Statement by Turkey on “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question” at the Security Council

Feridun H. Sinirlioğlu 28.10.2019
Madame President,
Every three months we meet here under the agenda item “the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine.”
If these meetings are meant to be really helpful, we must start by finding a more proper, a more frank name for these meetings.
I suggest it to be “the situation in the Middle East, including the suffering of Palestine people in the hands of a government sponsoring terror.”
Or, if we want to be more precise, we can call it “the situation in the Middle East, including Israel’s crimes against humanity.”
We need to make this change because in all these meetings we hear stories about how the government of Israel violates the basic rights of Palestinians on daily basis.
We listen to the number of children killed by the extremists running the government of Israel.
We learn the number of Palestinians who cannot receive medical treatment or who cannot go to school just because Israeli government is hijacked by a terrorist state of mind.
We hear how many Palestinians are in prison for protesting Israel and how many Gazans are starving just because the current government of Israel believes that inhumane policies will help them to extend their borders.
And as if all these are not enough, in all these meetings we have to listen to delusional excuses by the representative of this government of terror as to why killing a child is in line with international law.
Today, once again, we have listened to our daily dosage of lies.
When these lies come from the representative of a government of terror, they are just waste of time.
And no, those who want to advance their political careers over the dead bodies of children cannot lecture us about international law and human rights.
Madame President,
Recently, the UN Commission of Inquiry indicated that during the Great March of Return, Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, some of which may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity.
According to this report, more than 6,000 unarmed demonstrators were shot by military snipers, week after week at the protest sites by the separation fence.
Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognizable as such.
Perhaps, it is time for the representatives of Israel to tell us what is the purpose of those killings? Why would you kill a kid or a disabled person? How does this help the security of Israel?
Madame President,
Israel must also immediately stop all settlement activities, as well as house demolitions, land confiscation and other policies denying the Palestinians’ right to development.
The attempts to deny the historical and legal rights of Palestine people violate international law. These rights, including the right to return, cannot be withheld.
The continuation of these practices will only deepen the sense of injustice and breed desperation. This is in nobody’s interest.
This tragedy is created by the current government of Israel. And now they want to discredit UNRWA and end it.
But we are not going to allow it.
For seven decades, UNRWA has been indispensable for the well-being of Palestine refugees, as well as for the stability and security of the region.
At a time when the region is witnessing conflict and significant volatility, the impact of a potential disruption in UNRWA services would be gruesome.
Can you imagine the terrible repercussions of the closure of 700 UNRWA schools?
We cannot fail 530.000 Palestine refugee children.
Next month, we should task together UNRWA to continue to provide assistance and protection to around 6 million Palestine refugees.
We have an obligation to support UNRWA until a just and lasting political solution is found. This is our collective responsibility.

Madame President,
A two state solution, with the establishment of an independent State of Palestine within 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, is the only way for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace.
And it is the only way to protect the Palestinians against the terrorist ideology of current Israeli government.
Any peace plan or initiative should be and will be based along those established parameters.
This requires unity, courage and resilience, particularly on the part of the Security Council.
Thank you.