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        General Assembly
27 November 2002

Original: Spanish

General Assembly
Fifty-sixth session
Official Records
Third Committee

Summary record of the 21st meeting

Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 24 October 2001, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. Al-Hinai ....................... (Oman)



Agenda item 115: Promotion and protection of the rights of children ( continued)

The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.


Agenda item 115: Promotion and protection of the rights of the child ( continued ) (A/56/203, A/56/222-S/2001/736, A/56/342-S/2001/852, A/56/453, A/56/488)


36. Mr. Al Dehaimi (Qatar) ...


40. Lastly, his delegation wished to express its concern for the Palestinian children who were dying as a result of Israeli repression. Israel’s actions were a cause for great concern, because, as had been observed, Israel was taking advantage of the current international situation to carry out raids in the occupied Palestinian territories, kill civilians and paralyse local services in the villages, leaving children orphaned, disrupting school classes and causing turmoil among whole sectors of the population. It was a war on all fronts against the Palestinians, which stripped children of their most basic rights. The Organization of the Islamic Conference had requested the Security Council to hold an urgent meeting to ensure that the Government of Israel ended its repression of the Palestinians and withdrew from the territories under Palestinian jurisdiction.


64. Mr. Gabay (Israel) ...


69. Some speakers had accused Israel of taking advantage of the current international situation to increase the suffering of Palestinian women and children. While it sincerely regretted the living conditions of those women and children, his delegation recommended seeking the causes of their suffering in the lamentable policies of their leaders: in the systematic and institutionalized teaching of hatred and contempt for Jews and Israelis in the schools; in the incitement to violence in the sermons of the muftis in the mosques; in slanderous and inflamed messages by the Palestinian media and the violent manifestations of Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in the streets of Gaza and Ramallah; and in the cynical use of children in violent confrontations. Terrorism was the main reason for the suffering endured by the Palestinian women, children and people. Terrorism, regardless of its motivation, was the number one enemy of the dialogue for peace and the greatest obstacle to the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, including the right to life.


The meeting rose at 5.05 p.m.

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