28 August 2001 (A/ES-10/108-S/2001/826)
Letter sent by Mr. Marwan Jilani, Charge díAffaires, a.i.,
Deputy 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: (Reoccupation of Beit Jala)
Today, Israeli occupying forces reoccupied parts of the
Palestinian town of Beit Jala in the West Bank. In the early morning hours
(Palestine time), Israeli occupying forces, supported by a number of tanks,
armored vehicles and paratroopers, raided the town of Beit Jala. In addition
to terrorizing the civilian population as a whole, the Israeli raid resulted
in the death of one Palestinian and the injury of tens of Palestinians. As we
write this letter to you, Israeli occupying forces remain in Beit Jala and
show no signs of withdrawing.
Also during the early morning hours of today, Israeli
occupying forces made an incursion into Rafah in the Gaza Strip for several
hours while bulldozers protected by tanks demolished fourteen Palestinian
homes and caused extensive damage to twenty others. In addition to the
complete destruction and damage of the Palestinian homes, this brutal Israeli
attack inflicted injuries to at least thirty Palestinian civilians.
Furthermore, today, Israeli occupying forces fired tank shells at a
Palestinian check point near Al-Khalil (Hebron) killing one Palestinian and
injuring 5 others.
Yesterdayís Israeli assassination of the leader of the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Mr. Mustafa El-Zibri, as well
as the reoccupation of parts of Beit Jala and the continued Israeli bloody
military campaign, all represent a serious and dangerous escalation of
hostility by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people.
These above-mentioned actions reaffirm that the goal of the government of Mr.
Ariel Sharon is to destroy all signed agreements and to prevent any
possibility to return to the negotiating table.
Israel, the occupying Power, is pursuing a campaign of
aggression against the Palestinian people, which began on 28 September 2000,
and has escalated its campaign in an incremental manner. In this context, the
failure of the Security Council to uphold its primary responsibility of
maintaining peace and security is only encouraging such Israeli aggression
against the Palestinian civilian population. We once again reiterate our call
to the Security Council to uphold its responsibility and to take the necessary
action in this regard, in particular the provision of protection for the
Palestinian civilians, as well as to ensure compliance with relevant Security
Council resolutions, international law, international humanitarian law and
existing Palestinian-Israeli agreements.
I am writing this letter in follow-up to our previous 66
letters addressed to you regarding this grave and ongoing situation in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September
2000 to 27 August 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; 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-10/105-S/2001/814 and A/ES-10/107-S/2001/821.) I regret to inform you
that the 2 Palestinian martyrs mentioned above raise the number of
Palestinians killed by Israeli occupying forces since last September to 585.
(The names of the martyrs are contained in the annex to the present letter).
At the same time, the total number of Palestinian civilians injured, many
severely and permanently, also continues to rise each day.
Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces
in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including
(Tuesday, 27 August 2001)
Tuesday, 27 August 2001
1. Riyad Abu Zeinah
*Total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli
occupying forces since 28 September 2000 = 585