UN / PALESTINE ISRAEL

28-Jul-2021 00:03:34
Lynn Hastings, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council, “Beyond the human tragedy for both Palestinians and Israelis, and the physical damage of eleven days of fighting, the economic impact of the escalation in May has further exacerbated the existing humanitarian crisis and severely weakened Gaza’s economy.” UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

28 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Hastings, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator:
“Beyond the human tragedy for both Palestinians and Israelis, and the physical damage of eleven days of fighting, the economic impact of the escalation in May has further exacerbated the existing humanitarian crisis and severely weakened Gaza’s economy.”
4.Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Hastings, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator:
“I underscore that all perpetrators of violence must be held accountable and swiftly brought to justice. I also call on Israeli security forces to ensure the protection of Palestinians, in line with Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Hastings, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator:
“I call on the Palestinian Authority to ensure that the death of Nizar Banat and all allegations of use of disproportionate force against protestors by Palestinian Security Forces are investigated in a thorough, transparent and independent manner and those responsible held to account. The Palestinian people must be able to exercise their rights to freedom of expression, opinion and peaceful assembly. Arbitrary and politically motivated arrests must cease.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Hastings, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator:
“I remain concerned about the financial situation of UNRWA. As of today, the projected shortfall under its Programme Budget amounts to USD 100m. The Agency also faces an imminent cash flow crisis which risks impacting the smooth opening of the school year for half a million girls and boys in Gaza. The absence of a fully funded Programme Budget also undermines UNRWA’s capacity to conduct much needed humanitarian and early recovery activities in Gaza. I appeal once again to all donors, including those from the Arab region, to sustain the funding levels of past years and advance disbursements of funds as much as possible to avoid a disruption of essential services and humanitarian aid.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
“This Council has called on the parties to demonstrate in word and practice their commitment to peace. Occupation and peace cannot coexist. They are mutually exclusive, advancing peace requires ending the occupation. Peace is at stake as we speak in Sheikh Jarrah, as we heard, and Silwan as occupation continues creeping into our homes.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Rather than singling out Israel for attack, once again, there are many things that this Council can and should do for the stability, security and the future of the region. It should reject Hamas’ narrative on Jerusalem and hold it accountable for using the people of Gaza as human shields. It should insist the Palestinian Authority end its rejectionism and financing of terror, and finally agree to a dialogue, a dialogue with Israel with no pre-conditions. Palestinian pressure at the UN can never lead to a viable solution, only good faith, bilateral talks, and people to people ties can move us forward on the path to peace.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Lynn Hastings, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council, “Beyond the human tragedy for both Palestinians and Israelis, and the physical damage of eleven days of fighting, the economic impact of the escalation in May has further exacerbated the existing humanitarian crisis and severely weakened Gaza’s economy.”

Speaking to the Council via a video link today (28 Jul), Hastings said that International efforts – coordinated by the United Nations – to implement the humanitarian response and stabilize the situation on the ground in Gaza are well underway. Thus far, some 45 million of a requested 95 million dollars has been raised for the consolidated humanitarian flash appeal published by the UN in May.

The Deputy Special Coordinator also said violence continued across the Occupied Palestinian Territory. She underscored that “all perpetrators of violence must be held accountable and swiftly brought to justice.”

Hastings also called on Israeli security forces to “ensure the protection of Palestinians, in line with Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.”

The Deputy Special Coordinator also called on the Palestinian Authority to “ensure that the death of Nizar Banat and all allegations of use of disproportionate force against protestors by Palestinian Security Forces are investigated in a thorough, transparent and independent manner and those responsible held to account.”

She continued, “The Palestinian people must be able to exercise their rights to freedom of expression, opinion and peaceful assembly. Arbitrary and politically motivated arrests must cease.”

Hastings also remained concerned about the financial situation of UNRWA, and noted that, “As of today, the projected shortfall under its Programme Budget amounts to USD 100 millions.”

She said, “The Agency also faces an imminent cash flow crisis which risks impacting the smooth opening of the school year for half a million girls and boys in Gaza.”

The Deputy Special Coordinator reiterated, “The absence of a fully funded Programme Budget also undermines UNRWA’s capacity to conduct much needed humanitarian and early recovery activities in Gaza.”

She appealed once again to all donors, “including those from the Arab region, to sustain the funding levels of past years and advance disbursements of funds as much as possible to avoid a disruption of essential services and humanitarian aid.”

Also addressing the Council, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN said, “Occupation and peace cannot coexist. They are mutually exclusive, advancing peace requires ending the occupation.”

He added, “Peace is at stake as we speak in Sheikh Jarrah, as we heard, and Silwan as occupation continues creeping into our homes.”

For his part, Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan told the Council, “Rather than singling out Israel for attack, once again, there are many things that this Council can and should do for the stability, security and the future of the region.”

He also said, “It should reject Hamas’ narrative on Jerusalem and hold it accountable for using the people of Gaza as human shields. It should insist the Palestinian Authority end its rejectionism and financing of terror, and finally agree to a dialogue, a dialogue with Israel with no pre-conditions.”

Ambassador Erdan added, “Palestinian pressure at the UN can never lead to a viable solution, only good faith, bilateral talks, and people to people ties can move us forward on the path to peace.”
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