28 December 2000 (A/ES-10/53, S/2000/1247)

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 (3 months of Intifada)

Today marks three months since the infamous visit by Ariel Sharon to Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Occupied East Jerusalem, the ensuing uprising by the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation, and the onset of the Israeli bloody military campaign against the Palestinian population. During this bloody campaign, the Israeli occupying forces, using live ammunition and heavy weaponry, have inflicted a high number of casualties among the Palestinian people and have caused extreme destruction and suffering. 315 Palestinians have been killed and 10,523 have been wounded and injured. Of the injured, 2,146 have been the result of live ammunition and the rest have been the result of rubber bullets, shrapnel, gas and other reasons. Further, approximately one-third of the injured have been 18 years or younger and many of the wounded will suffer lifelong disabilities and handicaps as a result of their serious injuries. I am enclosing the names of the additional 11 martyrs that have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces since by last letter to you on 19 December 2000.

During its military campaign, Israel, the occupying Power, has continuously and repeatedly committed, inter alia, the following against Palestinian civilians and other Palestinians:

Many of these actions by the occupying Power represent grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, and some represent war crimes within the meaning of the Convention. They represent serious violations of other instruments of international law as well and many Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. The actions of the occupying Power have caused grave loss of live, severe destruction of property and have greatly damaged the socioeconomic living conditions of the Palestinian people.

I send this letter to you in follow up of my previous letters on the matter, dated from 29 September to 19 December 2000 (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), as the suffering of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation continues to this day and as the need for serious and immediate action by the international community, including the provision of international protection for Palestinian civilians, also continues.


Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli security forces

in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem

(Tuesday, 19 December through Wednesday, 27 December 2000)


Wednesday, 20 December 2000:

  1. Refat Faisal Abu Marzouk
  2. Hani Alsoufi (11 years old)
  3. Suliman Zorob


Thursday, 21 December 2000:

  1. Ahmed Jameel Awad
  2. Hani Joumaa Barhoum (17 years old)
  3. Ahed Iyada Mriesh


Friday, 22 December 2000:

  1. Salamah Ayash Alsouwerky
  2. Arafat Mohammed Ali Masad (17 years old)
  3. Najeeb Mohammed Kasem Abeedou (17 years old)


Saturday, 23 December 2000:

  1. Nidal Hassan Abu Own
  2. Abdallah Hussein Qanan (from wounds sustained on 14 December 2000)