Palestine’s UN Observer Calls on UNSC to Take Real Actions to Diffuse Situation on Ground

NEW YORK, October 10, 2015 (WAFA) – In light of Israel’s latest intensified aggression against the Palestinian people, Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, called on the UN Security Council to take real action to diffuse the situation on the ground.

In identical letters sent to the UN Secretary-General, President of the Security Council, President of the UN General Assembly, UN observer called on Israel, the occupying power, to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to immediately cease its aggression against the Palestinian civilian population.

“The international community cannot remain paralyzed while this critical situation continues to escalate and threatens to plunge the region into another cycle of violence that will only bring more bloodshed and suffering and loss of all hope for a better future.”

He said that, after nearly five decades of Israeli aggression, violence, and collective punishment, which has resulted in thousands of Palestinian deaths and injuries and trauma to the entire civilian population, the international community should not allow one more day to go by where the Palestinian people are left without international protection.

“Words are not enough and action must be taken to compel Israel, the occupying power, to halt all its illegal and destructive policies and practices.” He said.

The UN official affirmed the need to ‘ensure immediate protection to the defenseless Palestinian civilian population, consistent with the provisions and obligations of international humanitarian law’, stressing that, “the Palestinian people cannot remain the exception to the responsibility to protect civilians from such atrocities and flagrant breach of the law.”

He further stressed the need to  prevent the situation from spiraling further out of control, particularly in occupied East Jerusalem, where Israeli reckless provocations regarding al-Aqsa mosque compound have seriously aggravated religious sentiments and threaten to instigate a religious conflict.

He conveyed the Palestinian leadership’s ‘grave concern and total condemnation of the continuation of this blatant Israeli aggression and incitement to violence and terror against the Palestinian people’.