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21 August 1985
Item 38 of the provisional agenda*
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Letter dated 21 August 1985 from the Permanent Representative of Israel
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
I would like to bring to your attention the latest acts of murder by PLO, and by the killers it inspires, in which innocent women and children were brutally attacked. These acts, standard practice for PLO, underscore once again the deliberate and systematic way in which the terrorists choose their targets. It is clear from the manner in which these innocent people were murdered that women and children were intentionally sought out as targets. The latest victims include:
Miss Revital Sari, age 22, found shot to death near Bethlehem on 22 October.
Mrs. Michal Cohen, age 29, found murdered near Bet Shemesh on 27 June.
Miss Lea Elmakayis, age 19, found strangled to death in a cave near Mount Gilboa on 25 July.
Five children between the ages of 8 and 10 stabbed repeatedly in the face and neck in Jerusalem on 19 July (A/40/503-S/17357).
As usual, PLO boasted of its responsibility for each of these horrors. Indeed, the slaughter of women and children is a proud tradition in PLO, firmly established in the massacre at Moshav Avivim (1970), the massacre at Maalot (1974), the massacre at Nahariya (1979) and the massacre at Kibbutz Misgav Am (1960).
I have the honour to request that this letter be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under item 38 of the provisional agenda, and of the Security Council.
) Benjamin NETANYAHU