UN Security Council convenes for Israeli Palestinian tension

UN Security Council holds special meeting about rising velocity of Israeli-Palestinian violence in occupied territories

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Palestinian protester runs during clashes with the Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 15, 2015.

The United Nations Security Council will convene on Friday to hold a special meeting to discuss the fate of the rising tension between Israel and Palestine. 

The UN confirmed on Thursday that Friday’s meeting was called at the request of kingdom of Jordan, which is a council member, and will include a briefing from the UN secretariat on the situation on the ground and will take place at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT).

Anonymous diplomats told Reuters that there is no specific resolution currently prepared, but there might be an attempt to get the security council to issue a statement to urge both sides to curb the violence. Council statements must be approved unanimously.

"All options are on the table," a diplomat said.

Palestinians request UN protection

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.

So far, over 40 people died, 33 of whom are Palestinians, lastly with a 46 year old farmer who suffered a heart attack after he was severely beaten by Israeli soldiers on his way home from an olive farm.

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."

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "would find that the apparent excessive use of force by Israeli security forces is also troubling and demands serious review, as it only serves to exacerbate the situation, leading to a vicious cycle of needless bloodshed."

Dujarric's comments only a day before US State Department spokesman John Kirby's comments that subtly imply Israel is using excessive force, and because of that, the situation is consistently developing.

Israeli government describes US comments on the conflict as ‘foolish’

Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan described US State Department spokesman John Kirby's comments over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as “foolish,” after Kirby commented on the situation, saying certain reports show Israeli security forces using what many would consider excessive use of force.

Defence Minister, Moshe Ya'alon accused Washington of "misreading" the situation, saying that killing of Palestinians committing knife attacks was “self-defence.”

Kirby spoke at a daily press briefing on Wednesday and said Israel has the right and the responsibility to protect its citizens. But later he added, "Now, we have seen some - I wouldn't call the checkpoints this - but we've certainly seen some reports of what many would consider excessive use of force."




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