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On 23 March 1970, the Commission on Human Rights condemned Israel's refusal to apply the 1949 Geneva Convention and called on it to take certain measures to rectify the situation. The Commission condemned Israel on many counts, namely total or partial destruction of villages and cities, establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, unlawful deportation and expulsion of civilians, coercive acts to compel civilians to collaborate with the occupying Power against their will, abrogation of national laws, and collective punishment. It will thus be seen that the heinous crimes perpetrated by Israel in the occupied territories are no longer a secret, and are even admitted in official statements of the occupying authorities. In addition to official United Nations bodies and observers, the world information media are already teeming with reports on Israeli evil deeds and malpractices.
I should also like to refer to the indiscriminate killing by Israel of civilians in Arab countries. The photographs of factory workers and school children who have been the victims of Israeli planes and napalm bombing have already been published in United Nations official documents. Israel has no respect for Arab lives and property. Its policy is based on territorial expansion and utter disregard for human rights.
Let us once and for all put an end to the misery and suffering of the people of the occupied territories. Since Israel continues to flout the authority of the United Nations, it is high time that mandatory and coercive measures be taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations to compel Israel to withdraw from the territories it has defiled and devastated for so long.
Upon the request of my Government I should be grateful if this letter and the enclosed photographs, together with the captions relating to them, would be circulated as an official document of the Security Council and the General Assembly.
Ambassador, Permanent Representative
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