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Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 16:28:51 -0300
From: Ismail Zayid <izayid@eastlink.ca>
Subject: Letter to Michael Ignatieff responding to his message.
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----- Original Message -----

From: Ismail Zayid

To: Michael Ignatieff

Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 4:20 PM

Subject: Re: April Update


Dear Mr. Ignatieff.


For a lawyer who claims to stand for human rights, your speech, at the Holy Blossom Temple, displays complete disregard for international law and any concern for the human rights of the Palestinian people, who have been under a brutal illegal Israeli occupation for over 40 years in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. Israeli practices, throughout this illegal occupation, include extra-judicial execution, detention of thousands without charge or trial, torture, daily humiliation, denial of health care, demolition of thousands of homes and expropriation of property for the creation of illegal Jewish settlements. All these actions are in violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention and are identified by international law as war crimes, and they have been identified as such and condemned by all international human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Israeli human rights groups including B'Tselem.


 Your plea for forgiveness for stating that Israeli actions in Qana were a war crime, is totally out of place. Over a thousand Lebanese, overwhelmingly innocent civilians, were killed in that war that Israel waged in 2006 and destroyed the infrastructure of South Lebanon and demolished hundreds of homes and public structures. These actions are war crimes, as defined by international law, which you clearly pay no heed to.


The pride you claim in having shared values with Israel is your privilege, but is not deemed as such by many Israelis and Jews who have the courage and integrity to tell it as it is.


You speak of the role your father played in bringing about the partition scheme of 1947 to partition Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Yes, the Arabs rejected that scheme because it was utterly unjust and illegal. On the 29th. of Nov. 1947, when the UNGA resolution #181 was passed, Palestinian Jews numbered 31% of the population, mostly recent and illegal immigrants, and owned 5.6% of the land in Palestine. Yet that great resolution, that your father participated in constructing, gave to the Jewish state 56% of the land and to the Muslim and Christian Arab Palestinians who and their forefathers owned that land for thousands of years were apportioned 42% of the land and Jerusalem, as an independent international unit, 2% of the land. Is that the justice that you are proudly bringing out?


I think, Mr. Magnitieff, it is time that you and all Israel's apologists begin to pay heed to the UN Charter, international law and justice, so as to bring about a just peace with assured security for Jews, Muslims and Christians in that tortured land.


Yours sincerely,


Ismail Zayid, MD.