1 JUNE 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of June 1, 2020 noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  I put my name there anyhow.  Thank you, Stéphane.

Yeah, on Saturday morning, the Israeli army, the Israeli security forces, murdered a disabled Palestinian in East Jerusalem.  He’s 32‑year‑old, and his name is Eyad al Hallaq, a‑l H‑a‑l‑a‑k… q, sorry, al Hallaq.  Eyad al Hallaq was murdered on Saturday morning without any intimidation, and he was a disabled man with a severe case of autism.  So, why is that… have not been mentioned in the statement of Mladenov or in a separate statement?

Spokesman:  Mr. Mladenov did issue language over the weekend on the killing of the, this unarmed young Palestinian man.  He said it was a tragedy that should have been… that should and could have been avoided, adding that the authorities, the Israeli authorities should move swiftly to investigate, make sure such incidents are not allowed to happen.  And he also sent his condolences to the family of Eyad al Hallaq.

Correspondent:  I wish his statement was read in your briefing so…

Spokesman:  Okay.

Correspondent:  Thank you.

Spokesman:  It was said over the weekend.

Correspondent:  Thank you.

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