22 March 1993 (A/47/909, S/25458)

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: (Killings) 

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 attention.

In the past several months, the level of repressive measures and lethal actions by the Israeli authorities against the Palestinian people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, has increased dramatically. This reflects what appears to be a new policy adopted by the Israeli government. Several public statements made by high level Israeli officials have also clearly incited further violence against Palestinians. Today 3 Palestinian youths were killed by the Israeli army, including Mohamed Tawfik Jarbouh, a Palestinian child of 11 years of age from the Rafah refugee camp, who was killed when he was hit by a bullet in the neck. Further, 4 Palestinians were killed over this past weekend. In the Gaza Strip alone, since 1 December 1992, 52 Palestinians, including 17 children under the age of 16 years, have been killed by Israeli troops or settlers, some cases of which have been tantamount to intentional killing. The effects of the presence and actions of the Israeli colonial settlers, who have been brought to the occupied Palestinian territory by the Israeli authorities in blatant violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which is applicable to all the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem; are alarming as the pattern of killing and injuring Palestinian civilians by armed settlers continues to rise.

During the same time period, since 1 December 1992, approximately 2,000 Palestinian civilians have been wounded and injured. This figure includes over 400 children who have been shot by live ammunition. These numbers are disturbing, for the total of fatalities for the past four months has been higher than that recorded during the first four months of the intifadah in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Such Israeli policies and practices drastically undermine the efforts aimed at achieving peace in the Middle East. This represents yet another Israeli obstacle, in addition to the obstacle of the unresolved deportee crisis due to Israel's non-compliance with resolution 799 (1992), to the resumption of negotiations in the current peace process.

The above-mentioned developments, Your Excellency, lead us to reiterate our belief in the necessity for the Security Council to carry out its responsibilities and provide, in accordance with resolution 681 (1990), international protection for the Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation. In this regard, we recall the report of Your Excellency of 25 January 1993. We, as the representative of the Palestinian people, request that the Security Council formally consider this situation, with the aim of adopting concrete measures to provide protection for the Palestinian people in the framework of Security Council resolution 681 (1990).