From: Ismail Zayid
Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2006 10:26 PM
Subject: The Liberal Party and Israel.
Canada Palestine Association,
Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1
Aug. 27, 2006
The Honouarable Mr. Bill Graham,
Inerim Leader of the Liberal Party.
astonished to read your reported statement, at the recent Liberal Caucus, in
relation to Israel and the recent attacks on Gaza and Lebanon. We are told, that you state: " We are totally united in our support for the state of
Israel as a democratically elected state in an area faced
with challenges to it by Hezbollah and Hamas, which
we ourselves listed as terrorist groups."
democracy that you ascribe to Israel is a charade best described by the
noted Israeli author and journalist, Maxim
Ghilan, who stated; " Israel is a democrcy
for Jews only, like [Apartheid] South Africa is a democracy for Whites only."
The state of Israel practices blatant
legislated racism and discrimination against its own Muslim and Christian
citizens. These practices have been
condemned by all international human rights bodies, including Amnesty
International and Human Rights Watch, and Israeli human rights groups such as BTselem.
The catalogue of these practices is lengthy,
but the late Professor Israel Shahak,
a Holocaust survivor and chairman of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights, summed it up accurately in his statement:
"It is my considered opinion that the state of Israel is a racist state in the full meaning of this term.
In this state, people are discriminated against, in the most permanent and
legal way and in the most important areas of life, only because of their
origin. This racist discrimination began in Zionism and is carried today mainly
in co-operation with the institutions of the Zionist movement." (Quote taken from The Racist Nature of Zionism and of
the Zionist State of Israel, an article published in Pi-Haaton,
the weekly newspaper of the students of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem,
Nov. 5, 1975.)
Derek Tozer, an Israeli thinker, stated: "The
official policy of the government (of Israel) is unequivocal. Arabs, like the Jews in Nazi
Germany, are officially class B citizens, a fact which is recorded
on their identity cards."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, during a Christmas visit to Jerusalem in 1989, stated: "I am a black South
African and if I were to change names, a description of what is happening in
the Gaza Strip and the West Bank could describe events in South Africa."
The predicament of Israels
roughly 1.2 million Arab citizens is evident, as the 2003 Israeli State
Committee of Inquiry made clear: "They suffer systemic
discrimination in employment, housing and education, and lack of equal access
to state resources."
Israels new Citizenship Law, passed recently
by a wide margin in the Knesset, denies any Arab Israeli citizen the right
to reside in Israel with his/her spouse if they marry a Palestinian.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the law as racist,
and Israel-based BTselem Human rights group,
claims that it contravenes the Israeli Basic Law.
It is clear that Israeli practices and laws
stand in violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva
Article 1 of the Convention calls on all High
Contracting parties, including Canada, to take action against any state that violates any
article of the Convention. Yet you are now telling us that the Canadian Liberal
party stands today in total support for Israel.
Your statement refers to Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist groups. These groups are waging
resistance against illegal Israeli foreign occupation of their land that
has been allowed to stand for 39 years, in defiance of international law and
repeated Security Council resolutions. International law entitles all peoples,
including even the Palestinian and leanese
peoples, under foreign occupation the right to resist foreign occupation.
As to terrorism, it was Israel and the Zionist groups, that preceeded
its creation, that created terrorism in the Middle East against the Arabs, the British, Europeans and even Jews. Israeli
catalogue of terrorism is lengthy, and I will send you, separately, a
brief copy of it. However, the testimony by the Late Professor Israel Shahak illustrates this accurately: "There
is nothing new in the fact that Israel is a terrorist state, which, almost from its
inception, has used its intelligence service (the Mossad)
to assassinate people on foreign soil with any violence or terror it considers
necessary for its ends."
I think it behooves our political leaders,
speaking for our country which prides itself on upholdng
the UN Charter and iternatioal law, to take note of
the historic facts and call on Israel to uphold the UN Charter and comply
with international law and UN resolutions, scores of which Israel continues to
defy for decades.
Ismail Zayid, MD
Canada Palestine Association.