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From: Ismail Zayid <izayid@eastlink.ca>
Subject: Fw: Is that your concept of democracy?!
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----- Original Message -----

From: Ismail Zayid

To: leader@greenparty.ca

Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 3:09 PM

Subject: Is that your concept of democracy?!


Canada Palestine Association.

P.O.Box 1085,

Halifax, NS., B3J 2X1


Oct. 27, 2008.


Ms. Elizabeth May,

Leader of the Green Party.


Dear Ms. May:


We read with astonishment and disbelief your statement, quoted in The Canadian Jewish News, Oct. 2, 2008: “We need to recognize that Israel is the bulwark of democracy and healthy society  in the Middle East...."


This notion of Israeli democracy defies credibility. Israel practices blatant racism against The Palestinian people under occupation as well as it own Muslim and Chistian citizens. This is a fact clearly illustrated in Israeli laws and practices. The statements by these distinguished authorities illustrate that:


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 Israel is a racist state in the full meaning of this term. In this state, people are discriminated against, in the most permanent and legal way and in the most important areas of life, only because of their origin. This racist discrimination began in Zionism and is carried today mainly in cooperation with the institutions of the Zionist movement."{"The Racist Nature of Zionism and of the Zionist State of Israel", article published in Pi-Ha'aton, the weekly newspaper of the students of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Nov.5, 1975}.


"I've been very distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us blacks in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about..." [Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dec. 1989].


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.


Yours sincerely,


Ismail Zayid, M.D.

President, Canada Palestine Association.