5 MAY 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Yes, my question about East Jerusalem, Stéphane.  The people in East Jerusalem, they are losing on both sides.  The Israelis are not extending their services to combat COVID‑19, and they’re not allowing PA [Palestinian Authority] to be active in East Jerusalem.  In fact, as we mentioned before, they arrested the minister for a couple of hours and the governor, and they broke down a clinic in East Jerusalem.  They arrested voluntary committees, and they are suffering.  And it’s ex… the disease… or the pandemic is spreading fast in East Jerusalem, more than the rest of the West Bank or even Gaza.  Is something to be done about that?

Spokesman:  Let me get an update from our colleagues at OCHA in Jerusalem, and I will come back to you.