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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
31 October 1995



September/October 1995


Volume XVIII, Bulletin No. 8





Contents

Page
I.
    Secretary-General welcomes latest Israel-PLO agreement
1
II.
    Secretary-General meets with Chairman Arafat of the PLO
1
III.
    Excerpt from the report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization
1
IV.
    Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
    in the Near East reports to the General Assembly
2
V.
    UNRWA Commissioner-General and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    express concern for plight of Palestinians leaving the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
6
VI.
    PLO Chairman Arafat to inaugurate UNESCO-designed school in Gaza
8
VII.
    Excerpts from the press communiqué issued by the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation
    Council at its fifty-sixth session held on 18 and 19 September 1995
8
VIII.
    Press communiqué from the Organization of the Islamic Conference Committee of Six on Palestine
    issued on 27 September 1995
9
IX.
    Germany and Japan extend support to Palestine refugees
10
X.
    Non-governmental organizations: activities and information
11
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I. SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES LATEST ISRAEL-PLO AGREEMENT


The following statement was issued by the spokesman for Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on 28 September 1995 (see SG/SM/5747-PAL/1822):
II. SECRETARY-GENERAL MEETS WITH CHAIRMAN ARAFAT OF THE PLO

This following statement was issued on 24 October 1995 by the spokesman for Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali (see SG/SM/5795):
III. EXCERPT FROM THE REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
ON THE WORK OF THE ORGANIZATION

The report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization, submitted to the General Assembly at its fiftieth session, contained the following paragraphs relating to the question of Palestine (see A/50/1, paras. 736-743):

IV. COMMISSIONER-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES
IN THE NEAR EAST REPORTS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA submitted his annual report to the General Assembly (A/50/13). A number of other reports relevant to the same item were submitted by the Secretary-General. The item was allocated to the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) of the General Assembly. The reports were summarized as follows in a press release issued at Headquarters (GA/SPD/68):
V. UNRWA COMMISSIONER-GENERAL AND UNITED NATIONS HIGH
COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES EXPRESS CONCERN FOR PLIGHT
OF PALESTINIANS LEAVING THE LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA

The following is the text of a press release issued by UNRWA at Vienna on 13 September 1995 (see PAL/1821):
Subsequently, on 29 September 1995, the following press release was issued by UNRWA and UNHCR at Geneva and Vienna (see PAL/1823-REF/1122):
VI. PLO CHAIRMAN ARAFAT TO INAUGURATE UNESCO-DESIGNED SCHOOL IN GAZA

The following is the text of a press release issued by UNESCO on 11 September 1995 (see OPI/NYO/95-9G):
VII. EXCERPTS FROM THE PRESS COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED BY THE
MINISTERIAL COUNCIL OF THE GULF COOPERATION
COUNCIL AT ITS FIFTY-SIXTH SESSION HELD ON
18 AND 19 SEPTEMBER 1995

The Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held its fifty-sixth regular session at the seat of its secretariat in Riyadh on 18 and 19 September 1995 under the chairmanship of its current Chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bib Mubarak Al Khalifa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bahrain. The following are excerpts from the press communiqué issued by the Ministerial Council (see A/50/466-S/1995/817):
VIII. PRESS COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE ORGANIZATION OF THE
ISLAMIC CONFERENCE COMMITTEE OF SIX ON
PALESTINE ISSUED ON 27 SEPTEMBER 1995

The following is the text of a press communiqué issued by the Organization of the Islamic Conference Committee of Six on Palestine which met at United Nations Headquarters on 27 September 1995.
IX. GERMANY AND JAPAN EXTEND SUPPORT TO PALESTINE REFUGEES

The following is the text of a press release issued on 14 September 1995 by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations (see 45/95):


The following press release regarding Japan's contribution was issued on 12 September 1995 by UNRWA at Vienna (see PAL/1820):

X. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION


1. Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories, a bimonthly publication of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, is available from 555 13th Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004-1109 (fax No. 202 637 5910). Issue No. 5, vol. 5 of September 1995 includes articles on the difficulties of expanding Palestinian authority in the West Bank, including plans on how to divide the territory; principles guiding an interim agreement signed in August 1995; and the continuation of annexation of the West Bank and escalation of housing construction.

2. Middle East International, a biweekly publication, is available from P.O. Box 53365, Temple Heights Station, Washington, D.C. 20009. Issue No. 508 of 8 September 1995 includes articles on the implementation of security and intelligence functions by the Palestinian Authority; Ariel Sharon's unsuccessful hunger strike to protest redeployment of the Israeli Defence Forces; the debate on the need for and fairness of Palestinian elections; and political sub-groups within the settler movement. Issue No. 509 of 22 September 1995 includes articles on the Hebron settlers blocking the agreement on the second phase of the Declaration of Principles; the Libyan expulsion of Palestinians; the Israeli right-wing's exploitation of Hamas; and the debate on principles regarding the water supply for Palestinians and settlers. Issue No. 511 of 20 October 1995 includes an editorial on democracy and the Arab world; the redeployment of Israeli forces and the release of Palestinian prisoners; signs of rapprochement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority; the Likud Party and extremist groups; initiatives in the United States Senate to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem; preparations for Palestinian elections; the United States Government's arrest of Hamas' Musa Abu Marzuq; and a review of Sara Roy's book entitled The Gaza Strip: the political economy and development.

3. The Other Front, a weekly bulletin on developments in Israeli society, is available from P.O. Box 19543, Jerusalem. Issue No. 37 of 3 September 1995 includes articles on Jerusalem Mayor Olmert's failed attempts to get artists' support for a "unified" Jerusalem as Israel's capital; ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem; Israel's projected expenditure for building settlements; and the continuing problems of Palestinian schools. Issue No. 342 of 29 October 1995 includes articles on the declining confidence of the Israeli public in the Israeli Defence Forces; Israeli Minister of the Interior Ehud Barak's view on reducing the number of Palestinian workers to "almost nothing"; the dropout rate of Palestinian students in Israel; the Oslo II Agreement and the various plans (maps) for the occupied territories; the bypass roads and the settlement of Maaleh Adumim; and protests against the Hebron bypass road.

4. News From Within, a newsletter of the Alternative Information Centre, is available from P.O. Box 31417, Jerusalem (Fax 9722 253151). Issue No. 9 of September 1995 includes articles on the ramifications of the Taba Agreement on issues concerning water, Hebron, military operations of Hamas, Jericho and Israeli settlers; an interview with Dr. Abdel-Sitar Qassem, political science professor of Al-Najah University and vocal critic of the peace accords; the current status of Hebron in the negotiations; the influence of Fatah over the opposition; the massacre of prisoners of war by Israeli soldiers during the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973; the social effects of the intifadah in Jalazone Refugee Camp on women, marriage and family; and the structure of Palestinian society based on the "hamula". Issue No. 10 of October 1995 includes articles on the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the peace accords; reactions of Palestinian public opinion and the Israeli right on the Taba Agreement; attack of settlers on a Palestinian girls' school in Hebron; the World Bank's policy on the Palestinian self-rule areas; an examination of the Palestinian Authority's political parties' law; and a report of a Palestinian participant in the Fourth World Conference on Women held at Beijing.

5. April 17 Bulletin, a quarterly publication that focuses on Palestinian political prisoners, is available from the Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 31417, Jerusalem (fax No. 9722 253151). The issue, covering the period 25 April to 12 October 1995, includes information on the release of prisoners, prison conditions, administrative detentions, torture and interrogation, Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike, sick prisoners, prisoner statistics, mass transfers, debate over extradition and women prisoners.

6. Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, has published press releases on the death of Azam Abd-al-Rahim, on the situation of Palestinians leaving the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, and on deaths in detention during the month of October 1995. Copies are available from P.O. Box 1413, Ramallah, West Bank (fax No. 972-2 995194).


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