APN's Lara Friedman Addresses the United Nations Security Council on Settlements

Lara-at-UNSC-distance350x467Lara Friedman, director of policy and government relations at APN, spoke on October 14, 2016 before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at a special session organized to examine the issue of “Illegal Israeli Settlements: An Obstacle to Peace and a Threat to the Two-State Solution.”

Speaking in advance of the meeting, APN President and CEO Debra DeLee stated:

Israeli settlement policies is an issue on which APN and our Israeli sister organization, Shalom Achshav, are justifiably recognized as the leading experts, both in terms of knowing and in terms of explaining the facts about settlements and their implications for peace and the two-state solution. And the facts point to a clear conclusion: the Israeli government’s policy of prioritizing settlements threatens the vital interests of Israel – its people and its national future. This Security Council meeting is a welcome opportunity to highlight the damage settlements are doing to Israel and the quest for peace.


IMG_3949VIEW: Full video of the October 14, 2016 UNSC Arria-formula meeting on settlements

READ: Lara Friedman's statement to the UNSC, delivered October 14, 2016
(A pdf of the statement may be viewed/downloaded here).

VIEW: The Post-meeting press conference

LISTEN: To the Briefing Call with Lara Friedman and Israeli legal expert Michael Sfard (immediately following the UNSC meeting & press conference)


Media coverage

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YNet 10/13/2016: B'Tselem to address UN Security Council's informal meeting on West Bank settlements
Haaretz 10/13/2016: Israeli NGOs to Address Special UN Security Council Session on Settlements
Arutz Sheva 10/13/2016: MK Kish: Time to disconnect from B'Tselem and Peace Now
ABCNews 10/13/2016: Palestinians Push for UN Membership and Against Settlements
Times of Israel 10/13/2016: B’Tselem under fire for planned UN presentation on settlements