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LETTER DATED 23 JANUARY 1984 FROM THE PERMANENT OBSERVER
OF THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION ADDRESSED TO THE
ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
During the past 10 months, the Palestinian inhabitants of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have endured violations of their fundamental human rights, in all fields of their daily life.
Indeed, the Israeli occupation authorities have continued their inhuman practices against the population of the Occupied Territories, in an escalation of violence and terror. They have been backed up by the civilian Israeli settlers, who have been perpetuating, with impunity, coward crimes against the Palestinian inhabitants of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Enclosed, please find a Memorandum on Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Palestinian Occupied Territories from April 1983 to January 1984.
I, hereby, wish to request you to include this document as an official document of the fortieth session of the Commission on Human Rights, which will start its work on 6 February 1984, in Geneva.
In Tarkoumia and El-Bireh, Israeli armed settlers stormed several houses and destroyed a large number of Palestinian owned cars.
14 January 1984: The Israeli occupation forces. confiscated 5,000 dunums of Palestinian owned fertile land in Housan village, Bethlehem district, to set up a new settlement.
The Israeli military court in Ramallah sentenced a Palestinian called Karram Saleh Khalil to three years' imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 shekels. Khalil was accused of attacking an Israeli soldier several months ago, in Ramallah.
Israeli occupation forces stormed Bethlehem University and arrested a number of students and six Palestinian theatricians who were rehearsing to present a play at the University's theatre.
16 January 1984: An Israeli military court in Nablus sentenced Nayef Sweitat, the ex-president of the student council of Bir Zeit University, to nine months imprisonment.
In Jericho, the occupiers raided the city's youth club confiscating books and posters. The club was closed down until further notice.
The Israeli authorities are exerting pressure on the Palestinian farmers in north West Bank. They prevented 17 farmers in Jenin area froze cultivating potatoes. This came in order to help Israeli settlers marketing their crops and compelling Palestinian farmers to leave their land.
The Israeli authorities threatened to demolish houses in the refugee camp of Khan Youni to implement the resettlement scheme of Ben Porat. The Military governorate called on representatives of 1,000 families living at block W of the camp and told them to leave their homes before March.
19 January 1984: The Israeli occupation authorities have recently confiscated 1,300 dunums of land in 'Obween village, Ramallah district, to build an Israeli settlement.
An Israeli military court sentenced six Palestinians from 'Ayda refugee camp, near Bethlehem, to imprisonment ranging between five and nine years. They were accused of hurling incendiary bombs on Israeli military vehicles.
The Israeli military court in Nablus sentenced five Palestinians to imprisonment ranging between 2 and 12 months. They were accused of organizing a cultural exhibition in Nablus two months ago.
Permanent Observer for the
Palestine Liberation Organization
to the United Nations
Office at Geneva