Press Release (7 November 1994)

Today a letter, regarding Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi in the occupied city of Al-Khalil (Hebron), was sent by the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and to the President of the Security Council of the United Nations for the month of November. The Permanent Observer of Palestine requested the distribution of the letter as an official document of the United Nations General Assembly and of the Security Council. The text of that letter reads as follows:

Israel, the occupying Power, has introduced certain measures dividing Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi in the city of Al-Khalil in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Although those measures are portrayed by the Israeli government as security measures for the purpose of decreasing tension, the fact of the matter remains that the measures are aimed at creating a new illegal de facto situation, attempting to establish Israeli rights with regard to Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi.

The presence of the Israeli settlers is illegal, violating the Fourth Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949 and several United Nations Security Council resolutions. Those settlers were brought there illegally, were maintained illegally, and should not be accorded any rights or privileges. Attempts to legitimize their presence should be opposed and condemned by the international community. Al-Khalil remains a Palestinian-Arab city and Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi remains a Palestinian-Arab Islamic shrine, and their status should not be tampered with.

In addition, the Israeli measures mentioned above violate the spirit and letter of the Declaration of Principles, signed on 13 September 1993 by the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel.