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1 November 1995
Thursday, 26 October 1995
at 10 a.m.
SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 15TH MEETING
Mr. PETRESKI (The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
AGENDA ITEM 12: REPORT OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m
AGENDA ITEM 12: REPORT OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (A/50/3, A/50/126-E/1995/20, A/50/126/Add.1-E/1995/20/Add.1, A/50/132, A/50/175-E/1995/57, A/50/180-E/1995/63, A/50/213-E/1995/87, A/50/262-E/1995/59; A/C.2/50/L.3 and L.4)
(Syrian Arab Republic) said that the Secretary-General’s report on the social and economic effects of Israeli settlements on the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territory and the Arab population of the Syrian Golan (
) had clearly shown that Israel continued to install and enlarge Israeli settlements in the occupied Syrian Arab Golan, an area which it had annexed in contravention of the principle of non-acquisition of territory by force, in violation of Security Council resolution
28. The report provided evidence of Israel’s determination to ignore the interests of the Arab citizens of the occupied Syrian Arab Golan and their right of access to natural resources there. In 1994, the Israeli Minister for Industry had declared Israel’s Golan policy a matter of top national priority. Furthermore, the Judaization of Arab place names and the use of names taken from the Torah for the settlements in the occupied Syrian Arab Golan constituted a clear attempt to give a Hebrew identity to occupied Syrian Arab territory.
29. On the pretext of security, Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Arab Golan had had their land taken from them, had been prevented from marketing their crops and had been robbed even of well and rain water. Denied a range of health, educational and other public services, they were the victims of a clear policy of discrimination in favour of new Jewish settlers who had been lured into settling in the occupied Syrian Arab Golan. The Israeli Government had further tried to impose Israeli nationality on Arab citizens in the area by depriving them of an Arab education, censoring schoolbooks and imposing the Hebrew language. Those actions and Israel’s consistent refusal to comply with international calls for an end to human rights abuses illustrated that country’s blatant disregard for international law and for conventions on the protection of persons living under occupation.
The meeting rose at 12.30 p.m