From: Ismail Zayid
To: Mr. Bill Graham
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2002 11:53 PM
Subject: Deafening Silence

Canada Palestine Association
POBox 1085
Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1
29 March 2002
The Hon. Mr. Bill Graham
Minister of Foreign affairs
Dear Mr. Graham:
Israeli flagrant aggression against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian authority is ongoing, demolishing the infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority and humiliating its leadership, and using its massive military power to kill innocent civilians with continiuing violation of Palestinian human rights. All this goes on and we hear nothing but a deafening silence from our Government.
We condemn the killing of all innocent civilians, be they Israeli or Palestinians. But the root cause of all this killing and strife is the continuing illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory that has been allowed to stand for 35 years in defiance of international law and Security Council resolutions. The Palestinian people are being subjected to an oppressive occupation, where they see their homes demolished, their land expropriated and they are subjected to daily humiliation. This occupation is blatant terrorism, and the Palestinian people are being deprived of any hope of attaining their basic human rights and their right to self determination.
The only way to bring this killing and suffering  to an end and to bring peace and security for both peoples is to obtain immediate complete and unconditional termination of this illegal occupation, in compliance with international law.
We call on our Government to practice what we claim to uphold as intrnataional legitimacy and call , together with the international community, on Israel to terminate forthwith its illegal occupation, and stop its use of brutal force in the subjugation of the Palestinian people, who are calling for justice. The recent peace proposal by the Arab countries  deserves the full support of all those who claim to care for upholding the UN Charter and international law, including Canada.
Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid, M.D.
President, Canada Palestine Association.