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I write to express my grave concern following a horrific incident of terrorism in our region.
Yesterday evening, an innocent family in the Israeli community of Itamar was brutally murdered in their sleep on the night of Shabbat — the Jewish Sabbath eve — by a terrorist who broke into their home. Five members of the family were killed, including the mother, the father, an eleven-year-old child, a four-year-old child and a three-month-old baby girl.
All nations and decent people should condemn this vicious and cruel attack. Israel continues to wait for the leaders of the Palestinian Authority to express their condemnation of this terrorist act in unequivocal terms. Statements that deny Palestinian involvement in terrorism — such as those made to the media today by the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Riyad Al-Malki, do not transmit a clear message against terror to the Palestinian people.
The disturbing reports of Palestinians celebrating in the wake of this tragedy illuminate the compelling need to end the culture of incitement that pervades many sectors of Palestinian society. The Palestinian Authority must take much more significant steps to end incitement in mosques, schools and the media; promote mutual understanding; and prepare the Palestinian people for peace.
Israel also expects the Palestinian Authority to command its security services to fully cooperate with Israel in apprehending all of those responsible for this attack — and to take meaningful actions that prevent such crimes from occurring in the future. For its part, Israel will take all necessary measures to protect its citizens and to bring to justice the terrorists who perpetrated this brutal murder.
Israel calls on the Security Council, the Secretary-General and the international community to strongly condemn yesterday’s horrific attack, which highlights the significant security challenges that the Government and citizens of Israel continue to face on a daily basis.
I should be grateful if you would have the present letter distributed as a document of the Security Council.