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        General Assembly

29 March 2001

Original: English

General Assembly
Tenth emergency special session
Agenda item 5
Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem
and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Security Council
Fifty-sixth year

Identical letters dated 29 March 2001 from the Permanent Observer
of Palestine to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
and the President of the Security Council

Israel, the occupying Power, persists with its bloody military campaign against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem. The Israeli occupying forces continue today to terrorize and traumatize the Palestinian civilian population living under the brutal Israeli occupation. For the past six months, the Palestinian people have endured the violent actions and punitive measures of the occupying Power. Such actions and measures against the Palestinian people have resulted in hundreds of killings, including of children, thousands of serious injuries, the destruction of property and infrastructure, including buildings, roads, and agricultural fields, and the devastation of the Palestinian economy. In pursuing this violent military campaign, Israel, the occupying Power, continues to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949 and violate international law, including Security Council resolutions. We hold the Israeli government of Mr. Ariel Sharon responsible for the war crimes and actions committed by the Israeli occupying forces, which are akin to State terrorism.

Today, the Israeli occupying forces continued to use heavy artillery against Palestinian targets in the Occupied Territory, and it has been reported that Israel’s security cabinet is planning more strikes in the coming days. As noted in my letter to you on 28 March 2001, the bombings carried out yesterday in Ramallah and Gaza caused the deaths of two Palestinians and extensive damage to buildings of the Palestinian Authority. Moreover, these attacks by helicopter gunships and tanks have caused widespread fear and anxiety among the Palestinian civilian populations in the targeted cities. In this regard, it must be emphasized that the targets of recent Israeli air and land attacks have been located in the midst of civilian residential neighbourhoods and have thus endangered the lives of thousands of people — children, women and men.

Further, in addition to the bombings in Ramallah and Gaza, the Israeli occupying forces have continued shelling Palestinian neighbourhoods in Al-Khalil. The Palestinian people in Al-Khalil have been living under an intense siege that has been exacerbated by this shelling and shooting by the Israeli army and the violent actions, including the burning of Palestinian property, being perpetrated by the extremist illegal settlers in the city.

In this regard, in follow-up to my previous letters to you, dated from 29 September 2000 to 28 March 2001 (A/55/432-S/2000/921; A/55/437-S/2000/930; A/55/450-S/2000/957; A/55/466-S/2000/971; A/55/474-S/2000/984; A/55/490-S/2000/993; A/ES-10/39-S/2000/1015; A/ES-10/40-S/2000/1025; A/ES-10/42-S/2000/1068; A/ES-10/43-S/2000/1078; A/ES-10/44-S/2000/1093; A/ES-10/45-S/2000/1104; A/ES-10/46-S/2000/1107; A/ES-10/47-S/2000/1116; A/ES-10/48-S/2000/1129; A/ES-10/49-S/2000/1154; A/ES-10/50-S/2000/1173; A/ES-10/51-S/2000/1185; A/ES-10/52-S/2000/1215; A/ES-10/53-S/2000/1247; A/ES-10/54-S/2001/7; A/ES-10/55-S/2001/33; A/ES/10/56-S/2001/50, A/ES-10/57-S/2001/101; A/ES-10/58-S/2001/131; A/ES-10/59-S/2001/156; A/ES-10/60-S/2001/175; A/ES-10/61-S/2001/189; A/ES-10/64-S/2001/209; A/ES-10/65-S/2001/226; A/ES-10/66-S/2001/239; A/ES-10/67-S/2001/255 and A/ES-10/68-S/2001/284), it is my deep regret to inform you that yesterday two Palestinian martyrs, in addition to the two mentioned in my letter yesterday, were killed and four more martyrs were killed today by the Israeli occupying forces. (The names of eight martyrs are contained in the annex to the present letter.) The killing of those Palestinians, including three children under 18 years of age, brings the total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by the Israeli occupying forces to 390 people. At the same time, the ongoing shelling and shooting by the Israeli army has caused the injury of dozens more Palestinian civilians in recent days, many seriously.

In light of the continuing Israeli military campaign against the Palestinian people, and the grave possibility of its further escalation, we are compelled to reiterate our call for the international community to take the necessary and appropriate measures to bring this bloody and violent campaign to an end. In this regard, we stress once again the urgent need for providing protection for the Palestinian people, who continue to endure extensive loss of life, injuries and destruction as a result of the illegal policies and actions of the occupying Power. The international community must bear its responsibilities in this regard for the maintenance of peace and security and for the saving of human lives.

I would be grateful if you would arrange to have the text of the present letter and its annex distributed as an official document of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly and the Security Council.

(Signed) Nasser Al-Kidwa
Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations

Annex to the identical letters dated 29 March 2001 from the Permanent Observer
of Palestine to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
and the President of the Security Council

Names of martyrs killed by Israeli security forces in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem
(Wednesday, 28 March through Thursday, 29 March 2001)

Wednesday, 28 March 2001

1. Khayriah Kassem Ali Kashaksha
2. Yehia Fathi Mohammed Sheikh Al-Eid (11 years old)
3. Akram Al-Hindi
4. Suad Khalil Ei’tewi

Thursday, 29 March 2001

1. Hussam Ghanem Al-Krunz
2. Mahmoud Khaled Shehada (16 years old)
3. Mahmoud Sulieman Abu Shamlah (15 years old)
4. Ehab Mohammed Abu Huleil

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