United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

3 November 1988


                                                        45th plenary meeting
                                                        3 November 1988
            The uprising (intifadah) of the Palestinian people
      The General Assembly,
      Aware of the uprising (intifadah) of the Palestinian people since
 9 December 1987 against Israeli occupation, which has received significant
 attention and sympathy from world public opinion,
      Deeply concerned at the alarming situation in the Palestinian territories
 occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, as well as in the other occupied
 Arab territories, as a result of the continued occupation by Israel, the
 occupying Power, and of its persistent policies and practices against the
 Palestinian people,
      Reaffirming that the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection
 of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, is applicable to all
 the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967,
 including Jerusalem,
      Recalling its relevant resolutions as well as Security Council
 resolutions 605 (1987) of 22 December 1987, 607 (1988) of 5 January 1988 and
 608 (1988) of 14 January 1988,
      Recognizing the need for increased support and aid for, and solidarity
 with the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation,
      Conscious of the urgent need to resolve the underlying problem through a
 comprehensive, just and lasting settlement, including a solution to the
 Palestinian problem in all its aspects,
      1.   Condemns Israel's persistent policies and practices violating the
 human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian
 territories, including Jerusalem, and, in particular, such acts as the opening
 of fire by the Israeli army and settlers that result in the killing and
 wounding of defenceless Palestinian civilians, the beating and breaking of
 bones, the deportation of Palestinian civilians, the imposition of restrictive
 economic measures, the demolition of houses, collective punishment and
 detentions, as well as denial of access to the media;
      2.   Strongly deplores the continuing disregard by Israel, the occupying
 Power, of the relevant decisions of the Security Council;
      3.   Reaffirms that the occupation by Israel of the Palestinian
 territories since 1967, including Jerusalem, in no way changes the legal
 status of those territories;
      4.   Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, abide immediately and
 scrupulously by the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of
 Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and desist forthwith from
 its policies and practices that are in violation of the provisions of the
      5.   Calls upon all the High Contracting Parties to the Convention to
 take appropriate measures to ensure respect by Israel, the occupying Power,
 for the Convention in all circumstances in conformity with their obligation
 under article 1 thereof;
      6.   Invites Member States, the organizations of the United Nations
 system, governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations,
 and the mass communications media to continue and enhance their support for
 the Palestinian people;
      7.   Urges the Security Council to consider the current situation in the
 occupied Palestinian territories, taking into account the recommendations
 contained in the report of the Secretary-General;
      8.   Also requests the Secretary-General to examine the present situation
 in the occupied Palestinian territories by all means available to him and to
 submit periodic reports thereon, the first such report no later than
 17 November 1988.
      *Reissued for technical reasons