4 December 2001 (A/ES-10/127-S/2001/)

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: (Attacks on Gaza & Ramallah)

  Israel, the occupying Power, has started yet another chapter in its bloody military campaign against the Palestinian people, which began over a year ago on 28 September 2000. Yesterday, Israeli helicopter gunships fired missiles at a heliport in a presidential compound in Gaza, destroying helicopters belonging to the Palestinian Authority and destroying other facilities in the compound. In the early morning hours that day, Israeli tanks and bulldozers also entered the vicinity of Gaza International Airport and destructed the main runway. Israeli occupying forces also used helicopter gunships and F-16 fighter planes to bombard several Palestinian security installations and ministry buildings throughout Gaza City and in the city of Jenin.

Today, the Israeli occupying forces continued these attacks targeting buildings of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, where they fired missiles at facilities less than 50 meters away from the headquarters of President Arafat while he was there. In addition to the attacks on Ramallah, Israeli helicopters and warplanes carried out attacks on Palestinian sites in Khan Yunis, Tulkarem, Qalqilya, and Nablus. Israeli occupying forces also moved their tanks and armored personnel carriers far into areas under full Palestinian control, reoccupying parts of those areas and imposing a virtual siege on several Palestinian cities. The attacks by the occupying Power have all targeted facilities located in residential Palestinian neighborhoods, causing a high number of injuries, wreaking vast physical destruction and intensifying fear and panic among the Palestinian people. Moreover, the Israeli assaults today killed four people, including a 15 year-old Palestinian boy and a Palestinian security officer, increasing the Palestinian death toll.

All of the above actions have been coupled with a wave of belligerent statements by Israeli officials, including statements by Mr. Ariel Sharon, declaring war and war-like activities against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people. Israel attempts to present all of the atrocities and war crimes it is committing as part of a campaign against terrorism and, at the same time, while it commits those atrocities, it expects the Palestinian Authority to be able to fulfill its responsibilities in the security arena. This is absurd as Israeli military actions can only ensure the failure of any efforts to bring about a better security situation and can only serve to create more hatred and more violence and escalate tensions. Mr. Sharon has always been publicly against achieving a peaceful settlement and against implementing the recommendations of the Mitchell Committee and any serious attempts to end the current situation. Although, on the Palestinian side, there may be some extremists who do not want peace, on the Israeli side it is actually the Prime Minister himself who clearly doesnít want peace.

As the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, continues to deteriorate, with increasing danger to the lives of the Palestinian people and to the stability of the entire region, it is incumbent upon the international community and the Security Council in specific to bear their responsibilities. Urgent action must be undertaken by the Security Council to bring the situation under control and bring an immediate end to the dramatic escalation of Israelís political and military attacks against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority.

In follow-up of my previous 82 letters to you regarding this grave situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September 2000 to 27 November 2001 (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; A/ES-10/53-S/2000/1247; A/ES-10/54-S/2001/7; A/ES-10/55-S/2001/33; A/ES-10/56-S/2001/50; A/ES-10/57-S/2001/101; A/ES-10/58-S/2001/131; A/ES-10/59-S/2001/156; A/ES-10/60-S/2001/175; A/ES-10/61-S/2001/189; A/ES-10/64-S/2001/209; A/ES-10/65-S/2001/226; A/ES-10/66-S/2001/239; A/ES-10/67-S/2001/255; A/ES-10/68-S/2001/284; A/ES-10/69-S/2001/295; A/ES-10/70-S/2001/304; A/ES-10/71-S/2001/314; A/ES-10/72-S/2001/332; A/ES-10/75-S/2001/352; A/ES-10/76-S/2001/372; A/ES-10/79-S/2001/418; A/ES-10/80-S/2001/432; A/ES-10/81-S/2001/447; A/ES-10/82-S/2001/463; A/ES-10/83-S/2001/471; A/ES-10/84-S/2001/479; A/ES-10/85-S/2001/486; A/ES-10/86-S/2001/496; A/ES-10/87-S/2001/504; A/ES-10/88-S/2001/508; A/ES-10/89-S/2001/544; A/ES-10/90-S/2001/586; A/ES-10/91-S/2001/605; A/ES-10/92-S/2001/629; A/ES-10/93-S/2001/657; A/ES-10/94-S/2001/669; A/ES-10/95-S/2001/686; A/ES-10/96-S/2001/697; A/ES-10/97-S/2001/708; A/ES-10/98-S/2001/717;A/ES-10/99-S/2001/742;A/ES-10/100-S/2001/754; A/ES10/101-S/2001/783; A/ES-10/102-S/2001/785; A/ES-10/103-S/2001/798; A/ES10/104;S/2001/812; A/ES-10/105-S/2001/814; A/ES-10/107-S/2001/821; A/ES-10/108-S/2001/826; A/ES-10/111-S/2001/880; A/ES-10/112-S/2001/918; A/ES-10/114-S/2001/928; A/ES-10/115-S/2001/932; A/ES-10/116-S/2001/941; A/ES-10/117-S/2001/971 A/ES-10/118-S/2001/989; A/ES-10/119-S/2001/991; A/ES-10/121-S/2001/1007, A/ES-10/122-S/2001/1024; A/ES-10/123-S/2001/1036; A/ES-10/124-S/2001/1084; A/ES-10/125-S/2001/1092; and A/ES-10/126-S/2001/1118), I regret to inform you that since my last letter to you on 27 November, 12 more Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces. (The names of the martyrs are contained in the annex to the present letter.) These killings raise the total number of Palestinians killed since 28 September 2000 to 789 martyrs.


Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem* (Thursday, 29 November 2001 through Tuesday, 4 December 2001)  

Thursday, 29 November 2001

  1. Saeed Rashad Abdel Rahman Mihana

  2. Ramy Mohammed Mansour

Sunday, 2 December 2001

  1. Ramy Asous (12 years old)

  2. Ahmed Abu Shahla (10 years old)

Monday, 3 December 2001

  1. Raafat Bajali

  2. Yehia Mohamed Abu ĎAbid

  3. Mohammed Subhi Sunjaq

Tuesday, 4 December 2001

  1. Nidal Al Derabani (Died from wounds sustained yesterday.)

  2. Amjad Al Toubasi

  3. Mohammed Ahmed Siyam

  4. Mohammed Abu Marsa (15 years old)

  5. Mohammed Abu Taqiah


* Total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 = 789