From: Ismail Zayid

To: Guardian Weekly

Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 5:57 PM

Subject: Myths galore.


Jan. 17, 2006


The Editor,

Guardian Weekly


Charles Krauthammer's diatribe, {" Ariel Sharon's demise....:A Calamity for Israel" Jan.13}, defies historic facts and credibility. The "Sharon genius", that he describes, is manifest in Sharon's longstanding history in blatant aggression, massacres of Palestinians [Qibya 1953, Sabra & Shatilla 1982,amongst others] and repeated war crimes.


Nowhere in Krauthammer's specious praise for Sharon's policies is there any mention of the illegality of the Jewish colonies [settlements], built on illegally expropriated Palestinian land in illegally occupied territory, in violation of international law, repeated Security Council resolutions, and the Fourth Geneva Convention, that he wants to annex. Krauthammer has high praise for Sharon's "separation fence [sic]". This apartheid wall has been condemned as illegal by the International Court of Justice and must be dismantled, as its main function is a land grab of Palestinian land and a mechanism for preventing the existence of a viable Palestinian state. The Gaza withdrawal has been correctly described by Sharon's chief adviser, Dov weissglas, as the formaldehyde formula to prevent any Palestinian state. The "extremely generous peace at Camp David" is the charade that deserves nothing but contempt.


The Palestinian people need no generosity from Israeli leaders who have systematically planned and effected their ethnic cleansing from their homeland, besides the continuing crimes committed against them in this illegal and brutal Israeli occupation, that has been allowed to stand for over 38 years in defiance of international law. The Palestinian people are calling on the international community to oblige Israel to comply with international law and UN resolutions. Only thus will there be peace for Israelis, Palestinians and the entire Middle East.





Ismail Zayid, MD.