12 November, 2012
Statement by Mr. MohammadReza Sahraei
Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee
On the agenda item 53: “Report of the Special committee to Investigate Israel Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and
other Arab of the Occupied Territories”
67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
New York- 12 November, 2012
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
I would like to begin by thanking the distinguished Chairman of the “Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the occupied territories” for his useful statement and for presenting the report of the Special Committee.
According to the latest report of the Special Committee, the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continues to witness a severe deterioration. We are seriously concerned about the finding of the report during the current period especially regarding the “the mass imprisonment of Palestinians and administrative detention, routine demolition of homes and resultant displacement of Palestinians, intensification of illegal Israel’s settlement activities, blockade on Gaza, widespread violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, and lack of effort to prevent or hold settlers accountable for such violence”. In this connection, my delegation calls for the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Report of the Special Committee in order to ensure the applicability and respect of international human rights and international humanitarian law by Israeli regime, and to end its impunity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and all other Arab Territories it continues to occupy.
The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns the illegal Israeli practices aimed at the displacement or transfer of the Palestinian civilian population from strategic areas in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which include the continuing aggressive settlement campaign, the construction of the Wall, forced evictions, home demolitions, and the revocation of Palestinian residency rights, all measures that are particularly severe in Occupied East Jerusalem.
We are of the view that the prolonged Middle East conflict, suffering and hardship are the direct result of Israeli regime’s continuing flagrant violation of international law, disregarding all relevant UN resolutions, and denial of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people, in persistent defiance of the international community. In this regard, international community, including United Nations should uphold its political, moral and legal responsibilities to bring an end to Israel’s occupations and all of its violations against the Palestinian people.
Based on the latest report of the Special Committee, the blockade of Gaza continues to have a devastating impact on the people of Gaza Stripe. In this connection, my delegation reiterates its condemnation of Israeli regime inhumane and unlawful closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip and considers it as collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population there, particularly by the continued obstruction of the freedom of movement of persons and goods and obstruction of the reconstruction and recovery of the Gaza Strip. We underline that, in addition to violating countless provisions of human rights law, such collective punishment measures by Israeli regime are tantamount to grave breaches of international humanitarian law, constitutes a crime against humanity and poses a serious threat to international peace and security as well as to regional stability. Furthermore, the blockade is unconditionally prohibited by Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention dealing with the rights and obligations of belligerent obligation.
At the same time, by approving the construction of more settlement unites in the occupied Jerusalem, Israeli regime has continued to intensify its illegal and destructive settlement campaign. The spate of settlement activities has reached an unprecedented level recently in a clear attempt to further colonize the occupied Palestinian Territory and to create even more illegal alterations to the demographic composition, characteristic and status of the Territory. The ongoing settlement campaign throughout the Occupied Territory is grave breach of the 4th Geneva Convention and additional Protocol I, in violation of United Nations resolutions and in total disrespect of the 2004 International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion.
Occupation of Palestine lies at the heart of the protracted crisis situation in the Middle East. The Zionist regime’s criminal acts against the Palestinians and other peoples in the region are the gravest threat currently posed to regional as well as international peace and security. Peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved through promotion of a discriminatory policy of blindfold support for the Israeli regime state terrorism, occupation, torture, annihilation, intimidation and aggression. Any solution to this crisis requires the termination of the occupation, crimes and violations committed by Israeli regime, restoration of the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of their independent and viable State of Palestine with Al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital.
Regarding the occupation of Golan by the Israeli regime, we consider the Golan as an integral part of the Syrian Arab Republic’s territory. We condemn all measures taken by the illegitimate occupying power to undermine the territorial integrity of Syria and express our deep concern over the grave deterioration of the human rights situation and increase in the number of illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied Syrian Golan.
In conclusion, Mr.chaiman, I would like to reiterate my Government’s unwavering and continuing support for the Palestinian people in their rightful and legitimate struggle against the occupation and for their just quest for exercise of their right of self-determination.
Thank you Mr. Chairman