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16 April 1968
LETTER DATED 16 APRIL 1968 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF JORDAN TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
I am instructed by my Government to state the following in connexion with the letter of the Permanent Representative of Israel of 5 March 1968
In addition to the many unfounded allegations contained in his letter, the Israeli representative claimed that "two-thirds" of the illegally appropriated land in Jerusalem "is public domain or belongs to Jewish private persons or institutions", and that "only one-third is owned by private Arab landlords".
This allegation is completely unfounded, false and malicious. An examination of the records of the Land Settlement and Survey Department shows that, out of the total area of approximately 848 acres illegally taken by the Israeli authorities, only 52 acres, claimed to be Jewish property, are in dispute. The claims and counter-claims for the ownership of these 52 acres are still pending before the competent courts. The other 796 acres are completely Arab property.
These statistics show clearly that the Israelis are resorting to falsehoods to justify their usurpation of Arab lands.
shows the strategic location of the area on which the Israeli authorities plan to establish a self-contained community of Jewish immigrants to serve as a barrier between the residents of the northern and southern sections of the West Bank. In pursuance of this policy the Israeli President, Mr. Shazar, called on the Jews on 15 February 1968, to settle "in the old city, on Mt. Scopus, and in all parts of the city".
The next step in this by now too familiar pattern is to sever any direct contact and link between Arab towns and villages by the construction of Jewish settlements on Arab lands. The ultimate aim is clearly to divide the West Bank of Jordan into two separate parts.
The other untrue allegations repeated in the Israeli letter have been fully dealt with in my letter of 28 March 1968
as well as during the recent meetings of the Security Council. Consequently it would be unnecessary to refute once more these Israeli distortions.
I request that this letter together with the attached map be circulated as official documents of the General Assembly and the Security Council.
Please accept, etc.
(Signed) Muhammad H. EL-FARRA
* Also issued under the symbol A/708l.