The Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, has sent three identical letters to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the Security Council for this month (United States of America), and the President of the United Nations General Assembly.
These messages address the ongoing acts of killing carried out by Israel, the occupying force, in the Palestinian territories, with Israeli occupation forces and settler militias continuing to target Palestinian civilians, including children, with violence, without any deterrence or fear of consequences.
Mansour pointed out that yesterday, Israeli occupation forces stormed the city of Jenin, resulting in the murder of Mustafa al-Kastouni (32 years old) and the injury of a Palestinian nurse. He also noted the murder of Qusai Suleiman (16) and Mohammed Najoom (25) on August 15 during an Israeli aggression on the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp in Jericho.
In his letters, Mansour highlighted that according to the international non-governmental organization Save the Children, 41 Palestinian children have been murdered by the Israeli occupation forces in 2023 alone. Despite this, Israel remains illogically exempt from the list of persistent violators of children’s rights, which further reinforces their sense of impunity.
Mansour reported that more than 700 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli occupation forces since the beginning of 2023, with many enduring lifelong disabilities as a result.
He affirmed the increasing attacks by Israeli settlers, pointing out that settlers, who have been illegally transferred to the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, have become bolder under the hard-right Israeli government.
Mansour also highlighted the displacement of at least 399 Palestinians as a result of settler violence from seven Palestinian herding communities across the occupied Palestinian territories. This includes the community of Ras Al-Tin, east of Ramallah, who were forced to dismantle their residential and livelihood structures and relocate to a safer location as a result of persistent settler violence.