The Civil Society and The Palestinian Authority

During the final closing on the Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, said: “I am honored and humbled to be in the company of fighters in the field who fight on a daily basis against the wall and the occupation.” Civil society and the Palestinian Authority complemented each other, he continued. Ending the occupation was a collective endeavor that required from each and everyone to do what was needed. Ways should be found to convince the 27 European countries that had not yet done so to recognize the State of Palestine.

He invited participants to do their part, through, for instance, researching the many issues contained in the ICJ ruling. Help was needed in handling some 60,000 claims for damages caused by the construction of the wall, for instance. All things being done, small or big, contributed to the struggle of the Palestinian people. Some activists were being killed; others sent to prison, others were advancing the ICJ ruling in the diplomatic area. It all added collectively to the struggle of the Palestinian people so that one day they would succeed and could start building their society. “Always concentrate on what unifies us and not what divides us,” he said.

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Concluding notes of Palestinian Ambassador Riyadh Mansour delivered at the closing session of the Civil Society Meeting for Palestine at the UN Vienna on 26.03.2010.

Ambassador Saviour F. Borg, Rapporteur of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, said that today, the Committee had learned about activities on the ground aimed at bringing down the wall. “We’ve learned about your tireless advocacy work, your relentless protests, and your invocations of international law”. The messages heard today would be presented to Committee members and, through them, the wider membership of the United Nations.

He assured participants that the Committee stood behind their efforts and encouraged them to keep working towards a just and lasting peace and said: “The Palestinian people have suffered too much and for too long. All of us in every capacity, Governments, the United Nations and civil society, must each play our own role to bring justice back to the Palestinian people.”

1 comment to The Civil Society and The Palestinian Authority

  • Ms. Salam, thank you as always, for your forthright and complete reporting on your homeland and people and all that concerns them. You are invaluable in your journalistic reporting and commentary. We pray for the earliest time that Palestine and her people will be free!


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