19 September 1997 (A/52/371, S/1997/727, A/ES-10/15)

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: (Ras Al-Amud)

Israel, the occupying Power, continues with its drive to colonize Occupied Arab East Jerusalem. It has allowed illegal settlers to occupy a house in Ras al-Amud, a crowded Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem. This represents another flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and many Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, including resolutions ES-10/2 and ES-10/3 of the tenth emergency special session on illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. This action is also another serious blow to the imperiled peace process.

The Israeli action came after some internal haggling, with the obvious aim of reaching the least costly method to achieve the goal of the present Israeli government. The Israeli media has asserted that several ministers indeed knew in advance of the intention of the settlers. Some asserted that the Prime Minister himself knew and that he had asked for the postponement of the action until after the departure of the U.S. Secretary of State from the region.

One of the antagonists in this matter is a U.S. citizen, Irving Moskowitz. We informed you about some of his illegal actions in our letter of 20 August 1997. In this regard, we must stress the personal responsibility for the violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which was emphasized in General Assembly resolution ES-10/3.

We stress also the duties of the international community, especially the Security Council, to take immediate action with the aim of reversing the Israeli action and bringing an end to their repeated violations.