Al-Haq Action Alert: Palestine on the brink
Al-Haq is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and its severe impact on Palestinian lives. Since 1 October 2015, the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) have killed 20 and injured at least 1000 Palestinians. Four Palestinian homes have been punitively demolished. Additionally, Israeli settlers, often with the presence of IOF, have increased their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property. Al-Haq further condemns Israel’s targeting of Occupied East Jerusalem.
Dr. Ashrawi: Israel is transforming its own public into vigilantes and gangsters
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said:
“By calling on Israeli Jewish citizens to openly carry arms, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving them license to shoot at will and execute Palestinians on the spot. This proves that the Israeli government is transforming its own public into vigilantes and gangsters following the official Israeli policy of land theft and summary executions, while providing incentives and protection to settler terrorists. It has thereby generated a culture of hate, racism and violence and translated Israel’s state impunity into lawlessness and individual impunity for its own citizens.
7 October 2015 – Israeli Escalation of Aggression and Violations against the Palestinian People
Follow-up identical letter to Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly and President of the Security Council (Spain) on the intensifying aggression by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, appealing to the international community, particularly the Security Council, to act immediately to halt all Israeli violations of international law, including humanitarian law and human rights law, against the unprotected, defenseless Palestinian civilian population
Statement of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization
The PLO Executive Committee held its meeting headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, where they examined the current situation resulting from the Israeli Government decision of declaring war on the Palestinian people and their government, including the continues attempts of temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. In addition to the Judaization of Jerusalem, the increasing settlement activities, the conversion of outposts to settlements, land confiscation, home demolitions, forcible displacement and killings. As well as the incursions into Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps, and the constriction of all shapes. Further, the criminal collective punishment by the occupying power (Israel) used against the Palestinian people and the Israeli settler-terrorism accompanied and protected by the Israeli army in various districts of Palestine, including the capital of the State of Palestine Occupied Jerusalem, which led to the martyrdom and wounding of hundreds of Palestinians in recent days.
PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat on the Israeli government’s announcement to collectively punish the Palestinian people
The Israeli government has continued its intentional targeting and collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population, a breach of its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a war crime under international law.
Mr. Netanyahu’s announcement is a reminder to the international community of the urgent need for international intervention to protect the occupied Palestinian people from relentless attack by the Israeli military forces and terrorist settlers.
Dr. Ashrawi on the current situation
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said:
“The Palestinian people, like all peoples of conscience and moral responsibility, condemn the use of violence against innocent civilians. However, Palestine, under Israel’s belligerent occupation, has been subject to the systematic and escalating violence of the occupation, whether in the form of settler-terrorism or at the hands of the Israeli military using live ammunition. Recently Palestine has witnessed an alarming and deliberate escalation by Israel, particularly against Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem’s Old City, while settlers on the rampage enjoy the protection of occupation forces and the political backing of the Israeli government.
Ambassador’s Visit to Timor-Leste
2015 also saw Ambassador Abdulhadi of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific make a successful visit to Timor-Leste, one of Australia’s close neighbours.
Dr. Ashrawi: Netanyahu should have checked his dishonesty and deception at the door
In response to media inquiries regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly, PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi commented:
“Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have checked his dishonesty and deception at the door. Netanyahu came to the United Nations to pontificate as a global savior and to instruct the world on where it went wrong and how it should behave. When it came to Palestine, rather than dealing with reality, Netanyahu presented figments of his own imagination.
Statement by PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat on Netanyahu’s Statement to the UNGA
Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of the Israeli occupying power attacked the United Nations during his address to the General Assembly on Thursday, stating that “the UN won’t help peace” and should “rid itself of its obsessive bashing of Israel”. What Mr. Netanyahu failed to mention is that because of this organization, Israel exists at all.
Palestinian flag raised at United Nations headquarters – video
The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time on Wednesday. Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, who was present at the ceremony, said it signals to the international community that ‘Palestinian statehood is achievable’