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Israël: B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad to speak at UN Security Council

Friday 19 October 2018, by siawi3

Source: B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, Jerusalem

18 October 2018

Press release - for immediate publication

B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad speaks at UN Security Council

El-Ad: Hundreds of thousands of Israelis seek a future of equality, justice and human rights

B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad spoke today before the United Nations Security Council at the quarterly session scheduled in accordance with Resolution 2334. The meeting took place today, Thursday, 18 October 2018, and was broadcast live on UN Web TV.

Among other topics, El-Ad addressed the Israeli-imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip and the humanitarian crisis there. He also discussed Israel’s attempts to carry out the forcible transfer of thousands of Palestinians, with a view to taking over their lands, and will focus on the impending demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, a shepherding community located in Mishor Adumim.

On the eve of his trip, El-Ad said, “The Israeli government is trying to sell the absurd notion that our control over millions of Palestinians is an internal Israeli matter. At the same time, the government is trying to silence local Israeli criticism of the occupation. In other words, criticism cannot be voiced abroad, or in Israel, or anywhere else, so that the oppression of the Palestinian people can carry on without any interference. But the occupation is taking place outside Israel’s sovereign borders, and like any human rights issue, it is a universal matter. We say it in Israel, and we say it all over the world. I will be at the UN Security Council to speak on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Israelis who oppose the occupation, who ardently wish it were over, who seek a future of equality, justice and human rights for all 13 million people living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.”

Other speakers at today’s UN Security Council meeting included United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov; Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon; Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour; and the ambassadors of the UN Security Council’s Member States.