16 October 2001 (A/ES-10/117- S/2001/971)

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: (Israeli Withdrawal from Al-Khalil)

At dawn on Sunday, 14 October 2001 (Palestine time), Israeli occupying forces assassinated Mr. Abdel Rahman Hammad in the town of Qalqilya while he stood on the roof of his home after prayers. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, while admitting to what he called "liquidating" the person, said that this was "not the first, nor the last," of such operations. The Prime Minister thus publicly admitted responsibility for yet another war crime committed by the occupying Power.

Also Sunday, Israeli occupying forces withdrew from the parts of Al-Khalil (Hebron) they had reoccupied for more than 10 days, but only after causing terror, destruction and death in that part of the city. The chief of staff of the Israeli army took an unusual and inappropriate step by saying in a statement that he "opposes the evacuation of the El-Sheikh and Abu Sneineh districts as well as measures to ease the blockade, which could threaten the security of Israeli citizens and soldiers." This is the same chief of staff, that we have indicated in some of our previous letters to you, who may have a special responsibility, along with several other Israeli officials, for the many war crimes and atrocities committed against the Palestinian people. The statement also reflects the strong opposition by some influential army officers and government officials against any improvement of the situation on the ground.

Another assassination was committed yesterday, 15 October 2001, by Israeli occupying forces who killed Mr. Mohammed Marshood in the city of Nablus. The resumption of the practice and policy of assassination by Israel, the occupying Power, in addition to being a war crime, seems to aim at forcing yet another explosion of the situation on the ground. This must be ceased immediately and the Israeli government must be held responsible.

I am writing this letter in follow-up to our previous 72 letters addressed to you regarding this grave and ongoing situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September 2000 to 5 October 2001 (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/ES10/101S/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 and A/ES-10/116-S-2001/941.) Since our last letter to you on 5 October 2001, Israeli occupying forces have brutally killed eight more Palestinians, including the martyrs mentioned above, bringing the total number of Palestinian martyrs to 682. (The names of the martyrs are contained in the annex to the present letter.) In addition, the number of Palestinians injured by the fire and action of the Israeli occupying forces continue to rise.

Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem* (Saturday, 6 October through Monday, 15 October 2001)

Saturday, 6 October 2001

    1. Hamzah Salem Al-Qawasmi
    2. Amjad Ibrahim Al-Qawasmi
Sunday, 7 October 2001

    1. Ra’ed Bahjat Al-Sharif
Monday, 8 October 2001

    1. Abdel Rahman Ahmed Abu Areeban
Wednesday, 10 October 2001

    1. Mohammed Saleh Abu Al-Rous

Thursday, 11 October 2001

    1. Hani Mustafa Rawajbah
Sunday, 14 October 20001

    1. Abdel Rahman Hammad

Monday, 15 October 2001

  1. Mohammed Marshood

    *Total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 = 682