From: Ismail Zayid

To: Halifax Herald

Sent: Friday, January 26, 2007 1:34 PM

Subject: Israeli extremism is fine?



Jan. 26, 2007


The Editor,

The Halifax Herald.


Dear Editor:


In your editorial, {"MacKay's Foray" Jan. 26}, you display the one-sided unbalanced views that have become characteristic of the views expressed by our political leaders and media, in relation to the Palestine/ Israel conflict.


Regardless of the views and statements made by Mr. Zahar, which you easily castigate, there is not a single word about the oppressive Israeli illegal occupation of Palestinian land and its brutal practices, including extrajudicial assassination, holding thousands of prisoners without charge or trial, torture, daily humiliation, demolition of thousands of home and expropriation of property for the creation of illegal colonies [settlements]. All these actions are in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and are identified by international law as war crimes.


As to Mr MacKay's foray, he declined to meet with Mr. Zahar for his extremist views, but was happy to meet with Israeli deputy prime minister, Mr. Lieberman, whose policy calls for the completion of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from thir homeland, including even the Muslim and Christian citizens of the state of Israel.


 Is Israeli extremism, in the views of your editor, acceptable and its war crimes inconsequential? 


Yours sincerely,


Ismail Zayid, MD.