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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/38/295
S/15865

12 July 1983

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Thirty-eighth session
Item 34 of the preliminary list*
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
SECURITY COUNCIL
Thirty-eighth year


Letter dated 11 July 1983 from the Permanent Representative of Israel
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


I wish to draw your urgent attention to an outrage, perpetrated on 7 July 1983, in which Aharon Gross, a student at the Religious Seminary in Hebron, was brutally stabbed to death by a number of assailants in the town’s market place.

It will be recalled that this is not the first instance of an attack on religious seminary students or Jewish residents of Hebron (see my letter of
5 February and 5 May 1980 (A/35/86-5/13781 and A/35/207-5/13923) respectively).

As recently as October 1982, a resident of the neighbouring town of Kiryat Arba was attacked as he left a local synagogue, sustaining severe stab
wounds.

Since 1980 and until this latest murder, Hebron has see” a series of disruptions and hostile terrorist actions, of which the wanton slaying of
Aharon Gross is one of the most despicable examples.

Moreover, the record shows that this latest outrage is the culmination of various attempts to disrupt order in Judea and Samaria by violent means over an extended period of time. The following instances constitute a small sample of the ongoing violence directed against civilian Jewish targets in Judea and Samaria:

Against this background, and in the wake of the latest violent bloodshed in Hebron, the Israel authorities dismissed the appointed mayor of the town, Mustafa Natshe, and the members of the City Council. The appointed mayor and Council members contributed in word and deed to the encouragement of the attacks and disturbances. They also boycotted the Civil Administration since its establishment and refrained from co-operating ,with it. During the period that Mustafa Natshe and the Council members headed the Hebron Municipality, administrative irregularities and criminal offences were recorded.

Beyond the immediate objective of indiscriminate violence, the aim of this latest unconscionable and cold-blooded ,killing was to fan the flames of religious fanaticism and to incite still further hostilities.

I have the honour to request that this letter be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under item 34 of the preliminary list, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Yehuda Z. BLUM
Ambassador
Permanent Representative of Israel
to the United Nations


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* A/38/50/Rev.l.


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