18 SEPTEMBER 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.  Thank you, Stéphane.  I have two questions.  One, yesterday the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, raised the issue that the US is considering replacing Mahmoud Abbas by another puppet leader, his name is Mohammed Dahlan, who served as a consultant for MBZ (Mohammed bin Zayed) in the United Arab Emirates.  Do you have any comment on that?

Spokesman:  No, I haven’t seen those comments and I have no comment, except to say that whether it’s the Palestinian people or people anywhere, people have the right to choose their own leaders.

Okay.

Correspondent:  My second question.

Spokesman:  Go ahead.

Question:  Sorry.  Just a few hours ago on a checkpoint near Jenin, a Palestinian doctor died instantly.  His name is Nidal Jabarin.  He’s 54, when Israelis threw smoke and sound bombs at the crowd, so he had heart problems so he died instantly, so I hope that will… this incident will make it to [Nickolay] Mladenov’s office.

But my question:  Don’t you see that Israeli… Israel has been emboldened by these treaties to become more brutal with the Palestinians?  There are more number of people arrested, more houses being destroyed, more killing in the last few days since the beginning of August to (rustling) 4 September, so it’s going from bad to worse, the situation.  How could the UN wait from these treaties when, in fact, emboldened Israel and became more brutal with the Palestinians?

Spokesman:  Look, the Secretary-General

Sorry.  Let me start again.

Correspondent:  I couldn’t hear you.

Spokesman:  The Secretary-General will continue to report on the events on the ground through his Special Coordinator, Mr. Mladenov, as he sees them.  We will leave the analysis to others, including journalists, and I think the Secretary-General is very clear in his position on the accords that he gave during the press conference.

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