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Identical letters dated 17 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
I regret that I must once again draw the attention of the international community to the critical situation in Occupied Palestine due to the persistent and escalating acts of violence and other violations being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, and its settlers against the Palestinian people and their land, which has resulted in more killings, injuries and destruction in the days since my last letter to you (A/ES-10/665-5/2014/810).
The continued lack of accountability and culture of impunity that Israel has for too long enjoyed have resulted in a crisis situation in Palestine, as it could not be more apparent that Israel is reading the international inaction as a signal that it can proceed with its illegal occupation measures without consequence. The result is continued deterioration of the situation, rising tensions and grave hardships for the Palestinian people languishing under this illegal, destructive occupation. The volatility of this situation and its negative impact on both peoples and the region has been widely acknowledged, and yet the international community regrettably remains unable to generate the necessary political will to act.
We reiterate our unequivocal condemnation and rejection of all manifestations of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and reiterate our urgent appeal to the international community, foremost the Security Council, to act to stem the deterioration of the situation and to salvage the minimal prospects for peace that remain. The persistence and escalation of the violations and provocations being perpetrated on a daily basis by Israeli extremists and occupying forces against our people threaten to ignite another deadly cycle of violence, which must be averted in order to stop the complete unraveling of this fragile situation. We urge the international community to uphold its responsibilities and to act now to compel Israel, the occupying Power, to heed the warnings and to cease all of its illegal actions, provocations and incitement against the Palestinian people and their leadership.
Since our last letter, dated 12 November 2014 (A/ES-10/665-5/2014/810), I must draw attention to some of the very serious incidents that have occurred, including yesterday's hanging of Yusuf Hasan al-Ramouni, age 32, a Palestinian from al-Tur in Occupied East Jerusalem, and a recent pattern that has emerged of Israeli occupying forces shooting Palestinian children in the face, an inhumane and immoral act in absolute violation of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law.
16 November 2014
We thus repeat our call upon the international community, including the Security Council, to act to address and defuse this increasingly dangerous situation. The Security Council must shoulder its responsibility, in accordance with its Charter duties and its own resolutions, to contribute to an urgent de-escalation and to provide a path forward towards the long-delayed goal of an end to the Israeli occupation and an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement on the basis of United Nations resolutions, the Madrid principles and the Arab Peace Initiative. We urge the Security Council to pursue any and all efforts to compel Israel, the occupying Power, to end its illegal policies and practices and to respect forthwith its obligations under international law. This is imperative for salvaging the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders and for restoring hope at this time of crisis.
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 12 November 2014 (A/ES-10/665-5/2014/810), 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.