Palestine’s permanent observer to the United Nations

Palestine’s permanent observer to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said here Friday that he has reported to the UN Security Council the crimes committed by Israel in the occupied territories, and called for a briefing at the 15- nation body on the current situation in the captured lands.

Masour made the remarks to reporters here after he presented a four-page letter to Baso Sangqu, the South African UN ambassador who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for January.

“I met this morning with the president of the Security Council,” Mansour said, adding “I gave him by hand a letter.”

“In that letter, we documented the crimes committed by the occupying authority against our people in the occupied territory, including the terrorist activities by the (Jewish) settlers against our civilian population in the occupied territory, especially in the occupied east Jerusalem,” he said.

The letter, dated Jan. 6 and signed by Mansour, read, “Once again, we are compelled to draw attention to the systematic violations of international law, including humanitarian law and human rights law, being perpetrated against the Palestinian people by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

“The failure of the international community, in particular the United Nations Security Council, to seriously and effectively address these violations to end impunity and hold Israel accountable for its crimes throughout its 44-year occupation of the Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, has undoubtedly emboldened the occupying Power, as reflected in its intensifying violations and illegal policies over the recent period,” the letter said.

The alleged crimes include the Israeli occupying forces’ action to target Palestinian civilians and civilian infrastructure, causing more death and terror in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, read the letter.

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