22 June 1998 (A/52/963, S/1998/557)

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: (Jerusalem)

In follow up of my letter of 18 June 1998, I would like to inform you that yesterday, 21 June 1998, the Israeli Government approved the program announced by the Prime Minister, which aims at strengthening Israel’s illegal hold on Jerusalem. As we indicated in our prior letter, the plan would expand the border of Jerusalem and would extend the municipal authority over some Jewish settlements in the West Bank, establishing a so-called "umbrella authority". This is a concrete step towards the illegal annexation of more occupied Palestinian land to the already illegally expanded Jerusalem municipality. It also aims at maintaining or creating a specific demographic composition.

The Israeli plan is not only a provocation for the Palestinian people; it is a gross violation of international law and it is definitely detrimental to the current peace process. The demagogic and outrageous statements made by the Israeli Prime Minister in this regard only underline this fact.

The United Nations Security Council has adopted 16 resolutions regarding the city of Jerusalem, and has repeatedly declared that all measures and arrangements taken by Israel, the occupying Power, including the legislative and administrative ones, which aim at changing the legal status, demographic composition and character of the city, are null and void and without any legal validity whatsoever. Further the Security Council has repeatedly reaffirmed the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to all the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, including Jerusalem.

We reiterate our belief that the Security Council, as the body responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security, is under obligation to take specific concrete measures to prevent the above-mentioned plan and any other Israeli violations of international law and the Council’s own resolutions. We specifically request that the Security Council consider the situation in a formal meeting and take the necessary measures in this regard.