UN / GAZA PALESTINIAN QUESTION

29-Nov-2023 00:08:29
UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council, “we need a true humanitarian ceasefire,” adding that a failure of establishing a two-State solution “will condemn Palestinians, Israelis, the region and the world, to a never-ending cycle of death and destruction.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA PALESTINIAN QUESTION
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

29 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We believe we need a true humanitarian ceasefire. And we must ensure the people of the region finally have a horizon of hope – by moving in a determined and irreversible way toward establishing a two-State solution, on the basis of United Nations resolutions and international law, with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security. Failure will condemn Palestinians, Israelis, the region and the world, to a never-ending cycle of death and destruction.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Let me put it plainly: Civilians – including United Nations personnel – must be protected. Civilian objects – including hospitals – must be protected. UN facilities must not be hit. International humanitarian law must be respected by all parties to the conflict at all times.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In a matter of weeks, a far greater number of children have been killed by Israeli military operations in Gaza than the total number of children killed during any year, by any party to a conflict since I have been Secretary-General.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Civilians in Gaza need a continuous flow of life-saving humanitarian aid and fuel into and across the area. Safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all those in need is critical.”
8. Various shots, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This is a welcome start. But as I have been saying from day one, all hostages must be released immediately and unconditionally. Until then, they must be treated humanely and the International Committee of the Red Cross must be allowed to visit them.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“That is why we have been urging the opening of other crossings, including Kerem Shalom, and the streamlining of inspection mechanisms to allow for the necessary increase of lifesaving aid. But humanitarian aid alone will not be sufficient. We also need the private sector to bring in critical basic commodities to replenish completely depleted shops.”
12. Various shots, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“The period has been marked by some of the most intensive Israeli operations in the West Bank since the Second Intifada, involving the use of improvised explosive devices by armed Palestinians and drone strikes by Israeli security forces.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“Amid the surging violence and extensive Israeli movement restrictions, the Palestinian Authority’s long-standing fiscal crisis have worsened significantly, as economic activity in the West Bank has ground to a halt, and the economy of Gaza collapsed.”
15. Wide shot, Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Observer State of Palestine:
“Israel keeps giving examples from the Second World War to justify its crimes. Ignoring that it is the very horrors that occurred then that led humanity to enact the fundamental rules Israel is breaching now. How many times can the world afford to fail the test of humanity in Gaza? in Palestine? How many times can it afford to fail the test of legality?”
17.Wide shot, Security Council
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Observer State of Palestine:
“We need international protection and international action to end impunity, so as to prevent the recurrence of these crimes that occur daily and in broad daylight. What our people are enduring now is the result of the international community's failure to provide such protection and accountability.”
19. Wide shot, Security Council
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Observer State of Palestine:
“Our stance remains unchanged. Bringing guns is never the answer, justice is. Our people should not be denied justice any further. The lives of Palestinians are not less sacred than the lives of any other people on Earth. Justice will help us chart a path where no Palestinians and no Israelis are killed.”
21. Wide shot, Security Council
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Observer State of Palestine:
“There is no Palestine without Gaza. Gaza bleeds. Gaza suffers Gaza ashes. But Gaza lives and Palestine lives. Free Palestine - that is the only path to peace.”
23. Wide shot, Security Council
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“This deep seeded hatred of Israel and Jews from even before its establishment until this very day, stems from the very same genocidal ideology that drives Hamas. This is not a political conflict or about partitioning land. It is solely about the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews.”
25. Wide shot, Security Council
26. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“How can one call for a ceasefire and at the same time claim to seek a solution to the conflict? After all, anyone who supports a ceasefire basically supports Hamas continued Reign of Terror in Gaza.”
27. Wide shot, Security Council
28. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“Hamas doesn't care about the people in Gaza. All they are interested in is implementing Hitler's final solution. And nothing can change a genocidal ideology. It must be uprooted and eradicated. Every call for a ceasefire means Hamas gets to live to see another day terrorizing Israelis and impoverished impoverishing Gazans.”
29. Wide shot, Security Council
30. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“The only way to dramatically improve the situation is to support Israel's mission to eradicate Hamas’ terror capabilities. I reiterate again and again and again - this war can end tomorrow, even today. If Hamas returns all of the hostages and turn in all the terrorists who took part in the massacre. A real ceasefire can be achieved that will last decades. Demand this of Hamas. This is the solution.”
31. Wide shot, Security Council
32. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“In particular, the United States does not want to see conflict in Lebanon, where escalation would have grave implications for regional peace and security, and for the well-being of the Lebanese people. Restoring calm along the Israel-Lebanon border is of utmost importance, and fully implementing Security Council Resolution 1701 is a key component of this effort.”
33. Wide shot, Security Council
34. Wide shot, the Ministerial Committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit at the stakeout
35. SOUNDBITE (English) His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan A.F. Al Furhan Al-Saud, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
“We are here to make a clear statement that a truce is not enough. What is needed is a ceasefire. What is needed is a credible peace and a peace that lasts and that allows the Palestinians and Israelis to live side by side in two states. Anything else will result in continuing crisis in the region.”
36. Wide shot, the Ministerial Committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit at the stakeout
37. SOUNDBITE (English) His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan A.F. Al Furhan Al-Saud, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
“The Palestinians do not want to leave their land. And we are not going to encourage them or force them to leave their land and we're not going to work with anyone who has that agenda. The Palestinians have a right to their land, and they have a right to live in safety and security and dignity on their land and that is what we will push for and that is what we will work towards.”
38. Wide shot, the Ministerial Committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit leaving the stakeout
STORYLINE
UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council, “we need a true humanitarian ceasefire,” adding that a failure of establishing a two-State solution “will condemn Palestinians, Israelis, the region and the world, to a never-ending cycle of death and destruction.”

In his remarks to the Council today (29 Nov), Guterres said that Resolution 2712 was approved in a context of widespread death and wholesale destruction unleashed by the conflict in Gaza and Israel.

He stressed the inviolability of United Nations facilities which today are sheltering more than one million civilians seeking protection under the UN flag.

UNRWA shares the coordinates of all its facilities across the Gaza Strip with all parties to the conflict, Guterres added.

The agency has verified 104 incidents that have impacted 82 UNRWA installations – 24 of which happened since the adoption of the resolution. A total of 218 internally displaced people sheltering in UNRWA schools have reportedly been killed and at least 894 injured.

“Let me put it plainly,” the UN chief highlighted, “Civilians – including United Nations personnel – must be protected. Civilian objects – including hospitals – must be protected. UN facilities must not be hit.”

He reiterated, “International humanitarian law must be respected by all parties to the conflict at all times.”

Guterres also said that the level of aid to Palestinians in Gaza remains completely inadequate to meet the huge needs of more than two million people. And although the total volume of fuel allowed into Gaza has also increased, it remains utterly insufficient to sustain basic operations.

He said, “Civilians in Gaza need a continuous flow of life-saving humanitarian aid and fuel into and across the area. Safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all those in need is critical.”

Referring to the Security Council resolution 2712 calls for “the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages held by Hamas and other groups.”

Guterres noted that the arrangement announced on 22 November has so far led to the release, over 5 days, of 60 hostages – 29 women, 31 children – held by Hamas and other groups since 7 October. Outside the arrangement during the same period, another 21 hostages were released.

He reiterated, “This is a welcome start. But as I have been saying from day one, all hostages must be released immediately and unconditionally. Until then, they must be treated humanely and the International Committee of the Red Cross must be allowed to visit them.”

The arrangement also saw the release of 180 Palestinian prisoners and detainees from Israeli jails, mostly women and children.

The Secretary-General also noted that Gaza needs an immediate and sustained increase in humanitarian aid including food, water, fuel, blankets, medicines and healthcare supplies.

He said, “That is why we have been urging the opening of other crossings, including Kerem Shalom, and the streamlining of inspection mechanisms to allow for the necessary increase of lifesaving aid. But humanitarian aid alone will not be sufficient. We also need the private sector to bring in critical basic commodities to replenish completely depleted shops.”

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, briefed the Council via video link.

He noted with concern that while the world’s attention has been rightly focused on the devastating violence and outbreak of hostilities in the war between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since 7 October, we are also witnessing heightened tensions, intensive violence and widespread movement restrictions across the occupied West Bank.

The Special Coordinator said, “The period has been marked by some of the most intensive Israeli operations in the West Bank since the Second Intifada, involving the use of improvised explosive devices by armed Palestinians and drone strikes by Israeli security forces.”

“Amid the surging violence and extensive Israeli movement restrictions, the Palestinian Authority’s long-standing fiscal crisis have worsened significantly, as economic activity in the West Bank has ground to a halt, and the economy of Gaza collapsed,” Wennesland added.

Riyad Al-Maliki, Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told the Council,“Israel keeps giving examples from the Second World War to justify its crimes. Ignoring that it is the very horrors that occurred then that led humanity to enact the fundamental rules Israel is breaching now.”

He asked, “How many times can the world afford to fail the test of humanity in Gaza? in Palestine? How many times can it afford to fail the test of legality?”

Al-Maliki reiterated, “We need international protection and international action to end impunity, so as to prevent the recurrence of these crimes that occur daily and in broad daylight.”

He told the Council members, “what our people are enduring now is the result of the international community's failure to provide such protection and accountability.”

The Palestinian diplomat highlighted, “Our stance remains unchanged. Bringing guns is never the answer, justice is.”

“Our people should not be denied justice any further. The lives of Palestinians are not less sacred than the lives of any other people on Earth. Justice will help us chart a path where no Palestinians and no Israelis are killed,” he added.

The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs concluded, “There is no Palestine without Gaza. Gaza bleeds. Gaza suffers Gaza ashes. But Gaza lives and Palestine lives. Free Palestine - that is the only path to peace.”

Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan also addressed the Council.

He said, “This deep seeded hatred of Israel and Jews from even before its establishment until this very day, stems from the very same genocidal ideology that drives Hamas,” adding that “this is not a political conflict or about partitioning land. It is solely about the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews.”

Ambassador Erdan also asked, “How can one call for a ceasefire and at the same time claim to seek a solution to the conflict?”

He reiterated, “After all, anyone who supports a ceasefire basically supports Hamas continued Reign of Terror in Gaza.”

Ambassador Erdan also said, “Hamas doesn't care about the people in Gaza. All they are interested in is implementing Hitler's final solution. And nothing can change a genocidal ideology. It must be uprooted and eradicated.”

He continued, “Every call for a ceasefire means Hamas gets to live to see another day terrorizing Israelis and impoverished impoverishing Gazans.”

The Israeli Ambassador concluded, “The only way to dramatically improve the situation is to support Israel's mission to eradicate Hamas’ terror capabilities.”

“I reiterate again and again and again - this war can end tomorrow, even today. If Hamas returns all of the hostages and turn in all the terrorists who took part in the massacre,” adding that “a real ceasefire can be achieved that will last decades. Demand this of Hamas. This is the solution.”

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told Council, “the United States does not want to see conflict in Lebanon, where escalation would have grave implications for regional peace and security, and for the well-being of the Lebanese people.”

She reiterated, “Restoring calm along the Israel-Lebanon border is of utmost importance, and fully implementing Security Council Resolution 1701 is a key component of this effort.”

A joint statement was made by the Ministerial Committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit on the side of the Council’s meeting.

His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan A.F. Al Furhan Al-Saud, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, told reporters, “We are here to make a clear statement that a truce is not enough. What is needed is a ceasefire. What is needed is a credible peace and a peace that lasts and that allows the Palestinians and Israelis to live side by side in two states. Anything else will result in continuing crisis in the region.”

Asked about allowing Palestinian refugees into other Arab countries, the Saudi Arabian diplomat said, “The Palestinians do not want to leave their land. And we are not going to encourage them or force them to leave their land and we're not going to work with anyone who has that agenda.”

He reiterated, “The Palestinians have a right to their land, and they have a right to live in safety and security and dignity on their land and that is what we will push for and that is what we will work towards.”

The Saudi Arabian diplomat was jointed by H.E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani - Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar; H.E. Mr. Ayman Safadi – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; H.E. Mr. Riad Al-Malki - Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine; H.E. Mrs. Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi - Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia; H.E. Mr. Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim - Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt; H.E. Khalifa Shaheen, United Arab Emirates Minister of State; H.E. Mr. Hakan Fidan - Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye.
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