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UNITED
NATIONS
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        Security Council
S/14096
8 August 1980

LETTER DATED 7 AUGUST 1980 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF QATAR
TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

Upon instruction from my Government, I have the honour to draw your attention to the savage treatment by the Israeli authorities of the Palestinian political prisoners in the Israeli jails, and particularly in Nafha prison in the Negev desert.

For more than two weeks, the Palestinian prisoners in this gaol are on hunger strike. Two prisoners have already died under suspicious circumstances during the hunger strike. The first victim is Shehdeh Mohammed Al-Ja'afari, 30, of Gaza. The second is Rassam Mohammed Halawa, 28, of Al-Dheshah Refugee Camp. Other prisoners are suffering from the same conditions which caused the death of these two prisoners. Many other Palestinian prisoners in other gaols are on hunger strike in solidarity with their brothers in Nafha.

The information reported in the world press on the conditions of Nafha prison are alarming. It gives every indication that all these prisoners will face slow death if these conditions should continue. The prisoners themselves have declared that the Nafha prison is designed to kill its inhabitants. In a letter leaked out from the prison walls and published in the Israeli newspaper Al-Ittihad, 5 July 1980, these prisoners stated, inter
alia, the following:
It is becoming more and more obvious that the Israeli authorities are perpetuating the crime of murder in cold blood against the Palestinian prisoners as part of their criminal assault on the very existence of the Palestinian people.

In drawing your attention to this alarming situation I am requested to urge you to take every possible action in pursuance of article 76 of the fourth Geneva Convention of August 1949 and the relevant resolutions of the Security Council to ensure that this inhuman treatment of the Palestinian prisoners be stopped.

I have the honour to request that this letter be distributed as a Security Council document.

(Signed) Jasim JAMAL
Ambassador
Permanent Representative

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