From: Ismail Zayid
To: The Hon. Ms. Alexa McDonough ; Alexa McDonough
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2004 11:25 PM
Subject: Fw: Open letter to Jack Layton on NDP/Middle East

Dear Ms. Alexa McDonough, MP.
I wish to thank you for your message addressed to our group, Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace [CAJJP], expressing your support for our Wall Project, on October 2, 2004, in our protest against the erection of this abhorent apartheid wall, which stands in defiance of international law, the UN General Assembly and the ruling of the International Court of Justice [ICJ], and in the continuing violation of the human rights of Palestinians and in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. These acts constitue war crimes, as defined by international law.
With this in mind, we are astonished to see the deafening silence of the NDP party on the stand of our government on the ICJ ruling and the voting at the UN, a concern that is expressed in the letter, below, to Mr. Layton, as well as the implied support for Israeli policies as expressed in the visit of some NDP members of parliament and other party officials to Israel, sposored by Canada Israel Committee etc.
We applaud your stand as expressed in your message to the CAJJP, and express our concern as to the apparent lack of  a similar stand in the official party policy, in regards to the oppressive and illegal practices committed by Israel in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories, an illegal occupation that has been allowed to stand for 37 years, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions.
As a supporter of the NDP party, I hope that the party will stand firmly in supporting  international legitimacy and international law and the legitimate cause of the Palestinian people, and standing firmly against Israeli violations of international law.
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.