The Civil Society and the Question of Palestine

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27 November 2015


Middle East

North America

  • On 29 October in Washington D.C., the Palestine Center of the Jerusalem Fund received Dr. Yasser Abu-Jamei, Executive Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, and Ran Goldstein, Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights, Israel. They discussed the impact of the blockade as well as the mental and physical health crisis of children in Gaza. You can watch the video of the discussion here. Dr. Abu-Jamei and Mr. Goldstein were on a US tour from 13 to 31 October at the invitation of dozens of medical institutions, universities, faith groups, and advocates including Rebuilding Alliance, the Gaza Mental Health Foundation, the Seattle Physicians for Social Responsibility, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Harvard School of Public Health, the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, and Jewish Voice for Peace.
  • The Palestine Center of the Jerusalem Fund will receive Ayman Odeh, Member of the Israeli Knesset for a conference on “Palestinian Citizens of Israel Lead Toward Justice, Freedom and Equality” to take place in Washington D.C. on 2 December. Webcast will be available here.

United Nations

  • The International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People was observed at the UN Headquarters in New York on 23 November. The Secretary-General issued a statement on the occasion.
  • The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held a Special Meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 23 November. The Deputy Secretary-General made a statement on behalf of the Secretary-General. The civil society organization Defense for Children International –Palestine made a statement on behalf of civil society. Statements, messages and video can be found here.
  • On 23 and 24 November, the General Assembly held a General Debate on the Question of Palestine and adopted four resolutions.
  • A photo exhibit entitled “Palestinian Children: Overcoming Tragedies with Hope, Dreams, Resilience and Dignity” featuring photographs of Palestinian children in Gaza was inaugurated in the public lobby of the UN on the evening of 23 November. On behalf of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Vice Chairman of the Palestinian Rights Committee thanked civil society throughout the world who work and support the Palestinian people.
  • UNRWA issued a Gaza Situation Report on 20 November 2015.
  • The UN Special Coordinator Nikolay Mladenov briefed the Security Council on the situation in Middle East, including the Palestinian question, on 19 November 2015.