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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
30 November 1995





November 1995


Volume XVIII, Bulletin No. 9



Contents

Page
I.
    Recommendations of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the
    Palestinian People to the General Assembly
1
II.
    International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November 1995
3
III.
    Debate on the question of Palestine opens in the General Assembly
4
IV.
    Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
    condemns the assassination of the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin
7
V.
    Secretary-General issues a statement on the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin
8
VI.
    Secretary-General reports on peace efforts
8
VII.
    Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the
    Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories reports on situation
9
VIII.
    Palestinian journalists receive certificates of participation in the Department of
    Public Information training programme
12
IX.
    Non-governmental organizations: activities and information
13
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I. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE
OF THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Committee met on 15 November 1995, at which time it adopted its report to the fiftieth session of the General Assembly. The report contained the following recommendations:
II. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE
PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, 29 NOVEMBER 1995

On 29 November 1995, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was observed at United Nations Headquarters in New York and at the United Nations Offices at Geneva and Vienna, as well as in several other cities in accordance with General Assembly resolution 32/40 B of 2 December 1977. All States Members of the United Nations, specialized agencies and observers were invited to attend the solemn meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

At that meeting, statements were made by: Kéba Birane Cissé (Senegal), Chairman of the Committee; Freitas do Amaral (Portugal), President of the General Assembly; Chinmaya Gharekhan, Special Political Adviser to the Secretary-General and Representative to the multilateral peace talks on the Middle East, and representative of the Secretary-General; and Salim Bin Mohammed Al-Khussaiby (Oman), President of the Security Council for the month of November.

The Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations read out a message from Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Also, Herman Leonard de Silva (Sri Lanka) made a statement as Chairman of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.

In addition, Julio Londoño-Paredes, the representative of Colombia, read out a message from Ernesto Samper, President of Colombia, in his capacity as Chairman of the Heads of State and Government of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries. A further message was delivered by Ahmed Snoussi on behalf of Abdellatif Falali, Foreign Minister of Morocco and Chairman of the Twenty-second Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

Said Kamal, Under-Secretary-General for Palestine Affairs of the League of Arab States, read out a message from Ahmed Esmat Abdel Meguid, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. A further statement was made by David Weaver, the representative of the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine.

Concluding statements were made by Farouk Kaddoumi, head of the Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and by the Chairman of the Committee.

The text of all statements and messages in connection with the Day of Solidarity will be included in a special bulletin to be published by the Division for Palestinian Rights.

An art exhibit entitled "Generations", featuring five prominent Palestinian artists - Afaf Arafat, Nabil Anani, Tayseer Bakarat, Fayez El-Sirsawi and Jawad Al-Malhi, was on display in the Public Lobby of the United Nation Secretariat Building from 29 November to 5 December 1995. The exhibit was sponsored by the Committee in cooperation with the Palestine Observer Mission to the United Nations. At the opening, on 29 November, the Chairman of the Committee made a statement, followed by statements by Farouk Kaddoumi and Tayseer Barakat.


III. DEBATE ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
OPENS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On 29 November 1995, the debate on the question of Palestine began in the General Assembly. In accordance with past practice, the item was taken up directly in the plenary meetings and was introduced by the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The Rapporteur of the Committee introduced the annual report. The full text of both statements is presented below:
Statement by the Chairman
Statement by the Rapporteur

For the text of the recommendations, see section I above.



IV. BUREAU OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE OF THE INALIENABLE
RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE CONDEMNS THE ASSASSINATION
OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL, YITZHAK RABIN

The following statement was issued on 6 November 1995 (see GA/PAL/710):
V. SECRETARY-GENERAL ISSUES A STATEMENT ON
THE ASSASSINATION OF PRIME MINISTER RABIN

The following statement by the Secretary-General was issued on 4 November 1995 (see SG/SM/5806):

VI. SECRETARY-GENERAL REPORTS ON PEACE EFFORTS

In its resolution 49/62 D of 14 December 1994 on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, the General Assembly noted the progress made in the peace process and stressed the need for the realization of Palestinian rights and Israel's withdrawal from the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. The Assembly also emphasized the importance of a more active and expanded role by the United Nations, and requested the Secretary-General to "continue his efforts with the parties concerned, and, in consultation with the Security Council, for the promotion of peace in the region and to submit progress reports on developments in this matter".
In a brief report submitted on 7 November 1995 (A/50/725-S/1995/930), the Secretary-General reported on his correspondence with the Security Council and the parties concerned, and made the following observations:
VII. SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE ISRAELI PRACTICES
AFFECTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN
PEOPLE AND OTHER ARABS OF THE OCCUPIED
TERRITORIES REPORTS ON SITUATION

The twenty-seventh report of the Special Committee (A/50/463) was issued on 22 September 1995 and was transmitted to the General Assembly by the Secretary-General. It followed two periodic reports (A/50/170 and A/50/282), which were transmitted to the Assembly on 2 May 1995 and 13 July 1995, respectively. In accordance with established practice, the reports were allocated to the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) of the Assembly, together with a number of related reports.

The reports under the item were summarized as follows in a press release issued at United Nations Headquarters (see GA/SPD/80):

"The Special Committee also appeals to Israel to `act in conformity with the spirit animating the peace process' by giving serious consideration to a series of concrete measures. Those measures would include the establishment of rules of engagement for its security forces that fully respect human rights standards, the exercise of restraint in responding to outbreaks of violence, and putting an immediate end to the activities of undercover units -- in particular to extrajudicial executions perpetrated by them. The Special Committee also appeals to Israel to exercise strict control over any abuses perpetrated by settlers, to prevent their acts of violence and carry out full and impartial investigations, bringing justice to those responsible.
VIII.PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF
PARTICIPATION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC
INFORMATION TRAINING PROGRAMME

The following statement was issued by the Department of Public Information on 21 November 1995 (see PAL/1825):
IX. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION

1. Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories, a bimonthly publication of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, is available from 555 13th Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D. C. 20004-1109 (Fax No. 202 637 5910). The November 1995 issue includes articles on Yitzhak Rabin's assassination and effects on extremist settlers' groups; the Palestinian-Israeli Agreement and Israeli settlements; an excerpt from Yitzhak Rabin's statement at the Knesset in support of ratification of the Israeli-Palestinian interim agreement; timetable for the implementation of the Palestinian-Israeli Agreement; excerpts from an interview with Ariel Sharon; and United States concessions on loan guarantees to Israel.

2. The Other Front, which is published by the Alternative Information Centre (AIC), is available from AIC, P. O. Box 31417, Jerusalem (Fax No. 972 2 253 151). Issue No. 343 of 6 November 1995 features various articles and commentaries devoted to Prime Minister Rabin's assassination. Issue No. 344 of 13 November 1995 includes articles on the reawakening of the peace movement; on Prime Minister Rabin's assassination; and on Israeli extremists. Issue No. 345 of 20 November 1995 includes articles on Shimon Peres' new cabinet; results of polls on the outcome of elections if they were held immediately; and on opinions within the Jewish religious community. Issue No. 346 of 27 November 1995 includes articles on the dialogue between the peace movement and the Israeli settlements council; and the continued building in Jerusalem.

3. News From Within is a newsletter, also published by the Alternative Information Centre. Issue No. 11 of November 1995 includes articles on the evolution of the rationale behind this publication which is meant to promote social understanding between the two peoples; the possible linkage between Palestinian and Eastern Jewish (Sephardic) liberation; the cantonization of the occupied Palestinian territory after redeployment of the Israel Defence Forces; and on Jerusalem.

4. Centre for Palestine Research and Studies (CPRS) has published the Results of Public Opinion Poll No. 19 of August/September 1995, which covers the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The publication is available from CPRS, P. O. Box 132, Nablus, West Bank (Fax No. 09 380-384). It includes statistical information on armed attacks; the peace negotiations; the Palestinian Authority; Palestinian-Jordanian relations; and freedom of speech.

5. Kav La'Oved: Workers' Hotline for the Protection of Workers is available from 78 Allenby St. , Tel Aviv, Israel (Fax No. 03 517 3081). The October 1995 issue includes articles on the employment of Palestinians in Israel; mass arrests of Palestinian workers without permits; the new regulations in Gaza; closures and severance pay; a lawsuit on Palestinian social rights; Palestinian workers in Israeli settlements; and an update on migrant workers.

6. Little Hands is a newsletter issued by Defence for Children International/Palestine Section, at P. O. Box 55201 Jerusalem (Fax No. 02 656 2962). The September 1995 issue includes articles on child labour in Palestine; International Day of the Child in Palestine; the girl child; housing rights; child ex-prisoners; and a legal aid programme for legal defence of Palestinian children.

7. Middle East International, a biweekly publication, is available from P. O. Box 53365, Temple Heights Station, Washington, D. C. 20009. Issue No. 412 of 3 November 1994 includes an analysis of the consequences of the assassination of Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shaqaqi as well as articles on the redeployment of Israeli soldiers from Jenin; the United States Congress decision to transfer the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; Yasser Arafat's visit to the United Nations, Harvard University and New York's Lincoln Center; and the continued water crisis in spite of the Palestinian-Israeli agreement. Issue No. 513 of 17 November 1995 includes articles on the impact of Prime Minister Rabin's assassination on the peace process; reactions in the United States, Middle Eastern countries, and the international community; reactions of Palestinians and the PLO; the coming Palestinian elections and voter registration; possible agreement between Mr. Arafat and Hamas; results of a two-year study on possible approaches to the water crisis of Jordan, Israel and the occupied territories; and book reviews of Edward Said's Peace and its Discontents and Donald Neff's Fallen Pillars: US policy towards Palestine and Israel since 1945.

8. Israel and Palestine Political Report is a publication available from IJPU, Boite Postale 44, 75462 Paris CEDEX 10 (Fax No. 331 48009645). Issue No. 194 of November 1995 includes articles on Prime Minister Rabin's assassination; questions and answers about the Palestinian-Israeli agreement; and a chronology of events for July 1995.

9. Intifada-Related Head Injuries, a report by the Association of Israeli-Palestinian Physicians for Human Rights, is available from PHR, P. O. Box 10235, Tel Aviv 61101 Israel. The report illustrates the gravity of the problems posed by caring for and rehabilitating all those who received head injuries during the intifadah.

10. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, available from the American Educational Trust, P. O. Box 53062, Washington, D. C. 20009 (Fax No. 202 232 6754). Issue No. 4 of October/November 1995 includes four views on what delayed implementation of the Oslo Agreement; articles on water and settlements; and views of religious leaders on the significance of Jerusalem to three faiths.


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