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United Nations S/RES/2334 (2016) Security Council Distr.: General 23 December 2016

Resolution 2334 (2016)

Adopted by the Security Council at its 7853rd meeting, on 23 December 2016

The Security Council, Reaffirming its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008), Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice, Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions, Expressing grave concern that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines, Recalling the obligation under the Quartet Roadmap, endorsed by its resolution 1515 (2003), for a freeze by Israel of all settlement activity, including “natural growth”, and the dismantlement of all settlement outposts erected since March 2001, Recalling also the obligation under the Quartet roadmap for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities, including the confiscation of illegal weapons, 2/3 Condemning all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction, Reiterating its vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders, Stressing that the status quo is not sustainable and that significant steps, consistent with the transition contemplated by prior agreements, are urgently needed in order to (i) stabilize the situation and to reverse negative trends on the ground, which are steadily eroding the two-State solution and entrenching a one-State reality, and (ii) to create the conditions for successful final status negotiations and for advancing the two-State solution through those negotiations and on the ground, 1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace; 2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard; 3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations; 4. Stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-State solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-State solution; 5. Calls upon all States, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of this resolution, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967; 6. Calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction, calls for accountability in this regard, and calls for compliance with obligations under international law for the strengthening of ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including through existing security coordination, and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism; 7. Calls upon both parties to act on the basis of international law, including international humanitarian law, and their previous agreements and obligations, to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, with the aim, inter alia, of de-escalating the situation on the ground, rebuilding trust and confidence, demonstrating through policies and actions a genuine commitment to the two-State solution, and creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace; 8. Calls upon all parties to continue, in the interest of the promotion of peace and security, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process and within the time frame specified by the Quartet in its statement of 21 September 2010; 3/3 9. Urges in this regard the intensification and acceleration of international and regional diplomatic efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Roadmap and an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967; and underscores in this regard the importance of the ongoing efforts to advance the Arab Peace Initiative, the initiative of France for the convening of an international peace conference, the recent efforts of the Quartet, as well as the efforts of Egypt and the Russian Federation; 10. Confirms its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations and in the implementation of an agreement; 11. Reaffirms its determination to examine practical ways and means to secure the full implementation of its relevant resolutions; 12. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution; 13. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

The 2014 Gaza War - By - Ben White


United Nations   A/RES/43/177

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Distr. GENERAL  

15 December 1988



                                                  82nd plenary meeting

                                                  15 December 1988

                          Question of Palestine

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the item entitled "Question of Palestine",Recalling its resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947, in which,

 inter alia, it called for the establishment of an Arab State and a Jewish State in Palestine,Mindful of the special responsibility of the United Nations to achieve a just solution to the question of Palestine,

      Aware of the proclamation of the State of Palestine by the Palestine National Council in line with General Assembly resolution 181 (II) and in exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,Affirming the urgent need to achieve a just and comprehensive settlement in the Middle East which, inter alia, provides for peaceful coexistence for

 all States in the region,Recalling its resolution 3237 (XXIX) of 22 November 1974 on the observer

 status for the Palestine Liberation Organization and subsequent relevant resolutions,

      1.   Acknowledges the proclamation of the State of Palestine by the Palestine National Council on 15 November 1988;

      2.   Affirms the need to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their sovereignty over their territory occupied since 1967;

      3.   Decides that, effective as of 15 December 1988, the designation "Palestine" should be used in place of the designation "Palestine Liberation Organization" in the United Nations system, without prejudice to the observer status and functions of the Palestine Liberation Organization within the United Nations system, in conformity with relevant United Nations resolutions and practice;

      4.   Requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary action to implement the present resolution.


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The above document has been taken from #UN official site as per the link on the above United Nation logo. Documentation in this section are Clear as spring water and   heavy like stones nevertheless none seems to care or implement or APPLY These overdue resolutions.

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Res. 57 (Sep. 18, 1948) – Expresses deep shock at the assassination of the U.N. Mediator in Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte, by Zionist terrorists.

Res. 89 (Nov. 17, 1950) – Requests that attention be given to the expulsion of “thousands of Palestine Arabs” and calls upon concerned governments to take no further action “involving the transfer of persons across international frontiers or armistice lines”, and notes that Israel announced that it would withdraw to the armistice lines.

Res. 93 (May 18, 1951) – Finds that Israeli airstrikes on Syria on April 5, 1951 constitutes “a violation of the cease-fire”, and decides that Arab civilians expelled from the demilitarized zone by Israel should be allowed to return.

Res. 100 (Oct. 27, 1953) – Notes that Israel had said it would stop work it started in the demilitarized zone on September 2, 1953.

Res. 101 (Nov. 24, 1953) – Finds Israel’s attack on Qibya, Jordan on October 14-15, 1953 to be a violation of the cease-fire and “Expresses the strongest censure of that action”.

Res. 106 (Mar. 29, 1955) – Condemns Israel’s attack on Egyptian forces in the Gaza Strip on February 28, 1955.

Res. 111 (Jan. 19, 1956) – Condemns Israel’s attack on Syria on December 11, 1955 as “a flagrant violation of the cease-fire” and armistice agreement.

Res. 119 (Oct. 31, 1956) – Considers that “a grave situation has been created” by the attack against Egypt by the forces of Britain, France, and Israel.

Res. 171 (Apr. 9, 1962) – Reaffirms resolution 111 and determines that Israel’s attack on Syria on March 16-17, 1962 “constitutes a flagrant violation of that resolution”.

Res. 228 (Nov. 25, 1966) – “Deplores the loss of life and heavy damage to property resulting from the action” by Israel in the southern Hebron area on November 13, 1966, and “Censures Israel for this large-scale military action in violation of the United Nations Charter” and the armistice agreement between Israel and Jordan.

Res. 237 (Jun. 14, 1967) – Calls on Israel “to ensure the safety, welfare and security of the inhabitants where military operations have taken place” during the war launched by Israel on June 5, 1967 “and to facilitate the return of those inhabitants who have fled the areas since the outbreak of hostilities”.

Res. 242 (Nov. 22, 1967) – Emphasizes “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war”, emphasizes that member states have a commitment to abide by the U.N. Charter, and calls for the “Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied” during the June 1967 war.


Once upon a time Salem Shammaly

Written by Wednesday, 11 May 2016 08:46




The stench of death surrounds us Palestinians in Gaza. Israel has relentlessly bombed this open air prison and the 1.7 million inmates for nearly a month now. Our children play among the rubble of destroyed homes, numb to the sound of drones and warplanes that circle our occupied skies.

I have sat and watched Israel tell the world they are defending themselves, as they bomb our homes and slaughter our children. But today is not the time to discuss politics, I leave that to the experts, I just want to tell my story.
My story is about my family. When you read it I want you to remember we Palestinians are human beings like you. I plead to your heart and ask you to consider if we should have to live like we do: under siege, collectively punished, unable to freely pursue a life of dignity.
Early on 20 July my aunt and her family fled their home in Shejaiya, a suburb to the north of Gaza City, after SalemIsrael launched a series of devastating attacks that killed scores and injured hundreds of people. She came to my small home in Gaza City with her husband and three of her daughters, along with their children.
That same day we tried to call my cousin Salem, who is 23-years-old, tall, with striking green eyes. We kept calling but he didn’t answer his phone. The next day I went with Salem’s father to the Shifa hospital, Gaza’s largest medical facility, to look for him.icc
Hospital staff told us that Salem was not there.
For the next two days we searched for him. We called everyone we knew, all our family, all our friends, but to no avail. No one knew where Salem was or what had happened to him.
The atmosphere at home was tense. Salem’s father was becoming more desperate by the second, frightened that something terrible had happened to him.
On 22 July at 5am the electricity snapped on for a three hour period. We all rushed to recharge our mobile phones, our laptops and connect to the internet.
My sister quickly checked Facebook to catch up with the latest news. Her newsfeed was dominated by people sharing a video called: “Young Palestinian killed by Israeli sniper”.
She pressed play. I, along with my wife and Salem’s sister, were nearby, and after a few seconds heard Salem's sister shout: “This is Salem’s voice!”.
Everyone in the house huddled around the laptop to see the video. The room was immediately filled with hope, with happiness, with relief that we had found news of Salem and that he was definitely alive.
The internet connection in Gaza is very slow so we decided to wait and allow the whole video to load up before watching it.
After a couple of minutes it was ready and we pressed play again.
Suddenly, as we watched the video, Salem was shot. The room fell into a stony silence. We all prayed that he was just injured and that by watching the rest of the video we would see the International Solidarity Activists in the video take him to the hospital for treatment.
This hope was crushed just moments later when we watched with horror as Salem was shot three more times as he lay helplessly amid the rubble in Shejaiya. sniper
Screams filled our home. Pain filled the air. We all broke down in tears.
Salem’s parents were in a state of shock. They refused to believe he was dead and pleaded with me to help. I knew one of the activists who was in the video, the American activist Joe Catron.
I called Joe but he told me: “Yes, we were with the boy wearing a green t-shirt when he was looking for his trapped relatives but unfortunately we couldn’t help him. We didn’t even know his name when this happened.”
Then the electricity cut off. We sat in the darkness. We waited for sunlight to come and then left our home to go back to the Shifa hospital.
The roads were empty on the way to the hospital. No one walked along the usually busy streets of Gaza. Silence reigned except for the intimidating buzz of the drones that circled overhead.
At Shifa we met some of the activists who were near Salem when he was shot. They told us that he had been searching for his family members, who were trapped in Shejaiya after the Israeli bombardment on 20 July.
The activists said that Salem had asked for help in searching for his family, so they had gone with him to search through the rubble especially there are a temporary humanitarian truce was declare at that time. They told me that when Salem was shot and killed it was too dangerous for them to help him or to take his body to the hospital.al-shifa-hospital-gaza
After hearing this we knew that Salem’s body must still be at the place where he was killed. We called the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palestinian Red
Crescent Society (PRCS) but they both said it was still too dangerous to enter the area where Salem was lying dead.
“We do not have a green light to enter that area and we are waiting for permission from the Israelis,” a staff member of the ICRC told us.
They had entered the neighbourhood during a brief humanitarian truce a couple of days previously, but Israeli tanks had fired at them and launched mortars that landed near their cars. This stopped them collecting the bodies of those killed in Israel’s attacks.
On 26 July a 12 hour truce was declared in Gaza beginning at 8am. We called the PRCS and an ambulance came to pick us up. Together we went to Shejaiya and searched for the spot where Salem had been killed.
We didn’t recognise anywhere. There was utter devastation. Shejaiya was a ghost town.
Eventually we reached a spot that we recognised from the video on Facebook. There, among the rubble, we found a decomposed body that was our Salem.
We took him to the morgue and asked the medics to collect evidence of what had happened to him so we could help our people prosecute Israel for their war crimes in Gaza.
It took us six days to recover Salem’s body.
His mother, his nine sisters, his four brothers, were all deprived of saying goodbye to him.
Salem’s father buried him in a makeshift cemetery that same day. Even then we couldn’t have peace. As we dug his grave we could hear the sound of Israel’s drones and their warplanes, Salem’s killers, circling above.
We sit in Gaza, abandoned by a world that says it cares about justice, human rights and protecting civilians. We have no protection, nowhere is safe here, and no one cares about us.
We need your help. Please

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Israel: a war turned into a show like a football game

Written by Wednesday, 11 May 2016 08:25

Rockets launched by #Hamas were such a threat...
ISRAELIS GATHER ON HILLSIDES TO WATCH AND CHEER AS MILITARY DROPS BOMBS ON GAZA AND KILL PALESTINIAN CHILDREN, WOMAN ELDERS. People drink, snack and pose for selfies against a background of explosion as #Palestinians death tools mounts in ongoing offensive.
Israel has been accused of breaching its own ceasefire a matter of minutes after it was called following widespread international condemnation for the bombing of another UN-run school in Gaza.

A spokesperson for the health ministry in Gaza said an air strike on a house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City was carried out after the start of the “humanitarian window”, scheduled for 10am (8am BST) this morning.
The attack killed an eight-year-old girl and left 29 other people wounded, Palestinian officials said. An Israeli military spokesperson said she was investigating the report.
Israel had said it would stop fighting for seven hours in all parts of Gaza except for Rafah, the southern city where an air strike killed 10 yesterday.
It was the seventh time a UN shelter had been struck since the conflict began on 8 July, and was described as a “moral outrage and a criminal act” by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The Obama administration was also quick to issue an unusually strong response to the Rafah school attack, saying the US was “appalled” by the “disgraceful shelling”. The US Department of State called upon Israel, a long-term ally, to do more to prevent harm to civilians.
Israel has withdrawn most of its soldiers from northern and central Gaza, and officials said that it was close to the completion of its efforts to destroy Hamas’s network of cross-border tunnels throughout the Strip.
A military spokesperson said that, as with other truces, the military “will return fire” if rockets continue to be used by militants.
Hamas currently has envoys deployed to Egypt for negotiations on a longer-term peace deal, which Israel has now shunned in a show of anger at the suicide bomb ambush that killed three soldiers in Rafah on Friday.
The militant group confirmed that it did not recognise the latest ceasefire called by Israel, accusing the military of trying “to divert attention away from the Israeli massacres”. Its spokesperson, Sami Abu Zuhri, said: “We do not trust such a calm and we urge our people to exercise caution.”

Meanwhile, a militant leader has been killed by an Israeli airstrike launched just before dawn in northern Gaza. Daniel Mansour, the northern commander of key Hamas allies the Islamic Jihad, died when a missile hit his home.
Gazan officials said almost 1,800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and more than a quarter of its 1.8 million residents displaced. Israel has lost 64 soldiers in combat and three civilians to Palestinian cross-border shelling.
Many of those evacuated from their homes in Gaza have taken shelter in UN-run facilities, the latest strike on which Mr Ban called a “gross violation of international humanitarian law”.
Israel said it was investigating the incident, but added that it may have been related to attempts to kill militants from Islamic Jihad driving nearby.
The military has accused Hamas of using UN facilities as shields for intense rocket-firing activity, and on Monday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a statement saying: “Hamas has an interest in Gaza residents suffering, thinking that the world will blame Israel for their suffering.”
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Hashem’s father is cited by Haaretz as saying that the teen was treated for dog bites at a hospital before being transferred to a prison.6546“We, his mother and I, watched the video, and we couldn’t believe what we were seeing,” he said. “My wife almost fainted. I don’t know if there’s a mother or father in the world who can be indifferent to such pictures.
It pained us very much, especially the fact that the boy was helpless and the soldiers rejoiced over him.”
Israeli human rights group B’Tselem however says the footage doesn’t show anything out of the ordinary, noting that it is “standard” army practice. The group documented several similar incidents over last year.
Dogs are being used as weapons – activist
A projects coordinator for Breaking the Silence, a former IDF soldier leftwing organization, has condemned the attacks but confirmed that such incidents are not unusual.
“While you are a part of the army, those kind of events happen. It’s not unusual. When you use an army to control a population, when you create an occupation, that’s the kind of reality that comes out,”Achiya Schatz told RT.
He also said that he had little hope that the investigation would lead to any changes to army procedure.
“The investigations don’t lead anywhere. If we don’t end the occupation incidents like that are just going to rise again and again. As a soldier you’re being told to make your presence felt to frighten the population,” he said. “It’s very easy to cross the line and many times you don’t know where the lines are.”
Schatz said in this case the dog was not merely used to restrain a criminal but rather as a weapon to breed fear.
“This specific dog is an attack dog. It’s trained to attack. Here we see a dog used against a 16 year old kid. What you see here isn’t the dog being used to restrain but the dog being used to terrify,” he said.

Source: RT News

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