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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/43/183
S/19562

1 March 1988

ENGLISH
Original: FRENCH

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Forty-third session
Item 37 of the preliminary list
QUESTION OF PALESTINE
SECURITY COUNCIL
Forty-third year

Letter dated 1 March 1988 from the Chairman of the Committee on the
Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
addressed to the Secretary-General


In my capacity as Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, I wish to draw once again your most urgent attention to the further aggravation of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and to the intensification of repression by the Israeli armed forces against Palestinian protesters, including the use of live ammunition, rubber bullets, tear gas, a declared policy of severe beatings and even burying persons alive. The Committee is also seriously concerned at reports of growing attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.

The toll of Palestinians known to have been killed by Israeli gunfire or beatings is at least 79 since the beginning of the protests in early December, according to a report issued by Reuters on 29 February 1988. It is to be noted that at least 29 Palestinians have died since my last letter to you on 10 February (A/43/l32-S/l9490), indicating an extremely serious increase in casualties.

The New York Times also reported on 28 February that at least another 12 deaths have been attributed to the effects of tear gas. Physicians for Human Rights, a medical group which visited the occupied territories recently, has estimated that injuries run into the thousands, many of them victims of beatings administered randomly by the army with the intent to disable. The physicians also reported that medical personnel have been refused entry to refugee camps and areas under curfew, and that hospitals have been assaulted, medical personnel beaten, equipment smashed and patients pulled from beds and arrested.

A brief chronology of incidents since my last letter is as follows:



In view of the gravity of the incidents described above, the Committee wishes to reaffirm once again the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949 to the occupied Palestinian territories and to appeal to all concerned to do their utmost to ensure the safety and protection of the Palestinian people under occupation.

Further, the Committee wishes to reiterate its view that, as long as the Palestinian people is prevented from exercising its inalienable rights in accordance with internationally recognized principles and United Nations resolutions, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace will not be achieved in the region. The Committee remains convinced that positive action by the Security Council on its recommendations, and on the International Peace Conference on the Middle East in accordance with General Assembly resolution 38/58 C, would advance prospects for a just and lasting settlement of the Palestine question, and reiterates its appeal for the intensification of efforts by all concerned to promote such a settlement.

I should be grateful if you would have this letter circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under item 37 of the preliminary list, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Massamba SARRE
Chairman of the Committee on
the Exercise of the Inalienable
Rights of the Palestinian People

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