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Political stagnation inflames tensions in Palestinian territories: Wennesland
Political stagnation inflames tensions in Palestinian territories: Wennesland
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West Bank, ALRAY- Tor Wennesland , UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process warned that political stagnation leads to inflame tensions, instability and a deepening sense of despair in light of deteriorating the status in occupied Palestinian territories, and not realizing any progress in two-state solution.    


In his speech before the UN on Tuesday, Tor said that settlement activities, demolishing and expropriate Palestinian properties, Israeli operation in A areas, restrictions on Palestinian movements, and Gaza siege inflame the violence in the territories.



“The security situation in Gaza remains fragile, and the security dynamics in the occupiedT West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are deteriorating, including increased tension in and around the holy sites,” he said.


“This frame must address the political, economic, and security challenges,” noting to the need for parallel steps by the government of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the international community.


He also shed the light on the Israeli settlers attacks against Palestinians, noting that these attacks led to 18 injuries among Palestinians and damaging many properties.


Since the beginning of the olive harvest season a week ago, it has been reported that settlers have damaged more than 1,200 olive trees. On October, about 40 settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in Yasuf village north of Salfit, injuring a Palestinian woman with pepper spray and three others with stones.


Tor called on Israeli government to take steps to protect Palestinian civilians from settlers aggressions, and hold the aggressors accountable.


He also criticized settlements constructions, stressing that all settlements are illegal under the international law and constitutes an obstacle in face of achieving peace.


Big numbers of Palestinians, including children, still subject to killing and injuring by Israeli forces.


“Civilians are suffering and paying a heavy price for the continuation of the conflict, including the protracted occupation,” Wencesland said.


"I welcome the recently announced contributions, from major donors, yet UNRWA still lacks the funds to continue its vital programs for the rest of the year."Tor expressed concern over UNRWA's continuing budget shortfalls, stressing that UNRWA is indispensable to achieving regional stability and must have the necessary resources to fulfill its mandate.