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        General Assembly
        Security Council

16 October 1986


Forty-first session
Agenda item 71
Forty-first year

Letter dated 15 October 1986 from the Permanent Representative of Jordan
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

I am sending you the most recent information on Israeli settlement activity in the occupied Arab territories during the month of September 1986. This activity includes the confiscation of Arab land for the implementation of Israeli settlement plans aimed at expelling the Arab inhabitants from their land and taking it over, which violates the principles of international law relating to military occupation and, in particular, the Hague Convention of 1907 and the fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.

I need not stress the danger of the continuation of such a policy for international peace and security and for the prospects for peace in the region.

I should be grateful if you would have this letter and its annex circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 71, and of the Security Council.
(Signed) Abdullah SALAH
Permanent Representative


Israeli settlement during the month of September 1986

I. During the month of September 1986, the Israeli occupation authorities confiscated a total of 8,889 dunums of land in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the purpose of settler colonialism. A breakdown of this land is as follows:

Area in dunums
Location of confiscated land
Date of confiscation
3 500
1 600
2 000
    Salfit and Iskaka
    Salfit and Kafal Haris
    North of the Morag settlement near Rafah
    West of the Netzarim settlement south of Gaza
    East of the Morag settlement north of Rafah
    Za'tarah and Furaydis (Bethlehem)
    Silwad and Mazra'ah al-Sharqiyah (Ramallah)
    Wadi Fukin (Bethlehem)
    Kafr Laqif, Dayr Istya and Jinsafut between Tulkarm and Nablus
    South of the Ali Sinai settlement in the Gaza Strip
4 September 1986
6 September 1986
7 September 1986
7 September 1986
7 September 1986
16 September 1986
17 September 1986
17 September 1986
22 September 1986
27 September 1986
22 September 1986

II. During the month of September 1986, the Israeli authorities also built one settlement, namely:

Name of
Date of
Establishing agent
Beit Ha'arabaAl-Aghwar1 September 1986The Nahal Movement of the
Israeli Army

III. Settlement activities carried out during the period covered by this note include the following:

1. During the term of incumbency of Shimon Peres (the leader of the Labour Party), which commenced in September 1984, 20,000 Jewish settlers have been settled in the Israeli settlements established in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, bringing the number of Jewish settlers in the settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to 61,800. This figure does not, of course, include the number of settlers in Jerusalem and the Israeli settlements surrounding the city.

2. Yitzhak Shamir, the Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs, is reported to have said on 29 September 1986 that increasing the number of Jews in the West Bank is more important than building new settlements there and that the West Bank is not occupied territory but the land of Israel, on which Jews have a right to settle. On 1 September 1986, he also said that, when he takes over as Prime Minister in October 1986, he will seek to establish a ministerial committee to deal with the question of settlement and that he is currently negotiating with the President of the Council of Jewish Settlements in the Occupied Territories, Otniel Schneller, for the latter's appointment as his adviser on settlement affairs after he replaces Peres as Prime Minister.

3. The leaders of the Citizens of Judea, Samaria and Gaza Movement are currently collecting signatures from the Herut Party Conference to a document calling for the allocation of a budget for the establishment of seven settlements in the West Bank e before the rotation takes place. Those to whom the document has been submitted include Yitzhak Shamir, David Levy, Ariel Sharon, Moshe Arens and Moshe Nissim.

4. It was announced in Tel Aviv that the Gush Emunim Movement is to establish 20 new settlements during the next two years (i.e. during the term of office of Yitzhak Shamir) and that the leaders of this Movement will make a tour of the sites on which these settlements will be built in the northern and southern parts of the West Bank.

5. On 4 September 1986, it was mentioned officially in Tel Aviv that a project would shortly be announced for the establishment of two new settlements in the Gaza district, to be named Badulah and Beni Atmon.

6. Sasson Shilla, the Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing, said on 25 September 1986 that the Ministry is currently making preparations to build 24,000 new housing units over the next two years in the Israeli settlements already established in the West Bank. As is known, the housing units built over the past two years totalled 12,000.

7. On 14 September 1986, a resolution was adopted allocating the sum of $1.1 million for the establishment of new industrial centres in the West Bank. This sum will be distributed among five settlements in the West Bank, namely: Qedumim, Ofra, Shiloh, Hadar Betar and Neve Tzuf. It is thus expected that new factories will be set up in these settlements.

8. On 20 September 1986, a meeting was held in the office of Shimon Peres which was attended by the Israeli Minister of Finance and the Israeli Minister of Agriculture and in the course of which a decision was taken to provide assistance in the amount of $25 million to existing Israeli settlements in Al-Aghwar, while settlement studies had shown that the plan to give fresh impetus to these settlements requires $170 million.

IV. Israeli settlers made the following attacks on citizens in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip:

1. On 30 August 1986, the settlers of Ofra, located near Ramallah, loosed a raging crocodile on the a number of passers-by in the streets, but they were able to burn it after pouring a quantity of petrol over it.

2. On 8 September 1986, the settlers of Rosh Zurim, located near Bethlehem, opened the sewer outlets of their settlement onto agricultural land belonging to the village of Nahhalin. This resulted in the flooding of 27 square kilometres of that land which caused damage to the public health of the inhabitants, as well as spreading mosquitoes and disease.

3. On 8 September 1986, two settlers from the Armon Hantziv settlement, established on the land of at the house of the citizen above-mentioned settlement.

4. On 10 September 1986, two Qalqilyah and forced the physician by armed threat to pay the sum of 400 new shekels. They then returned a second time to get more money, but the physician notified the police, who detained the two settlers for investigation.

5. On 6 September 1986, the bulldozers of the settlers of Shiloh, located in the Nablus district, uprooted olive and almond trees from the land of the village of Qaryut.

6. On 7 September 1986, Israeli Army forces tried to evacuate dozens of Jewish settlers who had managed, on the night of 6 September 1986, to enter the old synagogue in Gaza and had performed Jewish prayers there. As is known, efforts of this kind have also been made by Jewish, settlers in the cities of Nablus and Jericho.

7. In the summer of 1986, settlers placed herbicides, including the substance "Singer", the strongest of all herbicides, in the water used by farmers to irrigate their land planted with cucumbers in Ayn al-Bayda district, which resulted in the death of the cucumber crop in their area.


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