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        General Assembly
22 September 1995

Original: English

Fiftieth session
Agenda item 103


Report of the Committee on the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination*


* The present document is an advance version of the report of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The final report will be issued as Official Records of the General Assembly, Fiftieth Session, Supplement No. 18 (A/50/18).

B. Statement concerning Israel adopted by the Committee at its forty-sixth session

669. In a note verbale presented by the Permanent Representative of Israel to the Secretary-General of the United Nations dated 6 October 1994, surprise is expressed concerning the Committee's regret that Israel "has not submitted the urgent report the Committee requested in its decision 1 (44) of 7 March 1994". In this connection Israel drew attention to the materials it submitted on 30 June 1994 and to supplementary information supplied on 8 August 1994, and requested that these materials be published as Israel's report to CERD.

670. In reply, the Committee sent a letter to the Government of Israel containing the following elements:

(a) The paragraph quoted by Israel from the Committee's concluding observations reads in full: "while the Committee acknowledges the information it has received from Israel through the Secretary-General, the Committee regrets that Israel has not submitted the urgent report the Committee requested in its decision 1 (44) of 7 March 1994" (A/49/18, para.85);

(b) On 31 March 1994 the Permanent Mission of Israel informed the Secretary-General that it had established an inquiry committee with respect to the massacre at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and that a copy of the report of the inquiry committee would be made available to the Committee as a matter of courtesy and without prejudice to the competence of the Committee in the matter;

(c) On the basis of this qualification by Israel itself of the materials supplied, the Committee had good reason to assume that these materials did not constitute the urgent report the Committee had requested. The Committee's assumption was confirmed by the fact that Israel preferred to be absent when the question was discussed by the Committee;

(d) Now that Israel has indicated that it wishes to see that the materials supplied to the Committee be treated as the urgent report requested by the Committee, the Committee is ready to consider these materials on the same footing as urgent reports requested from other States parties;

(e) Recalling the final paragraph of the concluding observations adopted by the Committee on 18 August 1994 (A/49/18, para. 91), the Government of Israel is again requested to expedite its seventh and eighth periodic reports, due on 2 February 1992 and 1994 respectively, and to include in them a further response to the observation in question. They should be submitted in time for consideration at the Committee's forty-seventh session.

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