Briefing to the 8782nd session of the Security Council, May 27, 2021

Posted May 31, 2021 by Rashid Khalidi in MR Online.

The events of the last few weeks have provoked worldwide recognition of realities on the ground in Occupied Palestine, realities of systemic discrimination, of oppression, and of settler colonialism. People have responded to the images that emerged from different parts of Palestine and were diffused by social media. Mass awareness of the crimes committed by Israeli soldiers and settlers has translated into calls for action.

We are at a new juncture regarding the Question of Palestine. The impunity that the Israeli government has long enjoyed is coming to an end. Institutions like the United Nations Security Council have a duty to ensure that Israel, a nuclear-armed regional superpower, is not placed on the same footing as the Palestinian people who have never been allowed to enjoy self-determination.

Dr. Rashid Khalidi was asked to brief the United Nations Security Council on May 27, 2021, on the steps necessary to implement UN resolutions and provide peace and security for all in Palestine. The text of his remarks follows. —Institute for Palestinian Studies

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Rashid Ismail Khalidi is a Palestinian American historian of the Middle East, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. His publications include The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006), Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1997). Reissued with new preface (2010), Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013) and Under Siege: PLO Decisionmaking During the 1982 War (1985). Reissued with new preface (2014).

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