2 October 2001 (A/ES-10/114-S/2001/928)

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: (One-Year Anniversary of Intifada)

Last Friday, 28 September 2001, the Palestinian people marked the one-year passage since the infamous visit of Mr. Ariel Sharon to Al-Haram Al-Sharif and the beginning of the Israeli military bloody campaign against the Palestinian people, which ignited the second Palestinian intifada. The Palestinian people marked the occasion with three minutes of silence in addition to several demonstrations, which took place throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem. Israeli occupying forces responded with the same pattern of willful killings and the commission of other crimes killing a total of fifteen Palestinians, including five children under the age of eighteen, over a span of three days, 28 September through 30 September 2001. (The names of the martyrs are annexed to the present letter.) These latest killings bring the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 to 661.

In one incident, in the Palestinian village of Attara, Israeli soldiers trapped Palestinian laborers in a taxi and opened fire indiscriminately resulting in the brutal killing of two and the injuring of others. In another incident, Israeli soldiers shot dead a member of the Palestinian security services in the city of Al-Khalil (Hebron) as he was trying to prevent clashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli soldiers. Most of the other cases of killings involved Israeli soldiers shooting at demonstrators, some of whom may have been throwing stones, but without any gun-fire present in the area.

The above-mentioned killings occurred after the Palestinian decision of a cease-fire was declared on 18 September 2001 and as measures were being taken by the Palestinian Authority to ensure the implementation of the agreement reached between the Palestinian and Israeli side in the meeting which took place between President Yasser Arafat and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on 26 September 2001. Obviously they represent a clear attempt to destroy the agreement and prevent whatever potential positive move forward. The Israeli government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is fully responsible for the grave consequences of such perilous positions and actions.

I am writing this letter in follow-up to our previous 69 letters addressed to you regarding this grave and ongoing situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September 2000 to 27 September 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-10/71-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 and A/ES-10/112-S/2001/918)

Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem* (Friday, 28 September through Sunday, 30 September 2001)

Friday, 28 September 2001

    1. Imam Mohammed Rifat Al-Shareef

    2. Mahmoud Ali Sukkar (16 years old)

    3. Mohsen Fahd Arar (17 years old)

    4. Mohammed Fathi Ahmed Al-Tarayrah (10 years old)

    5. Yasser Ahmed Al-Adhamy

    6. Ahmed Atef Mahdi

    7. Mohammed Mohammed Zuhed

    8. Shady Jad Al-Karim Abu Lafi

Saturday, 29 September 2001

    1. Khalil Eissa Fayyad (17 years old)

    2. Ahmed Mahmoud Awajah (from wounds sustained on 27 September 2001)

    3. Ribhi Mahmoud Al-Bayed

    4. Mahmoud Khamis Al-Sawaf (13 years old)

Sunday, 30 September 2001

    1. Khalil Al-Sarfandi Abu Al-Abed

    2. Hosni Mustafa Abu Aleil

    3. Nidal Mohammed Rushdi Al-Fakhoury





*Total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 = 661