7 May 1993 (Not distributed)

Letter from Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council: (Israeli Practices) 

I am instructed by the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which retains the powers and responsibilities of the Provisional Government of Palestine, to bring the following to your immediate attention.

Despite the fact that the Palestinians have, under very difficult circumstances, acquiesced and returned to the negotiating table in the current peace process, the destructive and repressive policies and practices of Israel against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory continue. During the past week, Israeli repression was once again violently unleashed against Palestinian civilians living under its occupation. For example, on 4 May 1993, Israeli soldiers opened fire on demonstrators in Gaza, many of whom had been dispersed from a wake for four Palestinian youths who had been killed by Israeli troops (undercover units) on the previous day. This resulted in the killing of 3 more Palestinians and the wounding of more than 24 others, including several children under the age of 14 years. In addition, on that same day, a 19 year-old Palestinian youth in Nablus, Anwar al-Bakah, died from bullet wounds that had been inflicted upon him ten days earlier by Israeli soldiers. From Sunday, 2 May 1993, to Wednesday, 5 May 1993, the a total of 12 Palestinians were killed and over 77 were wounded by live ammunition, with several others injured, as Israeli troops intensified their presence and clashes continued.

Furthermore, reports for the month of April indicate that during that month, as result of the actions of Israeli soldiers, a total of 22 Palestinians were killed, 637 were wounded by live ammunition and approximately 800 civilians were injured by various other means, such as metal and rubber bullets, tear gas and beatings. At the same time, curfews continue to be imposed, several schools have been closed and homes have been demolished. This is the reality of the current situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

This situation and the continuity of such repressive policies and practices drastically undermine the strident efforts that are being made in an endeavor to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East for they endanger the credibility of negotiators and jeopardize the current peace process. These recent and ongoing developments compel us to, once again, reiterate our call for the Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities and provide, in accordance with resolution 681 (1990), some form of international protection for the Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation.