From: Ismail Zayid

To: Halifax Herald

Cc: Dauphinee, Bev ; Laurent Le Pierres ; Bob Howse

Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 9:31 AM

Subject: Hypocrisy and double standards.


April 21, 2006


The Editor,

The Halifax Herald.


Dear Editor:


Your editorial:{"The path of carnage" April 20}, displays the height of hypocrisy and double standards. The Tel Aviv suicide bombing, April 18, is abhorent and tragic, but so is the murder of scores of Palestinian men women and children, committed by the Israeli forces, in the few preceeding weeks, and yet we do not recall any editorials of yours condemning these war crimes, which have been condemned by all international and Israeli human rights bodies. We see no mention of the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories that has been allowed to stand for 39 years in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council reolutions, and the illegal practices throughout this occupation, in violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Genevan Convention. 


Our politicians and media keep calling on the new Palestinian Government to recognise the state of Israel. Which state of Israel are you asking the new Palestinian government to recognise? The state of Israel, since its inception, has refused to define it borders. Israeli first prime minister, David Ben Gurion stated clearly Israel's expansionist programme. In 1954, after Israel had already occupied half of the state assigned for the Palestinians, in UN Resolution # 181, thus taking contol of 78% of historic Palestine, he stated: " To maintain the status quo will not do. We have set up a dynamic state bent upon axpansion" [Rebirth and destiny of Israel, The Philosophical Press, New York, 1954, p.419]. This expansionist programme proceeded to commit wars of aggression in 1956, 1967, 1978, 1982, against Egypt, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon, and continues to this day in the statements by Israel latest and current prime minister, Ehud Olmert, who stated only few days ago, that he plans new borders for Israel annexing the colonies built on illegally occupied territories in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, as planned in the Sharon Apartheid Wall, which has been condemned, by the International Court of Justice, as illegal and must be dismantled. Hamas is called upon to stop its acts of violence. In fact, it has has declared a ceasefire since February last year and adhered to it. Yet the state of Israel continues its bombing and murder of palestinians undeterred.


It is time that this hypocrisy is brought to an end and our media and politicians should be calling on Israel to comply with international law and UN resolutions and terminate completely its illegal occupation of Palestinian and Syrian land, so that peace and security can be assured for Israelis and Palestinians, in this tortured Holy Land.




Ismail Zayid, MD


P.S. For mere interest[not for publication], you may like to review the catologue of murder and crimes committed by Israel during the few weeks prior to the Tel Aviv bombing


----- Original Message -----

From: Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign


Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 7:22 AM

Subject: Israeli crimes blanked out in UK, but...


Scotland, Thursday, April 18th, 2006
The Tel Aviv bombing on Mondayreceived intensive, extensive, and poignant BBC coverage, including pictures of pieces of human flesh shredded by the force of the explosion. Below is a partial list from occupied Palestne of shellings, killings, robberies, savage beatings, attacks on schools and infrastructure, home demolitions, kidnappings, the use of sewage as a weapon, and more. Virtually all of these Israeli government, military and settler crimes went unreported. BBC viewers were told that
Israel would 'retaliate' for the Tel Aviv bombing: we are seeing more of the collective reprisals, themselves war crimes, that Palestinians are used to. The Islamic Jihad bomber was not shown as 'retaliating' for any of the thousands of shells Israel has fired into Gaza in recent days; killing children. Viewers are left with the impression of a motiveless, irrational violence, probably caused by hatred of Jews.
Is killing people with high explosives a crime only when the perpetrator doesn't survive? If they go home for a cup of tea afterward and watch TV with their own children, does that make child-murder any less of a crime? Tony Blair and the BBC certainly think so.

The miracle is that so many see through the dishonesty of the BBC and other major British media. 
Please join the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and campaign against crime and murder.
British arms sales to ISrael doubled in the past year

24 hours to 8am April 19, 2006

Tear-gas grenades fired at schoolchildren
Suicide bomber’s parents’ house to be destroyed

Israeli troops hold mothers of Occupation resisters
Israeli troops beat up & hospitalise man at work on his land
Israeli soldiers desecrate mosque
3 children injured during Israeli incursions
Journalist beaten up & hospitalised by Occupation troops
322 shells hit northern Gaza in 24-hour day & night blitz
Israeli shelling wounds child & 2 adults

24 hours to 8am April 18, 2000
Boy aged 14 killed in Israeli shelling
1 air raid – 18 attacks – 36 raids – 26 wounded

Schoolboy injured & school principal beaten up
Village school & homes occupied by Israeli Army
Many homes invaded & 10 occupied by Israeli military
Jenin – 10 children & 10 adults wounded in Israeli incursion
Settlers beat up shepherd & steal 20 sheep
Refugee girl (6) & another child wounded in Israeli raid
Man beaten up & hospitalised during Israeli incursion

24 hours to 8am April 17, 2006
9 killed in Tel Aviv bombing*
Israeli army invdes Gaza. Nablus, Jenin, Qalqilya
Israeli aircraft fires missile at Gaza 
Continued military operations conducted by Israel in the northern Gaza Strip - many casualties
Palestinian child killed and two injured by artillery shell near a playground in Beit Lahia.  
Artillery shells fired at Sheikh Zayed town,
Gaza, near a playground. MamdouhObaid, died on the way to the hospital.
Wounded, :Mohammed Abu Tabaq, 14, and ‘Ammar al-Kas, 15.

anks shelled the northern Gaza Strip for the past several days.  Hundreds of shells have hit Palestinian homes and civilian and security facilities,  According to Israeli sources, 200-300 shells are fired daily at the Gaza Strip.  Three Palestinian civilians, including two children, have been killed and 47 other civilians, including 17 children, wounded by the  Israeli shelling in the past 8 days.  Considerable damage has also been caused to houses, farms, buildings and infrastructure.

PCHR  (Palestine Commission for Human Rights) is increasingly concerned over the continued killing of Palestinian civilians, especially children, by  the Israeli Military .Since the beginning of 2006, IOF have killed 15 Palestinian children ( 8 in the
West Bank and 7 in the Gaza Strip).  Thus, the number of Palestinian children killed by IOF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of the current Intifada in September 2000, has increased to 666.

24 hours to 8am April 17, 2006
9 Wounded in Israeli Incursion into Jenin
Checkpoint Pedestrians Shot at & Attacked with Tear-gas Grenades
Jewellery Taken by Israeli Soldiers in Home Invasion
139 Shells Hit Northern Gaza
Shelling Knocks Out Power Grid
2 Curfews
Jerusalem Resident Beaten & Hospitalised
Settlers Stone Vehicles

24 hours to 8am April 16, 2006
Palestinian Dies from Air Raid Wounds
Villagers’ Homes Under Israeli Fire

Israeli Soldiers Beat & Injure Shepherd
Boy (14) Wounded During Israelis Incursion
Man Critically Injured as Israelis Fire on Vehicle
Mentally Handicapped Man Taken Prisoner
Boy (15) Wounded as Israelis Shoot at Civilians
Settlers Beat Up Father & Daughter & Destroy Vineyard 

48 hours to 8am April 15, 2006
Boy (15) Wounded by Occupation Gunfire
Settlers Assault & Expel International Journalists
No Sleep as F16s Menace Night Skies
6 Attacks
2 Houses Occupied – Many Invaded

23 Raids
Man Wounded as Israelis Open Fire in Jerusalem
Boy (15) Taken Prisoner in Home Invasion
Settler Bikers Close Main Road
Troops Beat Up Petrol Station Attendant
Resident Wounded During Israeli Incursion
250 Shells in 23-hour Night & Day Bombardment of Northern Gaza
Israeli Navy Shelling Wounds Two Civilians

24 hours to 8am April 13, 2006
2 Palestinian Deaths
School Attacked with Stun-Grenades & Tear-Gas
Checkpoint Beating – Man Hospitalised with Internal Bleeding
Boy (17) Deliberately Run Over by Israeli Army Jeep
Israel Orders Gross Desecration of  Ibrahimi Mosque

1 Air Raid – 22 Raids – 10 Attacks

24 hours to 8am April 12, 2006
Occupation claims another child’s life
Checkpoint troops beat & hospitalise mentally handicapped man
3 Palestinians hospitalised in yet another checkpoint beating
Mosque worshippers stripped & forced naked into the streets
Settlers close road – raid village – set fire to vehicle

Indiscriminate Israeli fire wounds woman aged 70
231 Israeli shells slam into Gaza
25 Taken Prisoner 

24 hours to 8am April 11, 2006
Shells Hit Houses 1 Death – Girl Aged 7

197 Shells Fired in Day & Night Bombardments
12 Wounded – Including Little Girl in Critical Condition
13 Attacks
27 Raids – 27 Prisoners Taken
67 Restrictions of Movement
Stolen Land to be Used for Racially Segregated Jewish Road
Israeli Shells Set Fire to Palestinian Crops
Israel Orders Destruction of 2 Palestinian Homes

24 hours to 8am April 10, 2006
3 Deaths Including Boy (17)
Israeli Special Forces Murder Palestinian National Security Officer
Taxi Driver Killed & 8 Wounded in Israeli Shelling
2 Adults & 3 Children Wounded in Day & Night Israeli Shelling
Palestinian Houses Damaged by Israeli Shells
Israeli Army Violence Helps Settlers Occupy Palestinian Home
Homes Vandalised as Israeli Troops Invade Houses
Settlers Seize More Palestinian Land

24 hours to 8am April 9, 2006
[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]
8 Dead (Total this Month: 18 Including 2 Children)
22 Wounded
2 Air Raids
23 Attacks
21 Raids
68 Restrictions of Movement
Man Hospitalised in Yet Another Checkpoint Beating
Families Forced From Their Homes
Occupation Troops Beat Up Shopkeeper – Vandalise Shop

Settlers Plant Olive Trees on Stolen Palestinian Land

48 hours to 8am April 8, 2006
1 Death - 3 Wounded in Same Attack
4 Air raids – 22 Attacks – 26 Raids

20 Taken Prisoner
Total Wounded – 16 {Including 2 Children}
Refugee Boy (17) Critically Wounded
318 Shells Fired Into Northern Gaza
Call to Prayer Still Silenced
61 Restrictions of Movement
Settler Gunmen Shoot Up Village
Israeli Soldiers Beat Up & Hospitalise Hebron Resident
4 Dead in Missile Strike 1 Child Aged 7 Among the Dead & 15 Wounded
20 Wounded in Total
2 Air Raids
19 Attacks
23 Raids
65 Restrictions of Movement
1 House Demolished

24 hours to 8am April 6, 2006
9 Wounded (6 of them Children) During Israeli Incursion
112 Shells Fired into Northern Gaza
Israel Silences Call to Prayer from Ibrahimi Mosque
Another Home Demolished
39 Taken Prisoner Including Palestinian Minister
18 Attacks
29 Raids
61 Restrictions of Movement

24 hours to 8am April 5, 2006
Israeli Shelling Kills Palestinian
152 Shells Fired on Northern Gaza
House Shelled – Baby (6 Months) & 3 Others Wounded

3 Air raids – 2 Wounded
16 Attacks
34 Raids – 2 Children Wounded

64 Restrictions of Movement
Man Suffers Fractures in Another Checkpoint Beating
Residents Beaten & Confined in 4-hour Home Invasion
Shelling Wounds Man & Damages Sewage Works

24 hours to 8am April 3, 2006
1 Death & 5 Wounded
10 Attacks
24 Raids
61 Restrictions of Movement
Homes Invaded – 7 Residents Tear-gassed

Settlement of Ariel Deliberately Pollutes Salfit Water Supply
Israeli Shelling Wounds Child (7) & Adult
139 Shells Fired from Israel into Northern Gaza

24 hours to 8am April 2, 2006
11 Attacks
17 Raids
66 Restrictions of Movement
Raiding Settlers Beat Up Man Aged 60
Family Home Occupied in 32-hour Ordeal
Stone-throwing Settlers Injure International Observer
Settlers Stone Schoolgirls & Houses
Over 133 Israeli Shells Hit Northern Gaza
Israeli Navy Shelling Cuts Power Near Beit Lahiya
Israelis Prevent Repair Work to Electricity Supply

24  hours to 8am April 1, 2006
4 Israeli Settlers & 1 Palestinian Killed in Suicide Bombing
7 Air raids
9 Attacks
13 Raids
7 Wounded Including a Child
7 Beatings – Boy (17) Hospitalised

Houses Damaged as Israeli Troops Break In
Settler Gunmen Steal Sheep
Settlers Beat Up 3 Villagers
69 Shells and 8 Missiles Fired Into Palestinian Territory
Missile Damages Children’s Playground
Missiles Destroy Sewerage & Overpass
1 Death – Buried Alive by Israeli Bulldozers

2 Air raids – Street & Another Children’s Playground Hit
15 Attacks
15 Raids
8-year-old Girl Injured in Israeli Home Invasion
Checkpoint Beating – Physically Handicapped Man Hospitalised
Checkpoint Beating – Woman’s Arm Broken

Checkpoint Troops Stone Palestinian Vehicles
Israelis Fire 94 Shells & 4 Missiles
72 Restrictions of Movement

 24 hours to 8am March 30, 2006
19 Attacks
28 Raids
Refugee Suffers Stroke in Terrifying Home Invasion Ordeal
Physically Handicapped Refugee Assaulted in Home Invasion
Boy (13) Beaten Up & Leg Broken as Israelis Raid His Home
Settler Gunmen Open Fire on Palestinian Ministry Vehicle
Settler Vehicle Runs Over & Injures Girl (12)
Two 14-year-old Shepherds Taken Prisoner

24 hours to 8am March 29, 2006
7 Attacks – 1 Person Wounded in Hebron

30 Raids – 2 Children Wounded
60 Restrictions of Movement
Jerusalem – Settlers Occupy Palestinian Man’s Home
Villager Beaten Up During Israeli Incursion
Settler Gunman Threatens Vehicles on Main Road
Israeli Soldiers in Jerusalem Beat Up & Hospitalise Palestinian Man
Israeli Settlers Beat Up Palestinian Farmers & Stone People’s Homes

24 hours to 8am March 28, 2006
12 Attacks – Resident Shot Dead in Home Invasion
26 Raids – 8-year-old Refugee Child Wounded

Man Beaten Up During Israeli Incursion
Refugees Beaten During Incursion into Refugee Camp
Palestinian Shepherds Under Fire from Green Line
Villagers Forced to Sign to Hebrew-Written Documents

24 hours to 8am March 27, 2006
1 Death
6 Air Raids
8 Attacks
28 Raids
Two Wounded in Missile Strike on School
Israel Closes Al Aqsa Mosque Compound
Israel Orders Destruction of Mosque & Kindergarten
Man Hospitalised in Yet Another Checkpoint Beating
Two Men Hospitalised After Savage Beating
Settler Gunmen Beat Family Members with Clubs & Rifle Butts

24 hours to 8am March 26, 2006
Boy (16) Shot Dead on Green Line
1 Air Raid
8 Attacks
19 Raids
Hundreds of Fruit Trees Destroyed for Segregated Jewish Road
Settlers Destroy Olive Trees
Settlers Invade & Trash Home – Beat Up Children & Father

Israeli Navy Fire Off Rafah City Beach

48 hours to 8am March 25, 2006
24 Attacks
39 Raids
13 Wounded
53 Restrictions of Movement
Home Invasion; Contents Trashed & Holy Qur’an Burnt
3 Palestinians Beaten Up
Resident Shot & Wounded During Israeli Incursion
Israeli Death Threats to Residents of Northern Gaza
Israeli Navy Fires on Beach at Rafah
House Partially Demolished in Israeli Incursion
Boy Critically Wounded by Abandoned Israeli Mortar
Israeli Violence Represses Protests – Many Beatings & Injuries

Child Shot & Wounded During Protest Meeting
Israeli Army Beats Up Boy Aged 14
Occupation Troops Rampage in Hebron
Settlers Destroy Palestinian Olive Trees

24 hours to 8am March 23, 2006
2 Dead
14 Attacks – 27 Raids

26 Taken Prisoner Including Wounded Child
2 Houses Demolished
3 Land Thefts
1 Curfew
60 Restrictions of Movement
Villager Savagely Beaten & Hospitalised
Palestinian Security Officer Hurt in Another Checkpoint Beating

24 hours to 8am March 22, 2006
Refugee Shot Dead in Israeli Incursion & Home Invasion
7 Attacks
27 Raids - 1 Wounded
36 Taken Prisoner
1 House Demolished
59 Restrictions of Movement
Israeli Navy Fires on Fishing Boats & Nearby Beach

24 hours to 8am March 21, 2006
10 Attacks – 7 Wounded – 19 Raids

20 Taken Prisoner – 16 Detained
3 Additional Annexation Wall Building Sites: Total 31
56 Restrictions of Movement
Many Terrifying Night Home Invasions in 9 Towns & Villages
Cruel Violation in Land Trapped by Israel’s Annexation Wall

24 hours to 8am March 20, 2006
Woman Beaten & Hospitalised in Checkpoint Beating
9 Attacks
1 Wounded in Shelling of Northern Gaza
28 Raids
22 Taken Prisoner
53 Restrictions of Movement
Cash Taken from Home During Home Invasion

24 hours to 8am March 19, 2006
 Correction to yesterday’s report: the little girl shot dead by Israeli troops was described as being twelve years of age. In fact Akbar Zayed was eight years old.

2 Air Raids
1 Attack
22 Raids
64 Additional Restrictions of Movement
Checkpoint Detainees Subjected to Prophet Mohammed Insults

48 hours to 8am March 18, 2006
9 Attacks – Israeli Troops Shoot & Wound 2 Children

3 Injuries
20 Raids
54 Additional Restrictions of Movement
Checkpoint Soldiers Shoot & Wound Taxi Driver
Two Residents Beaten During Home Invasions
12-year-old-Girl Dies in Enemy Assault on Yamun
14 Wounded
13 Attacks
24 Raids
52 Additional Restrictions of Movement
1 House Partially Demolished