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From: Ismail Zayid
Subject: Is that your concept of democracy?!
Ms. Elizabeth May,
Leader of the Green Party.
Dear Ms. May:
with astonishment and disbelief your
statement, quoted in The Canadian Jewish News,
This notion of Israeli democracy defies credibility.
The late Professor Israel Shahak,
a Holocaust survivor and Chairperson of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights,
sums it up accurately in his statement: " It is my considered
opinion that the state of
"I've been very
distressed in my visit to the
Israeli practices against the Palestinian people, under this illegal brutal occupation, include extra-judicial assasination, imprisonment of thousands without charge or trial, torture, daily humiliation, denial of health care and basic needs of humanity, demolition of thousand of homes and expropriation of property for the creation of illegal Jewish colonies on stolen Palestinian land, are all in violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and are accordingly deemed, by international law, as war crimes.
There is a great deal more to Israeli defiance of international law and the maintenance of this illegal occupation for over 41 years, in defiance of repeated Security Council resolutions, besides other manifestations of its racist practices against its own non-Jewish citizens that would take volumes to relate.
Thus, we find your statement about Israeli democracy unbelievable and contrary to what we were led to understood that the Green Party stands for true democracy and and human rights nationally and internationally. Have we been misled in this belief? We will welcome your answer.
Ismail Zayid, M.D.