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Wealth of detail
Recently, I read one of
Mark Davids many letters to this newspaper in defence of
Your paper then printed a letter from Daphne Caldwell (June 7), criticizing Dr. Zayids letters. She said his opinions were biased, one-sided and emotional and, in consequence, could not be taken seriously. Unfortunately, she provides no evidence whatsoever to back up her allegations.
If I must choose between the two sides, I need only to look at the paucity of real information provided by Mr. David and Ms. Caldwell, and the wealth of detail provided by Dr. Zayid.
Thank goodness there are
educated and intelligent individuals such as Dr. Zayid
who attempt to bring facts and reason to such discussions. Without his input,
your readers would be subjected only to statements supporting the uncritical
belief in and acceptance of
----- Original Message -----
From: Ismail Zayid
To: Halifax Herald
Cc: Bev Dauphinee
Subject: Stating the facts.
Tel: 429 9100
Morris Givner [Letter June 6] and Daphne
In my letters, I have always affirmed that the killing of innocent civilians, be that by suicide bombers or Israeli B 52 bombers and Appache helicopters, as abhorent and criminal and must be condemned. It has been always my hope that we, Muslims, Christaians and Jews, will come to live together as equals in this Holy but tortured land.
Finally, if stating the facts is considered one-sided and biased, then welcome to more one-sided contributors.
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Re: Height of audacity" (May 30 letter). Over many years, Ismail Zayid has had many letters and opinion articles published in The Chronicle Herald in which he advocates for the Palestinians and makes aspersions about
On our planet Earth, a joint acceptance of reality is a requirement for civilized debate. On Dr. Zayids Internet home page, a map of
Morris Givner, PhD,
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Once again, I have read with annoyance a letter to the editor from Ismail Zayid (May 30). Mr. Zayids frequent letters are so obviously one-sided in their view that they become irrelevant.
He frequently rails about
the "atrocities" committed by the Israeli government, yet seems never
to have a negative thing to say about Hezbollah or Hamas.
He writes about violations by
Because Mr. Zayids opinions are so completely biased, it is really hard to take what he says seriously. It appears that he relies on emotion as the basis for his opinions.
Daphne Caldwell, Kentville
Voice of the People
Height of audacity
A. Mark David (May 24 letter) attacks Hezbollah and Hamas for the capture of three Israeli soldiers in military clashes, but makes no mention of over 10,000 Palestinians and Lebanese, men, women and children, kidnapped by
He describes the Israeli invasion of
Ismail Zayid, Halifax
Predicted precursor The
Last summer, when Israel finally responded militarily to Hamas and Hezbollahs incessant rocket attacks and the kidnapping of IDF soldiers, and fed by often wildly inaccurate reporting, the world seemed surprised that Israel would react so vigorously to such provocations. After the brief but violent war ended, many predicted it would be a precursor to further hostilities.
That prediction seems to be
coming to fruition. In the south, even as Hamas and Fatah fight a deadly internecine war for control of
It appears likely the volatile situation will soon again spiral out of control. How long can any sovereign nation sit by while its civilian population is subjected to continuous rocket attacks?
The Israeli response last
year was overwhelmingly restrained, especially in light of Hamas
and Hezbollahs "military" strategy to
use civilians and civilian infrastructure as shields and targets respectively,
in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions. All
If there is a next time, restrained reaction will not likely happen again. Rather than feign outrage or surprise, nations of the world (and the media) should consider how they would react under similar circumstances.