Palestinians request UN protection

Palestinian envoy to UN says Palestinian civilians in dire need of UN protection force against Israeli aggression

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An Israeli special forces soldier walks outside the Central Jerusalem Bus Station after a woman was reportedly stabbed in the area, October 14, 2015.

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday said that Palestinians are currently in dire need of UN intervention in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. 

“The Palestinians want the UN to consider deploying a protection force in occupied East Jerusalem to help quell violence,” said the envoy, Riyad Mansour.

Mansour said the request for UN intervention is aimed at defusing weeks of violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, adding that the situation needs immediate attention, describing it as "very explosive" and saying that the UN Security Council must find ways of "providing protection" to the Palestinians.

On Thursday Arab ambassadors are due to meet at the UN to discuss calls for an emergency Security Council meeting concerning the worsening violence.

The UN's Office of Legal Affairs has produced a 44-page report detailing options for the protection of Palestinian civilians, the Palestinian envoy said, but the Security Council has yet to consider it.

Israeli security forces would be required to withdraw from flashpoint areas in Jerusalem, if the Palestinian draft proposal is passed, and peacekeeping forces would be deployed at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"The situation warrants providing protection for our people in the occupied territory starting in the Old City of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque," Mansour said.

"We believe that some form of observers or international force [should] be placed there in order to guarantee that the status quo will be continued and to protect the Palestinian worshippers."

Israel has recently deployed army forces across Israeli cities and deployed security forces to Arab neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem as well as set up checkpoints which are sealed at will.

Mansour has called the checkpoints "collective punishment."

At least 32 Palestinians and eight Israelis have been killed over the past few weeks.

TRTWorld and agencies