UN / PALESTINIAN QUESTION

27-Jun-2023 00:06:09
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland said that he remains “gravely concerned” by the escalating spiral of violence in the occupied West Bank. He condemned “all acts of violence against civilians, including all acts of terror, which exacerbate mistrust and undermine a peaceful resolution to the conflict.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 27 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

27 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“I remain gravely concerned by the escalating spiral of violence we are witnessing in the occupied West Bank. I condemn all acts of violence against civilians, including all acts of terror, which exacerbate mistrust and undermine a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The violence must stop and all perpetrators must be held accountable.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“Israel, as the occupying Power, has an obligation to protect Palestinians and their property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and to ensure prompt, independent, impartial, and transparent investigations into all acts of violence. I reiterate that security forces must exercise maximum restraint, apply proportional use of force and use lethal force only when it is strictly unavoidable in order to protect life, and conduct thorough, independent, impartial, and prompt investigations into all instances of possible excessive use of force.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“I strongly condemn inciteful, provocative statements from officials on both sides that further enflame the volatile situation on the ground.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“Israeli settlements constitute a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions and international law. I call on the Government of Israel to cease the advancement of all settlement activity immediately.
I call upon the Government of Israel to end the demolition of Palestinian-owned property and prevent the possible displacement and eviction of Palestinians, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian and international human rights law.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“I urge all leaders to put on the brakes and rethink the options. The choice is clear: either continue along the downward spiral of violence and provocations leading to a political vacuum; or turn towards constructive dialogue linked to concrete actions that can create hope and a political horizon.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“This reality of Palestinian terror fueled by the nonstop incitement and the incentivization of violence that is spilled at all levels of Palestinian leadership is the root cause of this conflict and any escalation and it is precisely this vile hatred that the council continuously ignores.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“So distinguished council members, I ask, why do we hold these repetitive discussions if the root of the problem is constantly ignored? How can this council possibly aim to prevent violence if even the sick practice of rewarding terrorists isn't condemned or address at each of these meetings, the focus is completely skewed instead of recognizing the truth – the Palestinian incitement and hate fuel the acceleration of violence – most of you prefer to blame Israel.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“The Palestinian people are faced with an existential threat. And they are every day more convinced that there is no help on the way. Show them that help is on the way, you, the mighty Security Council of the United Nations. You, the mighty international community, show them that help is on the way.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“Palestine is an indicator of how well or how ill the international-based order is. They see in our faith, the proof of double standards and injustice, of the fact this system is designed to work for some and not others. It creates grievances far beyond Palestine, it entrenches mistrust and misunderstandings. We should be standing shoulder to shoulder, together, finding ways to provide protection, pursue accountability, achieve justice, so that freedom, and peace can prevail.”
20. Wide shot, Security Council
21. Wide shot, Ambassador Nusseibeh walking to the podium
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Arab Emirates (UAE):
“The members of the council expressed sorrow for the loss of civilian lives. They recalled the presidential statement adopted on 20th February 2023, including their call for full respect for international humanitarian law and the protection of the civilian population. They emphasized the obligations and commitments of Israeli and Palestinian authorities to fight and condemn terrorism in all its forms in a manner consistent with international law. They further emphasized the importance of holding accountable those responsible for such acts of violence. The members of the Security Council encouraged additional steps to restore a durable calm and de-escalate tensions and called on authorities to refrain from unilateral actions that further inflame tensions. They further urged for restraint to reduce tension and prevent further escalation.”
23. Wide shot, Ambassador Nusseibeh leaving the podium
STORYLINE
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland said that he remains “gravely concerned” by the escalating spiral of violence in the occupied West Bank. He condemned “all acts of violence against civilians, including all acts of terror, which exacerbate mistrust and undermine a peaceful resolution to the conflict.”

The Special Coordinator today (27 Jun) briefed the Council on the twenty-sixth report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334.

Since the submission of the written report, there has been an alarming spike in violence across the northern and central occupied West Bank, leading to numerous Palestinian and Israeli casualties, Wennesland said.

The Special Coordinator highlighted several observations regarding the implementation of the provisions of Resolution 2334 during the reporting period.

He expressed that he is particularly alarmed by the extreme levels of settler violence, including large numbers of settlers, many armed, systematically attacking Palestinian villages, terrorizing communities, sometimes in the proximity of and/or with the support of Israeli security forces.

Wennesland said, “Israel, as the occupying Power, has an obligation to protect Palestinians and their property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and to ensure prompt, independent, impartial, and transparent investigations into all acts of violence.”

He reiterated, “security forces must exercise maximum restraint, apply proportional use of force and use lethal force only when it is strictly unavoidable in order to protect life, and conduct thorough, independent, impartial, and prompt investigations into all instances of possible excessive use of force.”

The Special Coordinator also “strongly” condemned “inciteful, provocative statements from officials on both sides that further enflame the volatile situation on the ground.”

On the expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Wennesland said, “Israeli settlements constitute a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions and international law.”

He called on the Government of Israel to “cease the advancement of all settlement activity immediately.”

Wennesland also called upon the Government of Israel to “end the demolition of Palestinian-owned property and prevent the possible displacement and eviction of Palestinians, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian and international human rights law.”

The Special Coordinator concluded his briefing by urging all leaders to “put on the brakes and rethink the options.”

“The choice is clear: either continue along the downward spiral of violence and provocations leading to a political vacuum; or turn towards constructive dialogue linked to concrete actions that can create hope and a political horizon,” he said.

Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan told the Council, “This reality of Palestinian terror fueled by the nonstop incitement and the incentivization of violence that is spilled at all levels of Palestinian leadership is the root cause of this conflict and any escalation and it is precisely this vile hatred that the council continuously ignores.”

Ambassador Erdan asked the Council members, “why do we hold these repetitive discussions if the root of the problem is constantly ignored? How can this council possibly aim to prevent violence if even the sick practice of rewarding terrorists isn't condemned or address at each of these meetings, the focus is completely skewed instead of recognizing the truth – the Palestinian incitement and hate fuel the acceleration of violence – most of you prefer to blame Israel.”

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour reiterated to the Council that the Palestinian people are “faced with an existential threat. And they are every day more convinced that there is no help on the way.”

Ambassador Mansour urged the Council, “Show them that help is on the way, you, the mighty Security Council of the United Nations. You, the mighty international community, show them that help is on the way.”

He also said, “Palestine is an indicator of how well or how ill the international-based order is.”

Ambassador Mansour continued, “They see in our faith, the proof of double standards and injustice, of the fact this system is designed to work for some and not others, adding that “it creates grievances far beyond Palestine, it entrenches mistrust and misunderstandings.”

He reiterated, “We should be standing shoulder to shoulder, together, finding ways to provide protection, pursue accountability, achieve justice, so that freedom, and peace can prevail.”

Earlier today, United Arab Emirates Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, whose country is holding this month’s presidency of the Security Council spoke to reporters on a consultation on Friday (23 Jun).

The Council member received a briefing from the Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland on the recent violence in the West Bank.

Ambassador Nusseibeh said, “The members of the council expressed sorrow for the loss of civilian lives. They recalled the presidential statement adopted on 20th February 2023, including their call for full respect for international humanitarian law and the protection of the civilian population.”

She continued, “They emphasized the obligations and commitments of Israeli and Palestinian authorities to fight and condemn terrorism in all its forms in a manner consistent with international law.”

The Council members further emphasized “the importance of holding accountable those responsible for such acts of violence,” and “encouraged additional steps to restore a durable calm and de-escalate tensions and called on authorities to refrain from unilateral actions that further inflame tensions. They further urged for restraint to reduce tension and prevent further escalation.”
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