Violence is on the rise in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israeli authorities are continuing to demolish and confiscate Palestinian-owned homes and property, in contravention of international law, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process said on Thursday.
“It is hard to articulate the flesh and blood meaning of the exposed lives Palestinians endure under occupation,” he said, calling on Security Council members to act to reduce their suffering.
Hours before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani takes the same rostrum, US President Donald Trump denounced the clerical regime as sowing “chaos, death and destruction” and doubled down on the US withdrawal of an international agreement on curbing Tehran’s nuclear program. “We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons. We cannot allow a regime that chants ‘Death to America’ and that threatens Israel with annihilation, to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth. We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues.”
“The United Nations’ members should not turn a blind eye to these threats and must take firms actions to eliminate all Israeli nuclear weapons,” Fars news agency quoted Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou as saying in letters to the U.N. secretary general and the security council.
US’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said: “Russia can’t be allowed to edit and obstruct independent UN reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don’t like what they say.” She accused the UN panel of “caving to Russian pressure” and making changes to its report. “This is a dangerous precedent and a stain on the important work of the Panel,” Haley said, calling for the initial version of the report — dating from early August — to be published.