UN / PALESTINE

23-Jul-2019 00:04:05
The US Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, told the Security Council that there was “no international consensus about Jerusalem” adding that no “interpretation of international law will persuade the United States or Israel that a city in which Jews have lived and worshipped for nearly 3,000 years and has been the capital of the Jewish State for 70 years, is not — today and forever — the capital of Israel.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / PALESTINE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

23 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary Di Carlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“I’d like to emphasize the severity of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the urgent need for tangible steps to reverse the negative trajectory. The circumstances will hardly ever be ideal for advancing peace. But let us do our utmost with conviction, hope and creativity to support the creation of those circumstances.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“All colonialists and powers of occupation throughout history tried many times, all the time, to replace the improvement of the living conditions of people with freedom; and they did not succeed in a single example. They will not succeed in the case of the Palestinian people, and we will never be the exception to the rule.”
6. Wide shot, Israeli ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The continuation of these criminal, inhumane actions, like all the crimes before them across over 70 years of this injustice, sow deep resentment, anger and pain among our people. And, the international community’s silence and inaction only deepen the hurt, despair and sense of abandonment. The colonization and annexation of our land, the suffocation of Gaza, the violence, terror and incitement against our people, the killing of our children, the imprisonment of our people, the assaults on our holy sites, the theft of our natural and financial resources, and the destruction of our future by Israel must be halted.”
8. Wide shot, ambassadors
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jason D. Greenblatt, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, United States:
“There is no international consensus about Jerusalem. And, no international consensus or interpretation of international law will persuade the United States or Israel that a city in which Jews have lived and worshipped for nearly 3,000 years and has been the capital of the Jewish State for 70 years, is not — today and forever — the capital of Israel.”
10. Wide shot, Palestinian ambassador
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jason D. Greenblatt, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, United States:
“It is true that the PLO and the Palestinian Authority continue to assert that East Jerusalem must be a capital for the Palestinians. But let’s remember: an aspiration is not a right. Please do not read into that statement anything about the content of the political portion of the plan. I am making a statement of fact. Aspirations belong at the negotiating table. And only direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians can resolve the issue of Jerusalem, if it can be resolved. It will not be resolved in this chamber, in this institution, or in any other capital around the world.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“We believe in the UN. We believe in UN Security Council Resolutions. For us, UN Security Council Resolutions are binding international law. As I said, we believe in the force of international law, we don’t believe in the force of the strongest. So, for us, international law is not menu a la cart.”
14. Wide shot, ambassadors
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations:
“How could one create peace, when one does not believe in international law and international humanitarian law? And if we don’t believe in international law and Security Council Resolutions, then let us all together throw this beautiful United Nations Charter to the East River.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The US Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, told the Security Council that there was “no international consensus about Jerusalem” adding that no “interpretation of international law will persuade the United States or Israel that a city in which Jews have lived and worshipped for nearly 3,000 years and has been the capital of the Jewish State for 70 years, is not — today and forever — the capital of Israel.”

Addressing the Council today (23 Jul), Greenblatt said international consensus is too often nothing more than a mask for inaction. He stressed that if international consensus had been able to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it would have done so decades ago, adding that conflict was also not going to be resolved by reference to international law when such law is inconclusive.

Greenblatt underscored that the constant reference to heavily negotiated, purposely ambiguously worded Security Council resolutions is nothing more than a cloak to avoid substantive debate about the realities on the ground and the complexity of the conflict.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jason D. Greenblatt, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, United States:
“It is true that the PLO and the Palestinian Authority continue to assert that East Jerusalem must be a capital for the Palestinians. But let’s remember: an aspiration is not a right. Please do not read into that statement anything about the content of the political portion of the plan. I am making a statement of fact. Aspirations belong at the negotiating table. And only direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians can resolve the issue of Jerusalem, if it can be resolved. It will not be resolved in this chamber, in this institution, or in any other capital around the world.”

The US Special Representative said this did not mean that Palestinians could not aspire to have a capital in East Jerusalem, with creative solutions that attempt to respect all three religions that cherish this incredible city; but he said that if there was to be such a solution, only the parties themselves, through direct negotiations, could work it out.

Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour said respect for the law and human rights and establishment of justice are the only way forward to resolve the conflict adding that those say otherwise are setting up Palestinians, Israelis, and the entire region for decades more of suffering and insecurity.

SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“All colonialists and powers of occupation throughout history tried many times, all the time, to replace the improvement of the living conditions of people with freedom; and they did not succeed in a single example. They will not succeed in the case of the Palestinian people, and we will never be the exception to the rule.”

Mansour called for accountability and reparations for the families displaced by the Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes yesterday in the Wai al-Hummus area of Jerusalem, adding that Israel was not the sovereign in any part of the Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

Mansour stressed that illegal land grab is always the Israeli objective despite declared objectives such as closed military areas, green areas, new archeological sites, a new road or a new tunnel. He said no amount of spin or propaganda could hide the fact that this is being done in grave breach of international humanitarian law amounting to massive collective punishment.

SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The continuation of these criminal, inhumane actions, like all the crimes before them across over 70 years of this injustice, sow deep resentment, anger and pain among our people. And, the international community’s silence and inaction only deepen the hurt, despair and sense of abandonment. The colonization and annexation of our land, the suffocation of Gaza, the violence, terror and incitement against our people, the killing of our children, the imprisonment of our people, the assaults on our holy sites, the theft of our natural and financial resources, and the destruction of our future by Israel must be halted.”

German ambassador Christoph Heusgen said his country believes in the UN and Security Council Resolutions, which it considers “binding international law.” He said, “we believe in the force of international law, we don’t believe in the force of the strongest. So, for us, international law is not menu a la cart.”

Heusgen said Germany would not recognize any changes to the 1967 lines except for those agreed by the parties through negotiations. He also condemned all attacks on Israel and stressed that Germany would not remain silent when Israeli security was threatened.

Indonesian ambassador Dian Djani ask how a conducive environment for peace could be created when settlement activities continued, and Palestinian homes were being demolished, among other human rights violations.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations:
“How could one create peace, when one does not believe in international law and international humanitarian law? And if we don’t believe in international law and Security Council Resolutions, then let us all together throw this beautiful United Nations Charter to the East River.”

Speaking earlier, UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continued to be locked in a dangerous paralysis that is fueling extremism and exacerbating tensions. She told the Council that we must work together to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table in order to resolve the conflict on the basis of international law, relevant UN resolutions and previous agreements.

DiCarlo noted the ‘Peace to Prosperity’ economic workshop that took place in Bahrain adding that humanitarian and economic support for the Palestinian population is crucial to creating an environment conducive to viable negotiation. She said such measures should be followed by a comprehensive peace agreement that addresses all final status issues.

The UN political chief emphasized “the severity of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the urgent need for tangible steps to reverse the negative trajectory.” She said, “The circumstances will hardly ever be ideal for advancing peace. But let us do our utmost with conviction, hope and creativity to support the creation of those circumstances.”
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