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24 February 1975
Letter dated 24 February 1975 from the representative of Yemen
to the Secretary-General
In my capacity as Chairman of the Arab Group for February 1975, and as a result of consultations with the Arab Ambassadors, I have the honour to transmit to you, annexed to this letter, the resolutions adopted by the Moslem-Christian Meeting on Jerusalem, held at the headquarters of the secretariat of the League of Arab States in Cairo on 16 January 1975.
I request that these resolutions be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly and the Security Council.
Deputy Permanent Representative of Yemen
to the United Nations
Resolutions adopted by the Moslem-Christian Meeting on Jerusalem, held at Cairo on 16 January 1975
The Meeting condemns the Israeli measures aimed at changing the distinctive character of the Holy City, the Arab city which has, throughout its long history, retained its position as a spiritual centre for millions of Moslems, Christians and Jews;
The Meeting denounces the actions of the Israeli occupation authorities who continue to confiscate and seize Arab lands, to conduct excavations and destroy cultural properties around the Holy Shrine and to evacuate the Arab inhabitants from their homes. The Meeting also strongly denounces the construction of settlements which have encircled the city with fortress-like buildings which have defiled its sanctity;
The Meeting appeals to all Moslem, Christian and Jewish believers to contribute to all efforts to save the City of Peace from Zionist occupation, and to expose, by all possible means, the actions of these authorities aimed at altering the demographic, economic, social and cultural status of the city;
As the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations have adopted several resolutions condemning the annexation of Jerusalem and considering null and void all legislative, administrative and other measures taken by the authorities of the Zionist occupation, and in view of the fact that Israel has not complied with these resolutions but has rejected them in defiance of the international community, the Meeting calls upon the Security Council to meet with a view to imposing appropriate sanction against Israel under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations;
The Meeting requests the General Assembly of the United Nations, at its forthcoming session, to freeze the membership of Israel until such time as the international resolutions relating to Jerusalem have been implemented and Arab sovereignty over this City has been restored;
The Meeting denounces Israel's attitude toward Archbishop Capucoi and the torture and imprisonment he is suffering at the hands of its authorities. The Meeting appeals to the United Nations, to all believers and to all peace-loving people in the world to intervene immediately with a view to releasing the archbishop, whose case constitutes a flagrant example of the contempt of the Israeli authorities for human values and ideals and their total disregard of the traditional respect and deference shown by the international community to men of religion;
The Meeting denounces the attitude of Israeli occupation authorities who, in order to facilitate the achievement of their expansionist aims, have deported certain patriotic elements from Jerusalem and other parts of the occupied homeland in an attempt to keep the area free from its spiritual and political leadership.
♦Originally circulated under the symbol A/10051-S/11639.