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        Security Council
22 June 2015

Original: English

Identical letters dated 19 June 2015 from the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council

Today, on the eve of Shabbat, a Palestinian man shot two 25-year-old Israeli civilians at close range, killing one of them. The terrorist attracted the attention of his victims by asking for their assistance. When they approached to help him, the terrorist pulled a gun out of his bag and shot the two in cold blood. This terrorist took advantage of the compassion of these young men to commit this heinous crime.

This act is another in a chain of incidents in the ongoing Palestinian violence in the West Bank. These violent acts are ignited by the constant incitement by the Palestinian leadership. Instead of leading their people towards peace, these leaders are leading the whole area into instability.

During this period of Ramadan, Israel has taken steps to reduce tensions, removing restrictions in order to allow Palestinians to celebrate and enjoy maximum freedom of movement for the holiday prayers. The international community should insist that the Palestinians prevent violence and refrain from inciting emotions during this sensitive period.

The United Nations should change the regular so-called balanced response that is calling on both sides to show restraint. Only one side is responsible for this heinous murder. I call upon the Secretary-General and the Security Council to condemn this act of terror unequivocally.

I should be grateful if you would have the present letter distributed as a document of the Security Council.

(Signed) Ron Prosor
Permanent Representative

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