UN / GAZA GENERAL ASSEMBLY EMERGENCY SESSION

26-Oct-2023 00:04:59
The United Nations General Assembly, in New York, is holding an emergency special session on the Israel-Palestine conflict in Gaza, amid a continuing deadlock at the Security Council. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA GENERAL ASSEMBLY EMERGENCY SESSION
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

26 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly:
“I urge the membership to use today’s session not to further fan the flames of hate, division, and revenge. Let us seize the opportunity, instead, to unify our purpose and our actions to save lives and to end violence.”
4. Wide shot, General Assembly
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, State of Palestine:
“7,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israel in the last two weeks. 70 per cent of all those killed are women and children. Almost all killed are civilians. Is this the war some of you are defending? Let me repeat, is this the war some of you are defending? Can this war be defended?
6. Wide shot, General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, State of Palestine:
“Finally, I appeal to all of you – vote to stop the killing. Vote for humanitarian aid to reach those whose very survival depends on it. Vote to stop this madness. You have a chance to do something. To give an important signal. Choose justice not vengeance. Choose to defend the law not justify its breach. Choose peace not more wars.”
8. Wide shot, member states representatives
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“The October 7 massacre and what ensued has nothing to do with the Palestinians. Nothing. It has nothing to do with the Arab-Israeli conflict, or the Palestinian question. This is not a war with the Palestinians. Israel is at war with the genocidal-jihadist Hamas terror organization. Only. It is the law-abiding democracy of Israel against modern day Nazis.
10. Wide shot, General Assembly
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“Do you not think it's unbelievable that this resolution here today and this session are not solely focused on Hamas’ atrocities? When reading this resolution, Hamas seems to be missing in action. The drafters of the resolution claim to be concerned about peace, yet the depraved murderers who initiated this war are not even mentioned in the resolution. Are not even mentioned. They see each one of you as puppets.”
12. Wide shot, General Assembly
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ayman Safadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Jordan:
“It is at such times of cruelty, inhumanity and total disregard for international law that we must speak out clearly and unequivocally. There is no room for gray areas here. We must stand for life, for justice, for peace. We must stand against this war on Gaza. And the humanitarian catastrophe it is causing. We must stand on the side of our human values and for the charter of these United Nations. History will judge us.”
14. Wide shot, member states representatives
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran:
“Today in New York, and the United Nations, I say frankly, to the American statesmen, who are now managing the genocide in Palestine, that we do not welcome the expansion of the war in the region. But I warn - if the genocide in Gaza continues, they will not be spared from this fire. It is our home and West Asia is our region. We do not compromise with any party and any side, and we have no reservation when it comes to our homes’ security.”
16. Wide shot, General Assembly
STORYLINE
The United Nations General Assembly, in New York, is holding an emergency special session on the Israel-Palestine conflict, amid a continuing deadlock at the Security Council.

Opening the meeting today (26 Oct), the President of the General Assembly, Dennis Francis, said, “I urge the membership to use today’s session not to further fan the flames of hate, division, and revenge. Let us seize the opportunity, instead, to unify our purpose and our actions to save lives and to end violence.”

The Permanent Observer to the UN of the State of Palestine, Riyad H. Mansour, noted, “7,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israel in the last two weeks. 70 per cent of all those killed are women and children. Almost all killed are civilians. Is this the war some of you are defending? Let me repeat, is this the war some of you are defending? Can this war be defended?

Mansour concluded, “Finally, I appeal to all of you – vote to stop the killing. Vote for humanitarian aid to reach those whose very survival depends on it. Vote to stop this madness. You have a chance to do something. To give an important signal. Choose justice not vengeance. Choose to defend the law not justify its breach. Choose peace not more wars.”

The Permanent Representative of Israel, Gilad Erdan, called the events of October 7 a “massacre” and said that what ensued “has nothing to do with the Palestinians.”

Erdan continued, “Nothing. It has nothing to do with the Arab-Israeli conflict, or the Palestinian question. This is not a war with the Palestinians. Israel is at war with the genocidal-jihadist Hamas terror organization. Only. It is the law-abiding democracy of Israel against modern day Nazis.

Addressing Member States, the ambassador asked, “Do you not think it's unbelievable that this resolution here today and this session are not solely focused on Hamas’ atrocities? When reading this resolution, Hamas seems to be missing in action. The drafters of the resolution claim to be concerned about peace, yet the depraved murderers who initiated this war are not even mentioned in the resolution. Are not even mentioned. They see each one of you as puppets.”

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, noted that his country had introduced a resolution to be voted on at the end of the session.

Safadi said, “It is at such times of cruelty, inhumanity and total disregard for international law that we must speak out clearly and unequivocally. There is no room for gray areas here. We must stand for life, for justice, for peace. We must stand against this war on Gaza. And the humanitarian catastrophe it is causing. We must stand on the side of our human values and for the charter of these United Nations. History will judge us.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, also participated in the meeting, saying, “Today in New York, and the United Nations, I say frankly, to the American statesmen, who are now managing the genocide in Palestine, that we do not welcome the expansion of the war in the region. But I warn - if the genocide in Gaza continues, they will not be spared from this fire. It is our home and West Asia is our region. We do not compromise with any party and any side, and we have no reservation when it comes to our homes’ security.”

The emergency session takes place after the Security Council failed on Wednesday to adopt two resolutions on addressing the humanitarian crisis. China and Russia vetoed a United States-led draft resolution and a second Russian-backed resolution failed to secure sufficient votes in favour.

This followed failures for unity at the Council, last week. A Russian-led draft resolution calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” was voted down last Monday and the following Wednesday, the US vetoed a Brazilian-led text that urged “humanitarian pauses” to deliver aid to millions in the Gaza Strip.

The special session is expected to continue on Friday. About 110 speakers are inscribed on the list.
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