From: Ismail Zayid

To: Globe & Mail

Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 8:15 AM

Subject: Israeli defiance of international law.


Aug. 9, 2007


The Editor,

The Globe & Mail.


Dear Editor:


Barry Rubin, in his article {"Mideast peace efforts are just window dressing" Aug. 9}, is completely evading the facts on the ground. He blames the peace failure on Palestinian intransigence and disorganization. Not a word is stated about the Israeli illegal occupation of Palestinian land, that has been allowed to stand for 40 years, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. All what Palestinian are asking for is Israeli compliance with international law and the UN Charter by terminating completely this illegal occupation.The disorganization that he speaks of, between Fatah and Hamas, is only few months old. Yet the Israeli occupation and intransigence continue.


He speaks repeatedly of Palestinian terrorism but there is no mention of Israeli state terrorism, including the extra-judicial assassination, bombing of towns and refugee camps,killing thousands, demolition of thousands of homes and expropriation of territory for the creation of illegal settlements. All these acts are in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and are declared, by international law, as war crimes.


The question that remains is Israel above international law?




Ismail Zayid