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        General Assembly
        Security Council

10 January 1986


Forty-first session
Forty-first year

Letter dated 10 January 1986 from the Permanent Representative of
the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

I have the honour to transmit herewith the text of a letter to Your Excellency by the Permanent Observer of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations, dated 10 January 1986 (see annex).

I would be very grateful if you arrange that this letter be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under the item entitled "Question of Palestine", and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Mohammad Hussain AL-SHAALI
Permanent Representative


Letter dated 10 January 1986 from the Permanent Observer of the
Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

I am instructed by Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, to bring the following to your immediate attention.

On Wednesday, 8 January 1986, three members of the Israeli Knesset's Interior Committee, accompanied by two other members of the Knesset, Guela Cohen and Yuval Neeman, walked into the Al-Haram Al-Sharif (Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock), the holiest of Islamic Sanctuaries. They were joined by a group of approximately 30 people led by a certain Gershon Solomon. This premeditated violation of the Holy Sanctuary touched the sensitivities of the Muslim religious authorities, particularly since Gershon Solomon leads the movement calling for the destruction of the Dome of the Rock. and the rebuilding of the "Temple".

The Muslim religious authorities immediately carted from the Minarets to Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem to rally in the compound. Palestinian Arabs responded immediately by closing their stores and businesses and going to the compound. A state of tension prevailed. Palestinianian Arabs remember that three years ago a number of Zionist thugs, under the leadership of Goodman, mounted the walls of the Holy Sanctuary and opened fire on Muslim worshipers.

Earlier the Muslim religious authorities had tried to reason with those members of the Knesset's Interior Committee, but they insisted on violating the Sanctuary. The police were called and they immediately opened fire with tear gas, and fired "warning shots". Five Palestinian Arabs were injured as a result of this act of terrorism by the so-called security elements of Israel.

It later transpired that the Knesset was not aware of the visit, neither were the Muslim religious authorities, or the Knesset Speaker, Shlomo Hillel, which proves that the entire exercise by some elements of the Knesset's Interior Committee was a premeditated attempt to provoke and incite a serious and volatile situation. Notwithstanding this, the Israeli occupation authorities are now accusing Sheikh Mohammed Said Al-Jamal, one of the Sheikhs responsible for the maintenance of the Holy Sanctuary, of incitement.

On Thursday, 9 January 1986, the Sabra and Shatilla murderer and current member of the Israeli cabinet, Ariel Sharon, heavily guarded by Israeli police, walked into the Sanctuary, in yet another attempt at provocation and incitement. This act was followed by three Zionist thugs attempting to hoist the Israeli in the Sanctuary, but they were prevented from doing so by the Sanctuary guards.

We understand that Knesset member Guela Cohen, a judeo-nazi, plans on violating the Sanctuary again on Saturday, 11 January 1986.

We hold the Government of Israel solely and completely responsible for consequences resulting from these acts of terrorism committed by Israel, whether by members of the Knesset or the Israeli police force, and we ask for your immediate intervention to prevent what might prove to be a highly volatile and calamitous situation.

(Signed) Zuhdi Labib TERZI
Permanent Observer

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