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The situation has indeed continued t deteriorate in Jerusalem and other parts of the occupied West Bank and is becoming explosive. The magistrate’s ruling concerning the Al-Aqsa mosque can no longer be viewed in isolation but must be seen, along with recent expropriations of Arab-owned lands in Jerusalem and the establishment of Jewish settlements in Arab areas, as part of a policy of absorbing occupied Jerusalem into Israel and changing its cultural and demographic character in calculated defiance of the Security Council and General Assembly resolutions on the subject. The extensiveness, violence and tenacity of the demonstrations reflect the determination of the people of the occupied territories to resist Israel’s attempt to annex East Jerusalem. According to press reports, the occupied authorities have fired on demonstrators and are carrying out mass arrests and intimidation of the civilian population with the held of the Israeli armed forces. Such action will aggravate the situation and jeopardize the prospects for a just peaceful settlement in the Middle East.
Accordingly, we call on the Security Council to take prompt and effective measures which would halt the deterioration of the situation and put an end to Israel defiance of its existing decisions on Jerusalem. We also request that representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization be invited to participate in the debate as on previous occasions.