Question of Palestine home
Department of Public Information (DPI)
26 February 2013
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPOKESPERSON’S NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY,
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL
TUESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2013
POLITICAL CHIEF: U.N. TROUBLED BY ROCKET ATTACK INTO ISRAEL,
CONCERNED AT DEATH OF PALESTINIAN PRISONER
Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, provided an update on the situation in the Middle East in an open meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday morning. He noted the continued frustration at the failure over many years to break the impasse between the Israelis and Palestinians, but added that it is now time for all of us to act decisively if we are to salvage the two-State solution.
He said that the United Nations was concerned to learn of the death in detention over the weekend of a Palestinian man, Arafat Jaradat, who had been arrested by the Israelis. He said that the United Nations underscores the importance of restoring calm and calls for an independent and transparent investigation by the Israeli authorities into Jaradat’s death, the results of which should be made public.
He added the United Nations was deeply troubled by Tuesday’s rocket attack into Israel, saying there is no justification for such attacks.