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16 October 2007

General Assembly

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
11th & 12th Meetings (AM & PM)



The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to continue its general discussion on the advancement of women.

For more background information, please see Press Release GA/SHC/3886 of 15 October 2007.


REDA ABDELHADY NASSER, Observer of Palestine, said that 2007 marked the fortieth anniversary of the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, during which time Israel had violated international law.  The occupation had placed a huge burden on Palestinian women, who faced a unique and tragic situation that needed international attention.  How could the rights of Palestinian women advance, and how could they be empowered, when they had been denied basic rights?  The safety and well-being of Palestinian women and families had been seriously threatened by Israeli military operations.  Difficulties had been exacerbated by Israeli settlements, the ongoing illegal construction of the Wall, and more than 550 checkpoints as well as a racist permit regime on the West Bank.

The situation in the Gaza Strip was dire, resembling an open-air prison, with poverty rife, she said.  Somewhere in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a Palestinian woman was suffering, watching her home being demolished or her land being confiscated, or grieving the loss of a family member.  Somewhere, she either dreamed of returning to her homeland, awaited release from jail to rejoin her family, or was asking how much more pain and hardship she and her family had to endure.  Palestinians wanted peace and they hoped that current peace efforts would bear fruit, resulting in an independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital.  Israel had to cease its illegal policies and practices.  The international community had to ensure that Israel complied with its obligations under international law.  Palestine was grateful to the United Nations and other international organizations for the valuable assistance they had given to Palestinian women and their families.


RASHA HAMDY ( Egypt) ...


Egypt believed in supporting Arab women’s issues and in women’s distinctive contribution to solving regional problems, she said.  In this context, her country had pushed for the establishment of the Organization of Islamic Women under the umbrella of the League of Arab States.  She mentioned Egypt’s support for Arab women suffering under foreign occupation in Palestine, Lebanon and the Syrian Golan.  ...


Right of Reply

The representative of Israel, speaking in exercise of the right of reply, referred to the statement by the Observer for Palestine.  She said that Israel had full sympathy for the suffering of innocent Palestinian women, and that much had to be done to ease their suffering.  Brave leadership, however, was needed by the Palestinians to end terror.  Palestinians, not Israelis, had been killing their own daughters and sisters in the name of family honour.  During clashes between Fatah and Hamas, women and children had been killed.  First and foremost, Palestinian women had been victims of their own society, forced in some cases to carry out terror attacks.  Israel was pleased to hear that the Palestinian people wanted peace, but how did the firing of rockets demonstrate a desire for peace?  But looking at developments on the ground at this moment, there was good reason for optimism, she said, adding that the road to peace would be followed by Israeli and Palestinian women, together.


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