Palestine Observer to UN: Israel Must be Held Responsible for War Crimes, State Terrorism
NEW YORK, February 24, 2006 (WAFA) - Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, Dr. Riyad Mansour sent a letter to President of the UN Security Council, asking him to hold Israel responsible for "the war crimes, State terrorism and systematic human rights violations committed against the Palestinian people."
Dr. Mansour said, in the letter, that the past week has seen an increase in aggressive Israeli rhetoric, threats and actions against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian National Authority.
"Sadly, the Palestinian blood has become a ticket in the upcoming Israeli elections and tragic events on the ground indicate that the situation will only get worse if the international community does not intervene promptly and firmly," the letter reads.
It adds that the Israel has escalated the situation by intensifying its military incursions of Palestinian towns in which cruel and inhumane measures have been taken against the affected Palestinian populations.
In the past week alone, the letter reads on, Israeli occupation forces have carried out two separate and very violent military incursions into the Balata refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Nablus.
"So far, at least nine Palestinians have been killed in these military assaults while seventy others, including three medical staff, were injured," the letter says.
The events in the Gaza Strip have also seen a marked escalation in violence the Israeli bombardment of Palestinian neighbourhoods continuous incessantly and Palestinians continue to suffer from these attacks.
President Mahmoud Abbas, reads the letter, and despite the apparent disinterest of the Israeli side in restoring calm, has once more reiterated the Palestinian commitment to a peaceful settlement of the conflict and has called on Israel to cease its military aggression and return immediately to the negotiations table.
"His Excellency has also appealed to the international community and the Quartet to intervene immediately and put an end to the grave escalation on the ground as the situation has become unbearable and critically dangerous," the letter says.
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