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Identical letters dated 12 November 2014 from the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Security Council
Once again, we must draw the international community's attention to the alarming situation resulting from ongoing illegal Israeli actions and provocations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which continue to exacerbate the already dangerous situation. These illegal Israeli actions are clearly intended to entrench the occupation, repress the Palestinian people into submission to this occupation and further undermine the Palestinian leadership, including through the continuation of a raging campaign of incitement directed at President Mahmoud Abbas by Israeli ministers. All together, these continued violations will only further destabilize the situation and have far-reaching, negative consequences for both peoples and for the region.
We reiterate our unequivocal condemnation and rejection of Israel's escalation of aggressions in Occupied East Jerusalem, in particular in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which continues to be subjected to incursions and provocations by Israeli extremists, including settlers and government officials. The flagrant disrespect for this Holy Site and for Palestinian worshippers, marked by nearly daily incursions into the compound and the denial of entry to Palestinian worshippers by Israeli occupying forces, along with repeated declarations amounting to blatant incitement must be taken seriously by the international community, as they are stoking religious sensitivities and aggravating tensions, and have the potential to spiral out of control.
Since our letter of 5 November 2014, I am compelled to draw attention to several serious incidents that have taken place, including yesterday's killing by Israeli occupying forces of Imad Jawabrah, age 22, a Palestinian from the Al-Aroub refugee camp located in the governorate of Al-Khalil, all in clear violation of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, and which continue to create instability and to inflict further hardship on our people.
6 November 2014
We thus renew our call upon the international community, including the Security Council, to uphold international law and the responsibility to address this critical situation, including the dangerous situation being provoked in Occupied East Jerusalem by the occupying Power. For the sake of peace, all efforts must be made to compel Israel, the occupying Power, to cease all violations and abide by its obligations under international law. This is imperative for de-escalating tensions, promoting calm and allowing for the emergence of an environment that is truly conducive to the pursuit of peace and is aimed at bringing an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and at achieving the independence of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, before this solution is no longer an option owing to Israel's illegal and destructive policies and practices.
It should be recalled that 40 years ago, on 13 November 1974, the late Chair of the Palestine Liberation Organization, H.E. Yasser Arafat, gave his historic "olive branch and gun" speech at the twenty-ninth session of the General Assembly, in which he first suggested that Israel and Palestine "might live together in a framework of just peace". Yesterday, the Palestinian people marked 10 years since the death of President Yasser Arafat, our iconic leader of hope whose legacy is still cherished by Palestinians worldwide. The international community must take all measures necessary not to let the olive branch fall from our hands and, rather, work towards instilling hope among the Palestinian people, in the belief that achieving peace through peaceful means is not only possible but imminent.
This letter is in follow-up to our 528 letters regarding the ongoing crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which constitutes the State of Palestine. These letters, dated from 29 September 2000 (A/55/432-5/2000/921) to 5 November 2014 (A/ES-10/664-5/2014/791) constitute a basic record of the crimes being committed against the Palestinian people. Israel, the occupying Power, must be held accountable and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
I should be grateful if you would arrange to have the text of the present letter distributed as a document of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 5, and of the Security Council.