16 April 2o20

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

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Question:  Thank you.  Thank you, Steph.  I have a question on Palestine.  There is a letter addressed to the President of the General… of the Security Council that states that, between 5 March and 5 April, Israeli authorities demolished 47 Palestinian structures, arrested 267, conducted 238 raids, and killed three Palestinians.  They arrested the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Mr. Fadi al‑Hadami, and they arrested also the Governor… Palestinian Governor of East Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, and just because they acted to help Palestinian in East Jerusalem to cope with COVID‑19.  So Israeli… took that as interference of their sovereignty over Jerusalem.

If all these incidents did not… worth a special statement from the Secretary‑General or his Special Envoy, then I wonder when the… Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov issue a strong statement to at least to curtail the Israelis of taking advantage of… [cross talk]

Spokesman:  Abdelhamid, with all due respect, I have not seen the letter.  Let me take a look at it, and I will get back to you with Mr. Mladenov.

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