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From: Ismail Zayid <izayid@eastlink.ca>
Subject: Fw: Al-Haq 94 page report re JNF's illegal "Canada Park"
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----- Original Message -----

From: Ismail Zayid

To: Alexa McDonough, MP ; McDonough.A@parl.gc.ca

Cc: Layton.J@parl.gc.ca ; Dion.S@parl.gc.ca ; Mackay.P@parl.gc.ca ; Savage, Michael ; Regan.G@parl.gc.ca

Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 3:06 PM

Subject: Fw: Al-Haq 94 page report re JNF's illegal "Canada Park"



April 3, 2008.


Ms. Alexa McDonough, MP.


Dear Ms. McDonough:


I am writing to you, as my MP, again about the failure of our government to put an end to the incredible state of affairs where the Jewish National Fund of Canada [JNF] continues to be allowed the charitable status, under which our tax dollars are being used to support the racist practices and war crimes the the JNF carries out or sustains in Israel and the illegally- Occupied Palestinian Territories [OPT]. In particular, I wish to refer to the infamy, called Canada Park, built and sustained by the JNF of Canada on the ruins of the three villages of Imwas [Emmaus], Yalu and Beit Nuba [my own hometown]. These three villages, in the West Bank, were systematically dynamited and bulldozed, in June 1967, by the Israeli army, on the direct orders of Yitzhak Rabin, the then chief of staff of the Israeli army. This act is clearly identified by the Fourth Geneva Convention and international law as a war crime, and thus making Canada complicit in this war crime. As well, former Israeli Knesset member, Uri Avnery, and other Israeli thinkers called this action a war crime and found it difficult to understand why Canada would allow its name to be used as a cover-up for such a war crime.


I personally brought to your office in Halifax, as my MP, a copy of the documentary: " Park with no Peace" prepared by the CBC Fifth Estate programme and broadcast in October 1991, confirming these facts. I asked you then, and again in correspondence to take appropriate political action to bring to an end this fraudulent stand where JNF of Canada is granted a charitable status, while participating in war crimes in the illegally-OPT.


Furthermore, I wish to draw your attention to the Report, referred to below, covering this very issue, by Al-Haq,  in collaboration with Zochrot,  human rights activists in Israel, which carefully discusses this war crime and its perpetrators, direct and complicit. I will also forward to you, separately, an article I wrote titled : " Canada Park: Canadian Complicity in a War Crime",  in the Sept./Oct. 2001 issue of OUTLOOK, published by Canadian Jewish Outlook Society, Vancouver.


It is my request to you and our honourable politicians to deal with this issue appropriately, in the service of our country and our citizens, who should not allow our tax dollars to be in the service of such a war crime.


Yours sincerely,


Ismail Zayid, MD.