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        General Assembly
24 November 2000

Original: English

Third Committee

Summary record of the 30th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 20 October 2000, at 3 p.m.

Chairperson: Ms. Gittens-Joseph............................................... (Trinidad & Tobago)


Agenda item 110: Promotion and protection of the rights of children (continued)

Agenda item 107: Advancement of women (continued)

Agenda item 112: Elimination of racism and racial discrimination* (continued)

Agenda item 113: Right of peoples to self-determination* (continued)

The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.


Agenda item 113: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued) (A/55/176 and Add.1, and A/55/334)


Statements in exercise of the right of reply

47. Ms. Bharghouti (Observer for Palestine) said that the Israeli representative had falsely stated, at the preceding meeting, that 99 per cent of Palestinians lived under the rule of the Palestinian Authority. The international community had noted that Israeli helicopter gunships had fired missiles at Palestinian towns and Israeli tanks had rolled into Palestinian areas; it had seen the Israeli occupying force using indiscriminate and excessive force against Palestinian civilians. Clearly, the whole of the Palestinian Territory was under Israeli occupation.

48. The Israeli representative had stated that those Palestinians who chose to send their children out to participate in acts of violence and aggression bore full responsibility for the results of that criminal abuse of children — a racist and insensitive remark. As the scholar Dr. Hanan Ashrawi had pointed out, blaming the victim was a common means by which the guilty party rationalized and distorted the horror of its crime, whether the victim was a battered wife, an abused child or a Palestinian subjected to the brutality of the Israeli occupation.

49. The father of the 12-year-old boy Mohammed al-Durra had not wanted his son to join the long list of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army: he had begged them to spare the life of his son, who had been shot and killed as the world watched. That incident contradicted the words of the Israeli representative, and revealed that the Israeli army had no regard for the lives of Palestinians, especially Palestinian children.


The meeting rose at 4.50 p.m.

*Items which the Committee had decided to consider together.

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