Israel Protests Egyptian attack to UNSC 16 May 1948

UN Document S/746

Copied and retyped from
http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/DER/NL4/829/26/PDF/NL482926.pdf
on 18 September 2013

CABLEGRAM DATED 16 MAY 1948 ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL BY JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE

THE FOLLOWING TELEGRAM HAS TODAY BEEN TRANSMITTED TO PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL, AND IT WILL BE APPRECIATED IF A COPY OF THIS TELEGRAM COULD BE CIRCULATED IMMEDIATELY TO MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL.

I HAVE THE HONOR TO SUBMIT FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE TEXT OF A TELEGRAM RECEIVED BY THE JEWISH AGENCY OFFICE IN NEW YORK FROM THE FOREIGN SECRETARY OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL DATED TEL AVIV, MAY 15TH, 9: 20 P.M. PLEASE CALL IMMEDIATELY TO URGENT ATTENTION OF SECURITY COUNCIL FOLLOWING FACTS:

FIRST: SEVERAL EGYPTIAN PLANES BOMBED TEL AVIV IN REPEATED WAVES EARLY THIS MORNING AND AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON CAUSING DEATHS AND DESTRUCTION.

SECOND: OUR ANTI-AIRCRAFT DEFENCES, WHICH WENT INTO ACTION IMMEDIATELY, SHOT DOWN ONE PLANE WHOSE PILOT WAS UNHURT AND TAKEN PRISONER. AIRCRAFT IS OF SPITFIRE MAKE WITH MARK
ROMAN FIVE B AND CARRIES THE MARKING OF THE ROYAL EGYPTIAN
AIRFORCE. PILOTS NAME IS FLIGHT LIEUTENANT MAEMUD BARAKA
OF EGYPTIAN FIGHTER SQUADRON NUMBER TWO. ACCORDING TO HIS
DEPOSITION THE COMMANDER OF THE SAID SQUADRON PARTICIPATED
IN THE RAID.

THIRD: AIRCRAFT BEARING EGYPTIAN MARKINGS ALSO RAIDED SETTLEMENT NIRIM IN NEGEV CAUSING DEATH AND DESTRUCTION.

FOURTH: CAIRO RADIO ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT EGYPTIAN AIRFORCE RAIDED TEL AVIV.

FIFTH: MECHANIZED COLUMN EGYPTIAN ARMY TODAY SHELLED SETTLEMENT NIRIM IN NEGEV.

SIXTH: LARGE CONCENTRATIONS OF EGYPTIAN REGULAR FORCES REPORTED FROM GAZA AND MOVEMENTS EGYPTIAN MECHANIZED COLUMNS OBSERVED IN OTHER PARTS OF SOUTHERN PALESTINE. URGE IMMEDIATE ACTION BY SECURITY COUNCIL TO CHECK AND PREVENT THIS OPEN AGGRESSION BY A MEMBER OF THE UNITED NATIONS, CARRIED ON BY ITS REGULAR FORCES.

(SIGNED) MOSHE SHERTOK

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  • Nick

    I don’t see how Israel thinks it has a case against nations carrying out actions presumably covered by UNSC Resolution 42:

    “Appeals to all Governments and peoples, particularly in and around Palestine, to take all possible action to prevent or reduce such disorders as are now occurring in Palestine.” UNSC 42 5th Mar 1948. Eight votes to nil http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_42

    One is also bound to wonder whether this allegation of bombings is genuine or an attempt to curry sympathy from very distant populations who may have recently suffered the same things themselves.