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Yesterday evening, at approximately 7.30 p.m. (local time), a Palestinian terrorist was intercepted near the entrance to the village of Kfar Hess, east of the Israeli city of Netanya. When Security officers arrived on the scene, the terrorist opened fire killing Aharon Usishkin, age 50, and seriously wounding another officer.
In another incident, Palestinian terrorists shot and killed Hadas Abutbul, age 39 and mother of four, as she returned from work to her home in the community of Mevo Dotan on Friday, 9 November 2001. The terrorists set up a roadside ambush and shot Abutbul in the back as she drove past, causing her to lose control and her car to overturn. The terrorists then fled towards Palestinian-controlled territory. The Al-Aqsa Brigade, a military arm of Chairman Arafat’s own Fatah faction, later claimed responsibility for the murder.
The murder of Aharon Usishkin and Hadas Abutbul are the latest fatalities in the ongoing Palestinian terrorist campaign that has been detailed in my letters dated 5 November 2001 (A/56/604-S/2001/1048), 24 October 2001 (A/54/406-S/2001/1011), 19 October 2001 (A/56/492-S/2001/990), 17 October 2001 (A/56/483-S/2001/975), 8 October 2001 (A/56/450-S/2001/948), 5 October 2001 (A/56/444-S/2001/943), 3 October 2001 (A/56/438-S/2001/938), 24 September 2001 (A/56/406-S/2001/907), 20 September 2001 (A/56/386-S/2001/892), 17 September 2001 (A/56/367-S/2001/875), 7 September 2001 (A/56/346-S/2001/858), 4 September 2001 (A/56/331-S/2001/840), 30 August 2001 (A/56/325-S/2001/834), 27 August 2001 (A/56/324-S/2001/825), 13 August 2001 (A/56/294-S/2001/787), 9 August 2001 (A/56/272-S/2001/768), 27 July 2001 (A/56/225-S/2001/743), 26 July 2001 (A/56/223-S/2001/737), 17 July 2001 (A/56/201-S/2001/706), 13 July 2001 (A/56/184-S/2001/696), 3 July 2001 (A/56/138-S/2001/662), 21 June 2001 (A/56/119-S/2001/619), 19 June 2001 (A/56/98-S/2001/611), 18 June 2001 (A/56/97-S/2001/604), 13 June 2001 (A/56/92-S/2001/585), 11 June 2001 (A/56/91-S/2001/580), 4 June 2001 (A/56/85-S/2001/555), 30 May 2001 (A/56/81-S/2001/540), 25 May 2001 (A/56/80-S/2001/524), 18 May 2001 (A/56/78-S/2001/506), 11 May 2001 (A/56/72-S/2001/473), 9 May 2001 (A/56/69-S/2001/459), 1 May 2001 (A/55/924-S/2001/435), 23 April 2001 (A/55/910-S/2001/396), 16 April 2001 (A/55/901-S/2001/364), 28 March 2001 (A/55/863-S/2001/291), 27 March 2001 (A/55/860-S/2001/280), 26 March 2001 (A/55/858-S/2001/278), 19 March 2001 (A/55/842-S/2001/244), 5 March 2001 (A/55/821-S/2001/193), 2 March 2001 (A/55/819-S/2001/187), 14 February 2001 (A/55/787-S/2001/137), 13 February 2001 (A/55/781-S/2001/132), 2 February 2001 (A/55/762-S/2001/103), 25 January 2001 (A/55/748-S/2001/81), 23 January 2001 (A/55/742-S/2001/71), 28 December 2000 (A/55/719-S/2000/1252), 22 November 2000 (A/55/641-S/2000/1114), 20 November 2000 (A/55/634-S/2000/1108) and 2 November 2000 (A/55/540-S/2000/1065).
The Government of Israel holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for these attacks in light of its continuing role in orchestrating a campaign of violence and terrorism and its steadfast refusal to take concerted action against known terrorists operating in its territory. More than a year after violence erupted, incitement is still rampant in the official Palestinian media, terrorists remain free to roam the streets and plan further attacks, and Palestinian territory is still being used as staging ground for murderous aggression against Israeli civilians.
Such flagrant disregard for the will of the international community as it mobilizes its resources to fight against terrorism cannot be tolerated. The Palestinian leadership must take action, in accordance with its international obligations and signed agreements reached between the parties, to end the violence and terrorism emanating from the territory under its control. Israel calls on the international community to exert maximum pressure on all States and entities that support terrorism, or that are actively engaged in terrorist operations, and to act comprehensively and without distinction to ensure their compliance with international law.
I should be grateful if you would arrange to have the text of the present letter circulated as a document of the fifty-sixth session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 166, and of the Security Council.