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Israel, the occupying Power, continues to wage its bloody military campaign throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. In continuing to pursue its military aggression, Israel has continued to commit systematic human rights violations, war crimes and State terrorism against the Palestinian people under its occupation. Not a single day has gone by, indeed not a single minute has passed, during which the occupying Power has not deliberately engaged in the violation of international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights law, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Our last letter sent to you detailing the grave situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory was dated 31 August 2006. During that period, the Israeli occupying forces continued to systematically violate the human rights of the Palestinian people by all means and methods. As is apparent from the tragically lengthy list of martyrs (see annex), the occupying forces killed 32 more Palestinian civilians, including women and children, killing on an almost daily basis. Many others have been seriously injured as a result of the persistent use of excessive and disproportionate force by the Israeli occupying forces against the Palestinian civilian population. At the same time, the Palestinian people continued to be subject to the destruction of their homes, properties and infrastructure by the Israeli occupying forces.
Further, Israel, the occupying Power, continues its military siege with the ongoing imposition of severe restrictions on the movement of persons and goods throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, even during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. These restrictions have severely impacted and debilitated the socioeconomic situation of the Palestinian population under occupation. Such restrictions have only further exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially in the Gaza Strip.
The present letter is in follow-up to our previous 264 letters to you regarding the ongoing crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, since 28 September 2000. These letters, dated from 29 September 2000 (A/55/432-S/2000/921) to 31 August 2006 (A/ES-10/357-S/2006/704), constitute a basic record of the crimes being committed by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people since September 2000. Moreover, we reiterate that for all of these war crimes, State terrorism and systematic human rights violations committed against the Palestinian people, Israel, the occupying Power, must be held accountable and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
In follow-up to the above-mentioned letters, it is my profound regret that since our last letter to you at least 32 more Palestinians, including 10 children, have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces, raising the total number of martyrs killed since September 2000 to 4,242. (The names of the martyrs that have been identified are listed in the annex to the present letter.)
I should be grateful if you would arrange to have the present letter and its annex distributed as an official document of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 5, and of the Security Council.