Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 12:00 AM
Subject: The Bush/Sharon Charade.
Canada Palestine Association,
Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1
April 15, 2004
The Hon. Mr. Bill Graham,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dear Mr. Graham:
The statements by President Bush, allowing Israel to annex the
illegal settlements in the West Bank, is a blatant violation of international
law. The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza are under illegal
Israeli occupation that has been allowed to stand for 37 years, in
defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. These
settlements are illegal as defined by Security Council resolution # 465, 1980,
and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and constitute war crimes,
as defined by international law. No government, including the US government, is
entitled to grant Israel what it is not entitled to. Complete withdrawal from
these illegally-occupied territories should be an imperative, that requires no
negotiation, as was practised with the illegal occupation of Kuwait,
by Iraq, in 1990. The incredible justification of this annexation on the basis
of the so-called " new realities on the ground", is providing
a license for further invasion and annexation of other territory, based on
creating new facts on the ground.
Similarly, the Right of Return for the Palestinian
refugees to their homes is an inalienable right based on the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and the repeatedly reaffirmed UN
Resolution # 194. This is an individual right
and no authority has the right to dismiss it.
We, thus, call on our government to strongly condemn the
Bush/Sharon agreement, in recognition of our country's pride in upholding the
UN Charter and international law, and call for the complete
withdrawal of Israeli forces. Furthermore, on the basis of our
obligation under Article #1 of the Fourth Geneva
Convention, we call upon our government to call for action against
the continuing Israeli violation of virtually every article of the Fourth
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.