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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.3/43/SR.54
7 December 1988

ENGLISH
ORIGINAL: SPANISH

Third Committee
54TH meeting
held on
Monday, 28 November 1988
at 10 a.m.
New York

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 54TH MEETING

Chairman: Mr. ABULHASAN (Kuwait)

later: Mr. GALAL (Egypt)

CONTENTS


AGENDA ITEM 12: REPORT OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (continued)


The meeting was to called to order at 10.25 a.m.


AGENDA ITEM 12: REPORT OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (continued)
(A/43/4; A/C.3/43/1 and 7; A/43/170-E/1988/25; A/43/305-E/1988/26, A/43/328, A/43/375 (and Corr.1, English only), A/43/478, A/43/534, A/43/535, A/43/536, A/43/592, A/43/593, A/43/594, A/43/595, A/43/624, A/43/630, A/43/705, A/43/706, A/43/736, A/43/739, A/43/742, A/43/743 and Add.1, A/43/770, A/43/122, A/43/165, A/43/214, A/43/235-S/19674, A/43/273-S/19720, A/43/361, A/43/370, A/43/393-S/19930, A/43/435-S/19974, A/43/446, A/43/457-E/1988/102, A/43/460-E/1988/104, A/43/544, A/43/587, A/43/590, A/43/604, A/43/617 and A/43/759)

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26. Mr. BEN-DOV (Israel) recalled that the General Assembly at its thirty-sixth session had unanimously adopted a declaration calling for the elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief, and regretted that that declaration had had little influence on the Syrian authorities' treatment of the Jewish communities in that country. Those communities, numbering about 4,000, were to all intents and purposes held as hostages by the authorities, who applied measures of control, intimidation and repression against them.

27. A number of innocent Syrian Jews had been held in Syrian jails under harsh conditions after being subjected to cruel interrogations and protracted torture. Emigration by Jews was strictly prohibited in flagrant violation of various human rights instruments. Some Syrian Jews had been authorized to go to the United States of America, but only on condition that their children be left behind in Syria. That meant that they were held hostage, and was in violation of an elementary right, recognized throughout the world, namely, the right of children to live with their parents. Only a small number of unmarried Jewish women had been allowed to go abroad, and even then only on payment of large sums of money. Jews were also subjected to other restrictions, including limitations on the sale or purchase of real estate and access to public office. The delegation of Israel appealed to the Government of syria to lift all the restrictions on Syrian Jews and resolve that humanitarian issue without delay.

28. Mr. MATSOUKA (Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic) ...

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29. On the eve of the Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, reference should be made to the alarming situation in the Middle East. The uprising of the Palestinian people against the occupying forces as a result of the restrictive measures taken since 1985 against the civilian population had been met with fresh violence and repressive measures which had become a matter of course for the Israeli authorities. Most of the human rights of the Palestinians were being violated, and there could be no radical change in the situation until a political solution to the problem was found, and that required the convening of an international conference.

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The meeting rose at 12.30 p.m.

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