Monday was a “day of tragedy” for the people of Gaza and added, “There is no justification for the killing. There is no excuse. It serves no one. It certainly does not serve the cause of peace.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / PALESTINE
TRT: 04:17
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 15 MAY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

15 MAY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council standing for moment of silence
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“For the people of Gaza yesterday was a day of tragedy. There are no other words with which to describe what happened. There is no justification for the killing. There is no excuse. It serves no one. It certainly does not serve the cause of peace.”
4. Med shot, Palestinian ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Hamas has attacked the Kerem Shalom crossing, the biggest entry point in Gaza for fuel, food, and medical supplies. This is how determined they are to make the lives of the Palestinian people miserable. They light Molotov cocktails attached to kites on fire and attempt to fly them into Israel to cause as much destruction as possible. When asked yesterday why he put a swastika on his burning kite, the terrorist responded, ‘The Jews go crazy when you mention Hitler.’”
6. Med shot, Israeli ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
(Soundbite starts under cutaway) “What would your countries do? Would they accept that the Security Council remain paralyzed, doing nothing in the face of these crimes and massacres which are organized by the cowardly Israeli occupation authority, which is hiding in the hills some one kilometre away from the civilians in Gaza; sniping them, bombing them with planes and canons, and is carrying out the most horrendous actions a heavily armed occupation can do against the civilian population of Gaza.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“Today, with a heavy heart, the beloved Gaza strip is bidding farewell to more of our kin, our youth, and our children who came out peacefully to protest the miserable life they are living which is unjustly and aggressively imposed on them by the Israeli occupation. They came out to express their rejection of humiliation, subjugation, and servitude, and to demand their legitimate rights including their right to self-determination and the right to return.”
10. Med shot, Israeli ambassador
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“Half million a people protested in Washington against the use of firearms in schools. There were children, families and all kinds of people in the protest. This is allowed for these countries, however when this is done by Palestinians in Gaza and in the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory, it is considered the use of children as human shields. We refuse this racist logic which make us to be people who are not part of humanity.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Their cycle of death works like this. First, they incite people to violence. Then they place as many civilians as possible, including women and children in the line of fire to maximize civilian casualties. Then, they blame Israel, and then they come here to complain to the UN. This is the deadly game the Palestinians play, and they play it at the expense of innocent children.”
14. Pan right, Israeli ambassador approaching stakeout
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“This image is footage from the fire at Kerem Shalom. Take a long hard look at it and understand this: Had the rioters broken the fence yesterday and infiltrated Israel, there can be no doubt that the damage to Israeli towns, kibbutzim, and villages would have looked exactly like this.”
16. Wide shot, Israeli ambassador at stakeout
STORYLINE
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council Monday was a “day of tragedy” for the people of Gaza and added, “There is no justification for the killing. There is no excuse. It serves no one. It certainly does not serve the cause of peace.”

Addressing the Council via teleconference from Jerusalem, Mladenov said Israel had a responsibility to calibrate its use of force, and not use lethal force except as a last resort and under imminent threat of death or serious injury. He noted that Israeli must protect its borders from infiltration and terrorism, but it must do so proportionally and investigate, in an independent and transparent manner, every incident that has led to a loss of human life. Mladenov added that Hamas, which controls Gaza, must not use the protests as a cover to attempt to place bombs at the border fence and create provocations. He stressed that Hamas operatives must not hide among the demonstrators and risk the lives of civilians.

United States ambassador Nikki Haley said double standard in the Security Council was working overtime today in the Council. She said Iranian backed violence should occupy the Council’s attention, including its presence in Syria, its support for terrorism in Yemen, and its weapons build up in Lebanon.

Haley said Hamas was determined "to make the lives of the Palestinian people miserable” by attacking the Kerem Shalom crossing, the biggest entry point in Gaza for fuel, food, and medical supplies. She said Hamas was a terrorist organization which had been inciting violence for years. She added, “They light Molotov cocktails attached to kites on fire and attempt to fly them into Israel to cause as much destruction as possible. When asked yesterday why he put a swastika on his burning kite, the terrorist responded, ‘The Jews go crazy when you mention Hitler.’”

The US ambassador said no country in the Security Council would act with more restraint than Israel has in the face of such activity at its border. She stressed that the US embassy move does not undermine prospects for peace in any way adding that the move was a cause of celebration for the American people as it reflects their will and the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour called for an investigation into the deaths in Gaza adding that the Palestinian leadership accepts the results of such an investigation in advance. He called on the Council to provide protection to the Palestinian people after Israel has abdicated that responsibility as the occupying power.

Mansour asked Members if their countries, faced with a similar circumstance, would accept that the Security Council “remain paralyzed, doing nothing in the face of these crimes and massacres.” He said the “cowardly” Israeli occupation authority, was “hiding in the hills some one kilometre away from the civilians in Gaza; sniping them, bombing them with planes and canons, and is carrying out the most horrendous actions a heavily armed occupation can do against the civilian population of Gaza.”

The Palestinian ambassador said, “Today, with a heavy heart, the beloved Gaza strip is bidding farewell to more of our kin, our youth, and our children who came out peacefully to protest the miserable life they are living which is unjustly and aggressively imposed on them by the Israeli occupation; they came out to express their rejection of humiliation, subjugation, and servitude, and to demand their legitimate rights including their right to self-determination and the right to return.”

Mansour rejected the argument that children were being used as human shields in the occupied territory. He noted, “Half million a people protested in Washington against the use of firearms in schools; there were children, families and all kinds of people in the protest; this is allowed for these countries, however when this is done by Palestinians in Gaza and in the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory, it is considered the use of children as human shields.” He said Palestinians refuse this “racist logic which make us to be people who are not part of humanity.”

Israeli ambassador Danny Danon said Israel was not facing protesters, rather it was facing violent rioters throwing Molotov cocktails which have lit fires in Israel agricultural lands and planting explosive devices at the Gaza fence. He said Hamas has taken the people of Gaza hostage and was using protesters as human shields. He stressed that heavily armed Hamas militants were given instruction to cross into Israel and kidnap civilians if the fence was breached.

Danon said the Palestinian leadership’s “cycle of death works like this: First, they incite people to violence. Then they place as many civilians as possible, including women and children in the line of fire to maximize civilian casualties. Then, they blame Israel, and then they come here to complain to the UN. This is the deadly game the Palestinians play, and they play it at the expense of innocent children.”

Speaking earlier to reporters, the Israeli ambassador said Hamas was committing war crimes against both Israelis and Palestinians. He showed journalists an image of the Kerem Shalom crossing in flames adding, “Had the rioters broken the fence yesterday and infiltrated Israel, there can be no doubt that the damage to Israeli towns, kibbutzim, and villages would have looked exactly like this.”
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