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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2003/1072
11 November 2003

English
Original: Arabic

Letter dated 4 November 2003 from the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council

In accordance with Article 54 of the Charter of the United Nations, I have the honour to transmit to you herewith a statement from the Head of the Auditing Bureau and Governor of the Islamic Development Bank in Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. The statement makes clear that the total losses and damage inflicted on the Palestinian people by the Israeli hostilities during the past three years have amounted to 17,262,500 United States dollars.

I should be grateful if you would be so kind as to bring this letter and its annex to the attention of the members of the Security Council and to have them distributed as a document of the Security Council.


(Signed) Yahya Mahmassani
Ambassador
Permanent Observer


Annex to the letter dated 4 November 2003 from the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council

Subject: Damage suffered by the Palestinian people

I wish to convey to you my sincere thanks and appreciation concerning the noble and courageous stand you have taken with respect to the Palestinian people in their just cause in struggling against the Israeli occupation.

You are well aware of the tragic situation being faced by the Palestinian people in terms of killing, destruction and displacement and the obliteration of everything that is Palestinian, giving rise to a deteriorating situation and the daily infliction of heavy casualties.

The casualties and damage inflicted by the Israeli enemy on the Palestinian people during the past three years have totalled 17,262,500 United States dollars. Most sources of figures agree on the grievous nature of these losses, even though there are certain disparities resulting from accounting periods with differing start and end dates and, in some cases, the use of estimated figures. The damage is not definitive because the acts of bombing, bulldozing and destruction continue on a daily basis. There is also the difficulty of inventorying and assessing damage on account of the prevailing circumstances such as the ban on travel and the transport difficulty in most of the West Bank, together with the partition of the Gaza Strip into four areas.

We hope that you will be so kind as to urge the Arab States to continue to assist the Palestinian people to stand firm in their heroic struggle to preserve their identity and their homeland pending the adoption of a comprehensive Arab project to repair the destruction that has been inflicted on them.

Accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.


(Signed ) Jarar Numan Al-Kudwa
Head, Auditing Bureau
Governor of the Islamic Development Bank in Palestine


Total losses of the Palestinian economy after three years of Israeli aggression

Item
Daily losses
Losses to national resources
Consequential losses
Losses due
to lost opportunity
Long-term losses
Total
Trade
0.870
N/A
N/A
917.200
0.000
1 179.930
Industry
1.364
48.000
133.558
30.600
223.400
1 651.276
Agriculture, fishery resources and livestock
0.470
329.080
61.080
203.720
0.046
794.690
Total losses of production sectors
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
3 625.896
Service sectors
Tourism
0.220
120.000
0.000
36.780
114.752
368.746
Internal transport
0.560
14.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
600.040
Environment
0.011
0.000
0.000
10.600
126.000
79.949
Stock exchange
0.020
0.000
0.000
5.040
0.000
23.700
Communications
0.100
7.880
0.000
6.660
0.000
113.170
Total losses of
service sectors
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
1 185.605
Other main items of gross domestic product
Real estate, rental and commercial activities
0.170
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
184.030
Activities of community, public and individual services
0.050
#VALUE!
2.288
0.000
0.000
53.906
Education
0.350
6.000
25.200
0.000
0.000
386.250
Health
0.206
2.900
160.881
0.000
0.000
283.814
Family income
0.010
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
10.590
Public sectors (Ministry of Social Affairs and
Ministry of Prisoners and Detainees)
0.300
20.000
28.721
0.000
0.000
344.200
Governmental projects (Note 2)
0.310
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
328.290
[Illegible] intermediary services provided indirectly
-0.260
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
-275.340
Net value added tax
on imports
0.680
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
720.120
Other taxes on imports
0.650
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
688.350
Total losses under other items of GDP
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
2 724.210
Losses of essential ministries
Ministry of
Food Supplies
0.000
1.000
16.430
0.000
0.000
8.715
Ministry of Justice
0.000
1.000
45.595
6.000
0.000
22.550
Water Authority
0.000
0.800
9.136
408.700
0.000
209.318
Ministry of Local and Municipal Government
0.000
#VALUE!
59.030
0.000
0.000
25.000
Ministry of Youth
and Sport
0.000
1.462
0.000
2.026
0.000
1.744
Ministry of
Internal Affairs
0.010
0.900
0.673
15.760
0.000
19.201
Total losses of essential ministries
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
286.528
Installations, housing and investment sector
Installations and housing
1.044
152.000
12.000
#VALUE!
0.000
1 187.596
Israeli workers
4.000
0.000
0.000
31.160
0.000
4 251.580
Investment
0.000
0.000
104.000
557.200
69.000
365.100
Industrial estates
0.000
0.000
124.459
557.200
69.000
365.100
Total losses of installations sector
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000
6 169.376
Strategic projects sector
Port project
0.000
9.020
15.936
45.600
480.000
275.278
Airport and
civil aviation
authority project
0.050
36.000
0.000
145.000
44.000
165.450
Palestinian mills project
0
0.580
1.480
0.500
0.000
-1.780
Electric power authority and power station project
0.000
5.600
16.970
69.100
0.000
44.440
Total losses of
the strategic
projects sector
486.943
Grand total
11.170
705.222
873.094
2 656.846
1 126.192
17 262.515
Grand total of daily losses
11 836.561


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