30 October 2000 (A/ES-10/41, S/2000/1046)

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: (Killings & International Protection)


The Israeli occupying forces continue with their killing and injuring of more Palestinian civilians. In follow up to my letters, beginning on 29 September through 25 October 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/200/993; A/ES-10/39, S/2000/1015; A/ES-10/40, S/2000/1025), I am once again compelled to inform you that 15 more Palestinians have died since my last letter as a result of the continuous military campaign of terror by Israel, the occupying Power, against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem. This brings the total number of deaths to 133 Palestinians. (The names of martyrs since my last letter are annexed.) In addition to the increased number of killings, the excessive and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces has caused the additional injury of more than 200 Palestinians, many of whom remain in critical condition.

Further, today, Israeli helicopter gunships once more fired rockets at locations in several Palestinian cities, including Nablus, Al-Bireh and Khan Yunis. Israeli tanks were also heavily deployed in the Gaza Strip and fired several times at the city of Rafah. These actions, coupled with several new statements by Israeli officials, indicate that Israel, the occupying Power, intends to even further escalate its attacks against the Palestinian population.

The international community can not allow for this Israeli military campaign of terror to continue. We reiterate our call to the international community and specifically to the Security Council to ensure compliance by Israel, the occupying Power, with Security Council resolution 1322 (2000) and resolution ES-10/7 of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly. We also reiterate the call to the Council to establish a United Nations Protection Force to be dispatched in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, with the aim of providing much-needed protection for the Palestinian civilian population.

Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli security forces

in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem

(Wednesday, 25 October to Sunday, 29 October 2000)


Thursday, 26 October 2000

  1. Ahmad Abdel Kader Sebyitani
  2. Alaa Mohamed Al Jawabrah (14 years old) (died from wounds sustained earlier)

Friday, 27 October 2000

  1. Ghasan Yussef Awaissa
  2. Jabr Ahmad Almesshal (14 years old)
  3. Basheer Saleh Shlewit (16 years old)
  4. Ahmad Mohamad Khalil Kasem
  5. Aziz Yussef Tanouh Alzeer (died from wounds sustained earlier)

Saturday, 28 October 2000

  1. Abdel Rahim Hasan Besharat

Sunday, 29 October 2000

  1. Samir Mousa Elewah
  2. Shady Abdallah Hasan Alshouli
  3. Esmat Khalil Alsaber
  4. Husni Hasan Al Najar (14 years old)
  5. Bilal Jamal Nimr Abu Salah
  6. Hilal Jamal Nimr Abu Salah (twin of Bilal Abu Salah)
  7. Fadi Amin Dabayeh (died from wounds sustained earlier)