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QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE
OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES, INCLUDING PALESTINE
Letter dated 21 October 2003 from the Permanent Observer for
Palestine to the United Nations Office at Geneva addressed to
the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights
Israeli massacres against Palestinians, mass killing, collective punishment, collective siege, massive house demolition and mass displacement of families at the hands of Israeli troops against Palestinians persist, meaning that Israel as well as its occupation authorities are insistent on perpetrating flagrant violations of human rights, the principles of international law and international humanitarian law. This is done in total disobedience of the will of the international community and Commission on Human Rights resolutions, encouraged in so doing by complete impunity and the absence of any international deterrent.
In the light of this continued massacre, we renew our appeal to the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chair of the Commission on Human Rights immediately to intervene and urge the Government of Israel to stop without delay its onslaught and continued massacres against the Palestinian people, and to comply with the principles of human rights, international humanitarian law and Commission on Human Rights resolutions in this respect.
I would be most grateful if you could have this letter distributed as an official document of the sixtieth session of the Commission on Human Rights, under its agenda item 8.