16 May 2003 (A/ES-10/226-S/2002/548)

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: (Children Killed in Gaza)

 

            Israel, the occupying Power, continues to wage its bloody military campaign throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The occupying Power has relentlessly continued to commit war crimes, State terrorism and systematic human rights violations against the Palestinian people under its occupation.   Since my last letter to you, dated 1 May 2003, the Israeli occupying forces have killed 34 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, and wounded many others.  It is also important to recall that since the official presentation of the Quartets roadmap to peace on 30 April 2003, the Israeli occupying forces have killed 60 Palestinian civilians.  This, obviously, reflects the determination of the Israeli government to undermine the road map and obstruct any efforts to resume the peace process. 

 

Yesterday, Thursday, 15 May, marked the 55th anniversary of Al-Nakba- the day the Palestinian people were uprooted from their homeland in 1948 amidst massacres, destruction and the devastation of war.  As the Palestinian people solemnly commemorated the anniversary of this tragic day, the Israeli occupying forces continued to relentlessly unleash their brute force, killing 5 Palestinians, including 3 children.  At the same time, scores of Palestinian civilians were injured, many seriously.

 

These above-mentioned killings took place in the early morning hours (Palestine time) of yesterday, when more than 50 Israeli tanks, supported by armored vehicles, helicopter gunships and bulldozers, raided the northern town of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip.  One of the three children killed, Mohammed Al-Zaneen, was shot in the head by Israeli occupying forces and was left to bleed to death, as Israeli troops prevented paramedics from reaching the scene.  The young boy was eventually carried to an ambulance and died on the way to the hospital.   Also yesterday, Israeli occupying forces demolished four homes, leaving several Palestinian families homeless.

 

The continuation of aggression committed by the Israeli occupying forces against the Palestinian people should be vigorously condemned by the international community. The current situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, can only continue to deteriorate as long as Israel, the occupying Power, continues to believe that it can act against the Palestinian people under its occupation with impunity.  As such, war crimes, State terrorism and systematic human right violations will continue to be perpetrated by the Israeli occupying forces against the Palestinian people, inflicting only more harm, suffering and destruction. In this regard, we urge the international community to take the necessary measures to compel Israel to halt its military campaign and abide by international law and international humanitarian law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949.

 

This letter is in follow-up to our previous 164 letters to you regarding the ongoing crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, since 28 September 2000.  These letters, dated from 29 September 2000 (A/55/432-S/2000/921) to 1 May 2003 (A/ES-10/225-S/2003/518), constitute a basic record of the crimes committed by the Israeli occupying forces against the Palestinian people since September 2000.  For all of these war crimes, State terrorism and systematic human rights violations committed against the Palestinian people, Israel, the occupying Power, must be held accountable and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

 

Accordingly, in follow-up to the above-mentioned letters, it is my deep regret to inform you that the 34 Palestinians killed by the Israeli occupying forces raises the total number of martyrs to 2399 Palestinians.  (The names of the martyrs that have been identified thus far are contained in the annex to the present letter.)

 

Names of martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces

in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem*

(Friday, 2 May through Friday, 16 May 2003)

 

 

Friday, 2 May 2003

 

 

  1. Awad Ahmed Abdallah Al-Saify (from wounds sustained on 11 April 2003)
  2. Ranad Abdallah Al-Haj Qandas (17 years old)
  3. Sharif Mahmoud Abu Al-Hasan

 

Saturday, 3 May 2003

 

  1. Mohammed Zahi Hasan Hijazy

 

Wednesday, 7 May 2003

 

  1. Amin Hamdan Fadel Minzilawy
  2. Alyan Saad Alyan Al-Bishiti
  3. Ayman Eiz Eldin Ibrahim
  4. Ahmed Issam Joudah (18 years old)

 

Thursday, 8 May 2003

 

  1. Ikram Borham Hussein Quedeh (from wounds sustained on 29 April 2003)
  2. Iyad Eissa Al-beek
  3. Mohamed Atta Hafez Al-Shaer
  4. Zaher Hasan Asad Al-Showaly
  5. Ahmed Sief Al-Din Al-Hamshary (13 years old) (from wounds sustained on 10 April 2003)
  6. Abdel Karim Jamil Afaneh

 

Monday, 12 May 2003

 

  1. Mohammed Abdallah Abu Armaneh
  2. Selim Saleh Al-Arja
  3. Hassan Ahmed Al-Astal (18 years old)
  4. Malek Zuhdi Yaseen (from wounds sustained on 6 September 2001)

 

Wednesday, 14 May 2003

 

  1. Mohammed Khalil Thabit
  2. Mohammed Mustafa Wishah
  3. Fadl Ashoor Abu Atewi
  4. Tayseer Yussef Abu Shihab
  5. Dia Naseef Ghawadreh (12 years old)

 

Thursday, 15 May 2003

 

  1. Mohammed Nabil Mohammed Al-Zaneen (12 years old)
  2. Khalil Mohammed Mahmoud Karmout
  3. Nidal Atef Karim
  4. Zuhair Khaled Abu Jarad (13 years old)
  5. Abdel Qader Abu Alkas (16 years old)

 

Friday, 16 May 2003

 

  1. Ahmed Mohammed Ismail Al-Nawajheh

 

 

 

* The total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 = 2399