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        General Assembly
18 January 2011

Original: English

Sixty-fifth session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 16th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 15 October 2010, at 10 a.m.

Chair: Mrs. Ploder (Vice-Chair) .................................................. (Austria)
Later: Mr. Tommo Monthe ..................................................... (Cameroon)


Agenda item 64: Promotion and protection of the rights of the child (continued) (A/65/336)


17. Mr. Al-Shami (Yemen) ...


21. The Yemeni delegation welcomed the support provided by its international partners, particularly UNICEF, to guarantee a better life for children, in Yemen and elsewhere. In conclusion, he deplored the fact that Palestinian children continued to live under Israeli occupation, enduring very harsh conditions and being deprived of their fundamental rights on a daily basis. He therefore invited the international community to face up to its responsibilities and to put an end to that situation so that all the children could live in peace.


60. Mr. Zeidan (Palestine) said he deplored the fact that all the Palestinian children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, were deprived of their fundamental rights, which were essential to their survival, welfare and development. For more than 40 years, Israel, the occupying Power, had been carrying out destructive policies and imposing a reign of psychological terror, depriving the children of any feeling of security. It was imprisoning and illegally detaining hundreds of children, indiscriminately attacking homes, schools, hospitals, places of worship and even United Nations buildings with sophisticated weapons, and using children as human shields, thereby flouting their most fundamental right, the right to life.

61. The Israeli attack on the occupied Gaza Strip between December 2008 and January 2009 had resulted in 350 deaths and 1,800 wounded among Palestinian children. His delegation also denounced the land, air and sea blockade that, for nearly two years, had been preventing essential infrastructure from being rebuilt and had caused a grave humanitarian crisis owing to the restriction on the movement of goods and persons. Dozens of children had died for lack of medical treatment.

62. In the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Israeli occupying forces were continuing, through demolition and eviction, to make Palestinian children homeless and to inflict severe trauma on them, depriving them even of their scarce playgrounds. In their everyday life, Palestinian children were also in danger of being the targets of humiliation and attacks by the occupying forces or by illegal settlers, who were heavily armed and enjoyed total impunity. In that regard, there was the example of two teenagers from Hebron who had been shot dead by a settler on the way to school in June 2010, and the more recent case of two others deliberately run over by a car driven by a settler in East Jerusalem.

63. In conclusion, the international community should take the necessary measures immediately to put an end to all the abuses committed by Israel and demand reparation for the crimes committed against the Palestinian civilian population, especially the children. Israel should put an end to the occupation and let the Palestinians exercise their inalienable rights, so that their children could grow up and live in peace and liberty in their independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital.


80. Mr. Ghufli (United Arab Emirates) ...


83. ... The United Arab Emirates wished to recall the plight of the Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in Gaza, who were suffering from lack of food, care, medicines, housing and security, and they urged States to cooperate to improve their living conditions in accordance with the principles of human rights and with the relevant international resolutions.

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Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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