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


April 1995


Vol. XVIII, Bulletin No. 4


Contents
Page
I.Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
meets to review developments and Chairman's reports
2
II.Secretary-General expresses deep shock at attacks on Israeli buses in Gaza Strip
3
III.United Nations Development Programme Executive Board take notes of report of the
Administrator on the UNDP programme of assistance to the Palestinian people
3
IV.Press release issued by the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference
on Israeli violations in the City of Al-Quds al-Sharif (Jerusalem)
6
V.Final communiqué of the International Seminar on Al-Quds al-Sharif convened by the
Organization of the Islamic Conference and the League of Arab States
6
VI.Non-governmental organizations: activities and information
8



I. COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE OF THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS
OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE MEETS TO REVIEW
DEVELOPMENTS AND CHAIRMAN'S REPORTS



The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held its 214th meeting on 13 April 1995. The deliberations are summarized in the following press release (GA/PAL/689):



II. SECRETARY-GENERAL EXPRESSES DEEP SHOCK AT ATTACKS
ON ISRAELI BUSES IN GAZA STRIP


The following statement was issued by the spokesman for the Secretary-General on 10 April 1995 (SG/SM/5608):



III. UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME EXECUTIVE BOARD
TAKES NOTE OF REPORT OF THE ADMINISTRATOR ON THE
UNDP PROGRAMME OF ASSISTANCE TO THE
PALESTINIAN PEOPLE


The Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and of the United Nations Population Fund held its second regular session from 3 to 5 April 1995. At that meeting, the Board took note of the report of the Administrator on the UNDP programme of assistance to the Palestinian people. The text of that report is reproduced below (DP/1995/20/Rev.1):

"Report of the Administrator

"I. PURPOSE
"II. OVERALL SITUATION

"III. FINANCIAL SITUATION


"IV. PROGRAMME DELIVERY AND STRATEGY

"V. OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

"VI. UNDP ROLE IN COORDINATION

"VII. EXECUTIVE BOARD ACTION

"1. Take note of the present report; and



IV. PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF
THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE
ON ISRAELI VIOLATIONS IN THE CITY
OF AL-QUDS AL-SHARIF (JERUSALEM)


The following press release was issued by the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Conference on 29 April 1995 (OIC/A-007/95):



V. FINAL COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
ON AL-QUDS AL-SHARIF CONVENED BY THE ORGANIZATION
OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE AND THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES


On 12 to 14 March 1995, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the League of Arab States sponsored an international seminar on Al-Quds al-Sharif, in Cairo. The following is the text of the final communiqué:



VI. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:
ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION


1. Middle East International, a biweekly publication, is available from P.O. Box 53365, Temple Heights Station, Washington, D.C. 20009, United States. Issue No. 498 of 14 April 1995 includes an editorial on the League of Arab States' 50 years; analyses on the Gaza explosion of 2 April which killed a Hamas leader and its implications on a PLO/Hamas confrontation; Labour and Likud responses to car bombings; Fatah party's internal conflict; the formation of a Palestinian civil society; and Rabin's leadership style. Included also is a review of the book entitled Beyond the Promised land: Jews and Arabs on the hard road to a new Israel, by Glenn Frankel. Issue No. 499 of 28 April 1995 includes analyses on: the Rabin-Peres partnership vis-à-vis the implementation of the agreements and negotiations with the Syrian Arab Republic; Arafat's crackdown on Islamic militants in the aftermath of the car bombings in Netzarim and outlook for the West Bank and Gaza; curfews and their consequences on Palestinians in Hebron; Faruq Qaddumi's relations with the PLO leadership; difficulties encountered by the United States Middle East policy; foreign aid and international organizations, including UNRWA, and their changing role in the occupied territories. Included also is a review of the book entitled Peace in the Middle East: the challenge for Israel, by Efraim Karsh (ed.), which summarizes contributions of Middle East specialists from universities and think-tanks in the United Kingdom and the United States.

2. News from Within, a newsletter from the Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 31417, Jerusalem (Fax 9722 253151). Issue No. 4 of 4 April 1995 is dedicated to International Women's Day. It includes articles on a round-table discussion held at Bir Zeit University, on the future of the Palestinian women's movement; on exploitation of Arab women workers in the textile industry; on internal problems in the Histadrut; and on segregation of the Israeli population and the population in the occupied territories and its negative effects on the Palestinian economy. It also includes interviews with Manar Hasan, founder of a Palestinian feminist organization in Israel, on the objectives of her organization; with Tikva Levy, leading activist in the Israel Committee for Education in Oriental Neighbourhoods and Development Towns (Hila), on attitudinal difficulties among Israeli women (Ashkenazi and Mizrahi) and Palestinian women; with Azmi Bishara, lecturer in Philosophy at Bir Zeit University, on the concept of a normalization process between occupier and the occupied. Also included is an obituary of Matti Peled (1923-1995), Israeli General, peace activist and scholar.

3. Development and Socio-Economic Progress, a quarterly published by the Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization (AAPSO), is available from 89, Abdel Aziz-Al Saoud Str., 11559-61 Manial El-Road, Cairo, Egypt (Fax 202 363 7361). Issue No. 60 of July-December 1994 includes an article entitled "Arab communities in the Middle East and the Declaration of Principles" by Nouri Abdul Razzak, Secretary-General of AAPSO. The article analyses the Declaration of Principles, and gives the author's view on its drawbacks and detrimental effects on the welfare of the Palestinians.

4. The Other Front, a weekly bulletin on developments in Israeli society, is available from P.O. Box 19543, Jerusalem. Issue No. 319 of 26 April 1995 includes an analysis of the concept of post-Zionism wherein Israelis long for the normalization of their history and of relations with their neighbours. It also includes articles on activities of the right-wing group called the Sword of David; on immigration to Israel of non-Jews from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); on unsatisfactory conditions of foreign workers from Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa in Israel and consequences of their employment for Palestinian workers from the occupied territories; and on activities of a Jewish-Arab NGO.

5. Article 74, is a publication dedicated to article 74 of Protocol 1 of 1977 Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 which deals with the reunion of families dispersed as a result of armed conflict. It is available from the Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 31417 Jerusalem (Fax 02 253151). Issue No. 12 of April 1995 includes an article on negotiations for the return of the 1967 displaced persons including the final statement of a March 1995 meeting in Amman, which was attended by Palestinian, Israeli, Jordanian and Egyptian delegates. These four delegations, which will meet regularly, will constitute the Continuing Committee for the purpose of deciding by agreement the modalities of admission of Palestinians displaced from the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. Other articles included are on points of controversy such as: definition of a person displaced in 1967, issue of spouses, descendants and other relatives and 1967 refugees from East Jerusalem; on facts and figures of 1967 displaced persons; on the Israeli Interior Ministry's new measure of identifying Jerusalem residents; on restrictions of Jerusalem entry permits for West Bank spouses; on Palestinians applying for Israeli citizenship to enable travel abroad; on the difficulties of Israeli-issued visit permits for Palestinians visiting relatives in Gaza and Jericho; and on a new military order concerning child registration and its implications on Israeli's policy of separating the Palestinian diaspora from Palestinians in the occupied territories.

6. Palestinian-Israeli Joint Ventures Cons-traints and Prospects", published by the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, is available from CPRS, P.O. Box 132 Nablus, West Bank (Fax 09 380384). The study examines issues behind joint ventures and the controversies among Palestinians on the issues. It evaluates various implications of Palestinian-Israeli joint ventures and identifies trends of thought on the subject among Palestinian business leaders and economists. It also formulates policy guidelines for dealing with the concept from a Palestinian perspective and in a matter protecting Palestinian interests.

7. Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, has published the following study which is available from P.O. Box 1413, Ramallah, West Bank (Fax 972 2 995194). The study, which is entitled "The human rights of persons with disabilities", provides an outline of international law and of international standards related to disability, together with Jordanian and Israeli laws that specifically affect Palestinians with disabilities, as well as their friends, families and caregivers, and those working with persons with disabilities, and the general "able-bodied" community. The study is also undertaken to serve as reference for use in future deliberations about the formulation of disability legislation under a Palestinian authority.


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