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        General Assembly
        Security Council

12 October 2000

Original: English

General Assembly
Fifty-fifth session
Agenda items 36, 40, 41 and 85
Bethlehem 2000
The situation in the Middle East
Question of Palestine
Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories
Security Council
Fifty-fifth year

Identical letters dated 12 October 2000 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, has taken military actions today tantamount to the declaration of an overall war against the entire Palestinian people, which is already under military occupation. In the last few hours, the Israeli occupying forces have encroached Palestinian cities, dramatically increasing their presence in the vicinities of these cities, and fired rockets from helicopter gunships and Israeli military ships to destroy several official Palestinian locations in Ramallah and near Gaza City. These violent military actions have resulted in the heavy loss of Palestinian lives and the severe destruction of property in wholly civilian areas in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

All such Israeli actions are grave violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949. They are in violation of all norms of international law, including the resolutions of the United Nations, and of the agreements reached between the two sides in the context of the Middle East peace process. They also threaten to plunge the whole region into a serious confrontation.

We call for an immediate meeting of the Security Council and immediate action by the Council to bring an end to these illegal military actions and the extremely dangerous situation that has developed.

I should be grateful if you would arrange to have the text of this letter distributed as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda items 36, 40, 41 and 85, and of the Security Council.

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

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