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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/41/626
S/18352

18 September 1986

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Forty-first session
Item 37 of the provisional agenda*
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
SECURITY COUNCIL
Forty-first year


Letter dated 17 September 1986 from the Permanent Representative of Israel
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


In recent weeks a new wave of Arab terror has shaken the world. From Karachi to Paris, these horrors deserve universal condemnation. More than any other recent event, however, the massacre in Istanbul stand out in its unmasking of the sheer joy of killing that motivates the terrorists.

The terrorists entered the "Neve Shalom" synagogue during the sabbath service and bolted the doors b.hind them. They fired automatic weapons. at the worshippers, slaughtering 21. According to one surviving eyewitness, the terrorists laughed while they restocked their weapons. Then they poured gasoline over the corpses and set them on fire.

The Istanbul massacre also lays bare the anti-Semitic nature of Arab terrorism. It is in fact merely the latest, and bloodiest, in a series of attacks on synagogues in recent years:

Th. targets were all houses of worship; the victims chosen simply because they were Jews. There is a word that traditionally describe such attacks: that word is "pogrom". The Arab terrorists thus share the impulses of the worst racists in history. This is a clear indication of their true aim: to murder a people and a nation. The international community should vigorously repudiate such anti-Semitic atrocities. For its part, Israel will spare no effort to make clear that the days when Jews could be butchered with impunity are over.

I have the honour to request that this letter be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under item 37 of the provisional agenda, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Benjamin NETANYAHU
Ambassador
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*A/41/150.


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