14 January 2002 (A/ES-10/139-S/2002/58)

Letter sent by Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the Security Council, and the President of the General Assembly: (Extra-judiciary Execution and East Jerusalem Palestinian Homes Demolished)

Today, Monday, 14 January 2002, Israel, the occupying Power, committed yet another extra-judiciary execution, killing Mr. Raed El-Karmi in the city of Tulkarem in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Mr. El-Karmi was killed by a bomb planted near his home and detonated as he was passing by.

Also today, Israeli police demolished nine Palestinian homes in the neighborhood of Al-Eisaweyah in Occupied East Jerusalem. The demolitions took part in spite of the uproar over the Israeli demolition of more than 54 homes in Rafah refugee camp in Gaza on Friday, 11 January 2002 that left over 600 people homeless. In this regard, Israeli officials continued with their usual pattern of lying. The spokesmen for the army and the Prime Minister as well as the Minister of defense and the Prime Minister himself, partook in falsifying the facts by minimizing the number of houses destroyed, asserting that they were uninhabited and finally, also claiming that the houses hid smuggling tunnels. Furthermore, Mr. Sharon tried to use this horrible action to suggest the establishment of a buffer zone between Gaza and Egypt.

During the last two to three days, Israeli occupying forces shelled and destroyed several small vessels belonging to the Palestinian naval police while they were docked in a small harbor in Gaza city. Also, the Israeli occupying forces sent their tanks and bulldozers again to Gaza International Airport to ensure a huge amount of destruction of the airport.

All of the above-mentioned Israeli war crimes, State terrorism and other atrocities affirm once more that Mr. Ariel Sharon and his government want only to pursue the military confrontation and to destroy any chances for real peace in the region. It is also highly regrettable that all of this is taking place with out the necessary reaction by the international community and even worse, with what could be considered as encouragement by some quarters. This must end and the occupying Power must be held accountable before the Middle East region loses all hope.

In follow up to my previous 89 letters to you regarding the ongoing crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September 2000 to 11 January 2002 (A/55/432-S/2000/921; A/55/437-S/2000/930; A/55/450-S/2000/957; A/55/466-S/2000/971; A/55/474-S/2000/984; A/55/490-S/2000/993; A/ES-10/39-S/2000/1015; A/ES-10/40-S/2000/1025; A/ES-10/42-S/2000/1068; A/ES-10/43-S/2000/1078; A/ES-10/44-S/2000/1093; A/ES-10/45-S/2000/1104; A/ES-10/46-S/2000/1107; A/ES-10/47-S/2000/1116; A/ES-10/48-S/2000/1129; A/ES-10/49-S/2000/1154; A/ES-10/50-S/2000/1173; A/ES-10/51- S/2000/1185; A/ES-10/52-S/2000/1206; A/ES-10/53-S/2000/1247; A/ES-10/54-S/2001/7; A/ES-10/55-S/2001/33; A/ES-10/56-S/2001/50; A/ES-10/57-S/2001/101; A/ES-10/58-S/2001/131;A/ES-10/59-S/2001/156; A/ES-10/60-S/2001/175; A/ES-10/61-S/2001/189; A/ES-10/64-S/2001/209; A/ES-10/65-S/2001/226; A/ES-10/66-S/2001/239; A/ES-10/67-S/2001/255; A/ES-10/68-S/2001/284; A/ES-10/69-S/2001/295; A/ES-10/70-S/2001/304; A/ES-10/71-S/2001/314; A/ES-10/72-S/2001/332; A/ES-10/75-S/2001/352; A/ES-10/76-S/2001/372; A/ES-10/79-S/2001/418; A/ES-10/80-S/2001/432; A/ES-10/81-S/2001/447; A/ES-10/82-S/2001/463; A/ES-10/83-S/2001/471; A/ES-10/84-S/2001/479; A/ES-10/85-S/2001/486; A/ES-10/86-S/2001/496; A/ES-10/87-S/2001/504; A/ES-10/88-S/2001/508; A/ES-10/89-S/2001/544; A/ES-10/90-S/2001/586; A/ES-10/91-S/2001/605; A/ES-10/92-S/2001/629; A/ES-10/93-S/2001/657; A/ES-10/94-S/2001/669; A/ES-10/95-S/2001/686; A/ES-10/96-S/2001/697; A/ES-10/97 S/2001/708; A/ES-10/98-S/2001/717; A/ES-10/99S/2001/742; A/ES-10/100; S/2001/754;A/ES10/101-S/2001/783;A/ES-10/102-S/2001/785; A/ES-10/103-S/2001/798; A/ES10/104-S/2001/812; A/ES-10/105-S/2001/814; A/ES-10/107-S/2001/821; A/ES-10/108-S/2001/826; A/ES-10/111-S/2001/880; A/ES-10/112-S/2001/918; A/ES-10/114-S/2001/928; A/ES-10/115-S/2001/932; A/ES-10/116-S/2001/941; A/ES-10/117-S/2001/971 A/ES-10/118-S/2001/989; A/ES-10/119-S/2001/991; A/ES-10/121-S/2001/1007, A/ES-10/122-S/2001/1024; A/ES-10/123-S/2001/1036; A/ES-10/124-S/2001/1084; A/ES-10/125-S/2001/1092; A/ES-10/126-S/2001/1118; A/ES-10/128-S/2001/1149; A/ES-10/129-S/2001/1166; A/ES-10/133-S/2000/1239; A/ES-10/134-S/2001/126; A/ES-10/136-S/2002/18;A/ES-10/137-S/2002/ 39 and A/ES-10/138-S/2002/48). I also regret to inform you that the killing of Mr. Raed Karmi raises the total number of Palestinians killed since 28 September 2000 to 845 martyrs.

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