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        General Assembly
12 November 2013

Original: English

Sixty-eighth session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 18th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 18 October 2013, at 3 p.m.

Chair: Mr. von Haff (Vice-Chair) .............................................................. (Angola)


In the absence of Mr. Tafrov (Bulgaria), Mr. von Haff (Angola), Vice-Chair, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.

Agenda item 65: Promotion and protection of the rights of children (continued)


7. Ms. Dagher (Lebanon) ...


8. More than half the children in her country were Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Despite its desire to protect their rights, her Government did not have the capacity to accommodate them in Lebanese schools, provide them with health services or assist the most vulnerable among them. She appealed to the international community to support her country in its voluntary role as host to more than a million and a half refugees, the majority of whom were children. Pledges of assistance were still falling short of what was urgently needed to confront the humanitarian crisis.


45. Ms. Bar-Sadeh (Israel), speaking in exercise of the right of reply, said that by repeating baseless accusations at the Committee’s previous meeting, the observer for the State of Palestine had once again trampled on the Committee’s procedures in the same way that Palestinians trampled on the rights of their own children, using them as suicide bombers against Israeli children and poisoning their minds with lies about Israel.


47. Ms. Rasheed (Observer for the State of Palestine), speaking in exercise of the right of reply, said that her statement at the Committee’s previous meeting had been a brief but accurate portrayal of the bitter reality of life under occupation. Israel’s statement in exercise of the right of reply attempted to distort the facts and distract attention from Israel’s violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. It was the racist statement of an occupying Power that somehow believed that Palestinian parents did not love their children in the same way that others did and would willingly place them in harm’s way. The State of Palestine continued to condemn the killing of all children, Israeli and Palestinian, and called on Israel to do likewise. The only way to give both Israeli and Palestinian children the life they deserved was for Israel to cease its occupation.

The meeting rose at 5.55 p.m.

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