30 March 2001 (A/ES-10/70-S/2001/304)

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 (Land Day Demonstrations)

Israel, the occupying Power, is continuing and escalating its bloody military campaign against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem. Today, on the occasion of Land Day, Palestinians demonstrated throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory in commemoration of the killing by the Israeli police of 6 Israeli Arabs during a demonstration against the confiscation of thousands of hectares of Arab-owned land in 1976. Israeli occupying forces responded to today’s demonstration with the use of lethal force, killing 5 Palestinians, including 2 who were hit by large-caliber fire that disfigured their faces beyond recognition, as well as injuring 150 Palestinians, including at least 10 in serious condition.

Also today, Israeli tanks shelled Al-Khalil (Hebron) and illegal Israeli settlers torched several homes, shops and cars owned by inhabitants of the city. In addition, and indicating the Israeli intention of even more escalation, Israeli Defense Minister Mr. Binyamin Ben-Eliezer has said today that Israel would send forces to "any place we feel…is endangering us." We warn against the Israeli escalation and hold the Israeli government of Mr. Ariel Sharon responsible for the war crimes and other actions committed by the Israeli occupying forces as well as by the illegal settlers against our people.

In follow up to my previous letters to you, dated from 29 September 2000 to 29 March 2001 (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/2000/131; A/ES-10/59-S/2001/156; A/ES-10/60-S/2000/175; 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; and A/ES-10/69-S/2001/295), I regret to inform you that today’s killings by the Israeli occupying forces of the 5 Palestinians whose names are annexed to this letter, brings the total number of Palestinian martyrs to 395, in addition to the increase in the number of Palestinian injuries.

We reiterate our call for the international community, specifically for the Security Council, to take the necessary and appropriate measures to bring the Israeli bloody military campaign to an end and to provide protection for the Palestinian civilians.

Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli security forces

In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem

Friday, 30 March 2001

  1. Mohammed Abdel Muhsen El-Wawi
  2. Ayish Ghazi Zamel
  3. Ahmed Marahil
  4. Sha’ban Selwan
  5. Murad Shrai’aah