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From: Ismail Zayid <izayid@eastlink.ca>
Subject: Fw: JNF Function invitation.
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----- Original Message -----

From: Ismail Zayid

To: pdavenport@uwo.ca

Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 9:14 PM

Subject: JNF Function invitation.


Jan. 21, 2008


President P. Davenport.

University of Western Ontario.

London, Ontario.


Dear President Davenport:


I hear with concern the news of your invitation to attend the dinner related to the JNF of Canada. I am certain you are not aware of the illegal and racist activities that the JNF conducts in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, using our tax-payers dollars. I wish to point out to you one criminal activity, directly of personal relevance to me.


My own home, in my hometown the village of Beit Nuba, was demolished as my entire village was systematically dynamited and bulldozed, together with the two neighbouring villages of Imwas [the biblical town of Emmaus] and Yalu. These villages, in the West Bank, were occupied in the war of aggression that Israel carried out in June 1967. The villages were occupied on June 6, 1967, without a single shot being fired, and then systematically demolished on the direct orders of Yitzhak Rabin, the then chief of staff of the Israeli army, and their entire inhabitants of over ten thousand were expelled from their homes. In 1975, the JNF of Canada conducted a campaign of raising 15 million dollars from Canadian tax payers to create the infamy calleed Canada Park.


Using Canadian tax-deductible dollars in the creation of this infamy is a war crime, as correctly described by Uri Avnery, a prominent Israeli author and former Knesset member.  It is to our shame as Canadians that our authorities allow our country's name, Canada, to be associated with this crime, and for the JNF to continue to be accepted as a registered charity, using our tax dollars to maintain this infamy as well as other illegal and racist activities.


It is my hope that you will not allow your good name to be associated with this group and we hope that you will reject this invitation.


Yours sincerely,



Ismail Zayid, MD.

Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University [retd.]