The United Nations Security Council debate on the occupied territories resumed on Thursday (20 May), with Pakistan calling for a peace based on justice, and Egypt again accusing Israel of "using Nazi tactics" on the West Bank of the Jordan.
GV INT Security Council (SILENT)
SV Pakistan delegate Iqbal Akhund speaking (SOUND)
SV PAN ALONG Delegates, including Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim (SILENT)
SV Egyptian delegate, Ahmed Meguid speaking (SOUND)
AKHUND: "There should surely be no real disagreement that acts of oppression such as are daily being committed on the West Bank, should be condemned. Nor should there be disagreement on the need to call for the rescinding of measures and halting of attempts by Israel to change the physical, cultural, demographic and religious character of the occupied territories. Above all the policy of establishing settlements in occupied territories must be halted at once and reversed. As regards the larger question of peace in the Middle East, it is evident that a just and pacific settlement of the Middle East, it is evident that a just and pacific settlement of the Middle East dispute is not being brought nearer by the current handling of the situation on the West Bank by Israel."
MEGUID: "It is evident now that the situation in the occupied territories is deteriorating rapidly and developing form bad to worse due to the territorist measures used by the Israeli authorities against the Palestinian people in those territories. (Indistinct) that the Israeli government is bent in its determination of contempt of the Security Council and the world community at large. This means the tactics and measures seem to be the order of the day for the Israeli army; shooting at random at young people, children and women, erecting iron gates between different parts in Palestinian cities in order to establish new types of ghettos, ejection of persons by force from their rooms, deportation of political leaders without any notice, closing Arab newspapers and censoring some others, entering forcibly schools even those belonging to the United Nations. Mr. President, one could go for hours referring to such Israeli measures."
This film is serviced with English speech by Mr. Akhund and Mr. Meguid. Transcripts appear below:
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Background: The United Nations Security Council debate on the occupied territories resumed on Thursday (20 May), with Pakistan calling for a peace based on justice, and Egypt again accusing Israel of "using Nazi tactics" on the West Bank of the Jordan.
Pakistan's Ambassador, Iqbal Akhund, called on the Council to condemn changes made by the Israelis in the physical, cultural and demographic character of the occupied territories. He also said Israel's policy on Jewish settlement on the West Bank should be reversed.
In his speech, Egyptian Ambassador, Ahmed Meguid, said it was becoming more apparent every day that Israel held the Security Council and world opinion in contempt.
He said the continuing use of Nazi tactics and measures was the order of the day for the Israelis, and that the shooting of a young Arab girl, the erecting of gates in Nablus and the closing down of Arab newspapers were all part of an Israeli policy to exterminate the rightful inhabitants of the West Bank.
Wary of a possible United States veto, the Council members considered issuing a consensus statement instead of passing a formal resolution on Israel's treatment of captured Arab territories, on Thursday.