Tag Archives: Palestine

Ban Ki-moon in Mid-East: Non-Violence Takes More Courage than Violence

New York, N.Y. Amid roiling tensions in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken to the airwaves to speak directly to the peoples of Israel and Palestine and to urge the leaders on both sides to end the “posturing and brinkmanship” and get serious about pursuing the two-state solution –“the only solution […]

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Ban Voices ‘Profound Alarm’ at Rise in Deadly Incidents in West Bank

New York, N.Y. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced “profound alarm” today at the growing number of deadly incidents in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Construction in the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the West Bank. Photo: Annie Slemrod/IRIN. “The last few days of clashes, which resulted in the death of four Palestinians, including […]

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Gaza May Become Uninhabitable in Less Than Five Years

Gaza, Palestine.  A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist. A man holds the hands of his granddaughters near the remnants of the residential towers where the girls used […]

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U.N.: Settlement Expansion ‘Root Cause’ of Palestinian Violence

New York, N.Y.  A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has cited Israel’s policy of settlement expansion as a primary driver of the escalating violence in the area. Suffering displacement, injury and even death, children continue to […]

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Decisive Action by Israel, Palestine Can Dispel View Peace Process ‘On Life Support’

New York, N.Y. Welcoming the recent stated commitment by Israeli and Palestinian leaders to a peaceful solution to the region’s most enduring crisis, the United Nations special envoy on the Middle East told the Security Council today that such words need to be translated into “concrete and sustained actions on the ground.” U.N. Special Coordinator […]

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U.N.: Gaza Still in Crisis One Year after Hostilities – Recovery Needed

Gaza, Palestine. One year after the escalation of hostilities in Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper, today expressed concern over the ongoing humanitarian situation and the slow pace of reconstruction there. A rubble removal project at Shujaiyah, Gaza, is funded by Sweden and implemented by UNDP. Photo: UNDP. […]

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U.N.: Palestinian Conflict Continues to Destroy Human Life, Dignity

New York, N.Y.  Violations of human rights “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council today. Displaced Palestinians with their belongings, following Israeli authorities demolition of their structures in Ein al Hilwa (Tubas Governorate)  in the Jordan Valley on 30 January 2014. Photo: […]

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U.N.: Israeli Demolition of Homes Contrary to International Law

New York, N.Y.  The Israeli Government’s use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that the practice – which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – is a violation of human […]

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