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Speech of the Director of Arab Affairs Directorate, Abdulaziz Mohamed Aleid on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba

Manama, May 15, 2018

Your Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Palestine,
Your Excellency the Resident Representative of the United Nations Program - Information Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain,
Your Excellencies, the Ambassadors,
Brothers and sisters

I am honored to be standing here today, to take this opportunity to reaffirm the solid and principled position of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the Palestinian issue and to support the aspirations of the brotherly Palestinian people and their legitimate right to establish their independent state on the borders of 4 June 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital and the return of refugees in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the two-state solution and the Arab peace initiative.

Your Excellencies ,,
brothers and sisters,,

The people of the State of Palestine are being subjected to murder, marginalization, confiscation of rights and disregard of all international laws and norms. A few hours ago, the Israeli occupation forces killed many peaceful Palestinian protesters, neglecting the most basic principles of human rights and committing this terrible massacre against defenseless Palestinian civilians. We affirm here our total rejection of Israel's use of force in the face of peaceful Palestinian marches.

We also call on the international community, represented by the Security Council, to assume its responsibilities in this regard. We welcome the invitation made by the brotherly State of Kuwait, the Arab member of the Security Council, to convene an emergency meeting of the Council to discuss the response to this heinous crime.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemned yesterday, the targeting of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli occupation forces, and warned of the grave dangers and negative consequences of this dangerous escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories, stressing its total rejection of the use of force on peaceful marches calling for the just rights of the Palestinian people.

We would like to emphasize that East Jerusalem is part of the territories occupied in 1967 and one of the final status issues, whose fate will be resolved only through negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, in accordance with the relevant international laws and the two-state solution, and the call for the need to stop all unilateral actions aimed at changing the status of Al Quds, which is contrary to international resolutions, and impedes efforts to establish security and peace in the region

Among the other serious challenges that the Palestinian question has to deal with, is the attempts trying to undermine the effort the United Nations puts in UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Israeli moves that emerged following the Nakba in 1948 and intensified in 1967, hoping to dismantle this important international agency, which was originally created by the UN with an intention to help Palestinian refugees, in addition to their attempts to occupy the remaining Palestinian lands.

We believe that the major permanent member States have a huge responsibility to bear the consequences of this issue and are further responsible for paying their share to contribute to the Agency’s budget in order to meet the minimum needs of Palestinian refugees across the region.

In conclusion, we call upon the International community to scale up their efforts in facing the recent developments and their serious consequences. We also call the Arab Group at the UN in New York to intensify their diplomatic efforts, including a request to resume the 10th Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly of the UN, to make the appropriate decision in this matter, in case the Security Council fails to carry out the tasks entrusted to it pursuant to General Assembly resolution which is entitled as “Uniting for Peace”.

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