proximate causes

Ian Murray seamus2001 at
Tue Oct 9 00:37:00 PDT 2001

[they meet again in two days...see third paragraph]







26 MAY 2001


The Conference holds Israel fully responsible for its aggression and its oppressive practices that have caused the death of hundreds of martyrs, wounded thousands of Palestinians, destroyed the Palestinian facilities, infrastructures, and housing and suffocated the Palestinian national economy. This aggression constitutes a flagrant abuse of the rights of the Palestinian people and human being, a gross violation of all the international covenants, conventions, the international law, and the international humanitarian law, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, as well as a disavowal of the resolutions of international legitimacy and signed agreements, which jeopardizes the security and peace of the whole region.

The Conference condemns the Israeli occupying forces for shelling the Palestinian cities, villages and camps and its use of F-16 fighters, and U.S. made Apachi helicopter gunships, heavy tanks, missiles from naval ships and the use of depleted uranium bullets and poisonous gases which has caused the death of tens of Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others among the civilian population, destroyed residential areas and civilian and official facilities; and calls on the UN Security Council to promptly intervene in order to put an end to this dangerous and aggressive escalation against the Palestinian people and sanctities in Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif and provide international protection for the Palestinian people.

The Conference calls on the United States of America to promptly intervene to stop the Israeli aggression and prevent the Israeli government from continuing to use lethal and internationally banned weapons against civilians, which has shaken the very foundations of regional security and stability and put the Middle East region on the brink of a destructive war. It also calls on the UN General Assembly to resume its Tenth Extraordinary Session to consider the barbaric Israeli practices and its use of internationally banned weapons against the Palestinian people.

The Conference strongly condemns the gross and wide-scale violations of human rights, which the Israeli occupation authorities persist in committing, and especially the criminal political assassinations and mass reprisals, which constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and a flagrant violation of international law and of the right of Palestinian people to life.

The Conference holds the Israeli officials responsible in their personal capacity for the consequences of these crimes and requests the United Nations to constitute an International Criminal Tribunal specifically to bring them to trial as war criminals who perpetrated these heinous massacres against the Palestinians and other Arabs. It emphasizes that they should be prosecuted in the same way that similar cases have been.

The Conference calls on the United Nations to take binding decisions to force Israel to pay reparations for the moral and material losses it provoked in lives and properties, for the psychological and physical disabilities it caused as a result of its aggression against the Palestinian people, for the blockade and closure imposed on the Palestinian territories and the continuing dismemberment of these territories, for the destruction of Palestinian facilities, infrastructures, and housing, for the damage it inflicted on the agricultural lands and crops, and for uprooting trees, polluting the environment, dispersing the population and for other losses.

The Conference condemns the Israeli expansionist policy, the confiscation of Palestinian lands, and all other settlement activities, which is considered a war crime and a flagrant violation of the UN resolutions and international humanitarian law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its annexes, and of UN resolution No. 465, which considers settlements illegal facilities that must be dismantled and the building of settlements null and void and without legal effect. It calls for the implementation of UN resolution No. 1322 of 2000 and resolution No. 10/7 adopted by the Tenth Extraordinary Session of the UN General Assembly. It calls on all States to refrain from providing to Israel any assistance to build settlements and also calls for political and economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel to force it to put an end to settlements. [snip]

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