Sent: Monday, March 22, 2004 7:16 PM
Subject: Israeli State Terrorism.
Canada Palestine Association,
Halifax, N.S. B3J 2X1
March 22, 2004
The Hon. Mr. Bill Graham,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dear Mr. Graham:
Your statement today, in condemnation of the
Israeli assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, is a perfect example of
double talk. You condemn the assassination but label Sheikh Yassin as a
terrorist, being the leader of a terrorist organisation, in your own words, and
thus in essence finding excuses for the assassination. It might be of interest
to remind you that the blind quadriplegic Sheikh Yassin was released from
Israeli gaol,in 1997, in return for the release, by Jordan, of Israel's
secret Mossad agents, sent for the assassination of Khalid Meshal in Amman,
using internationally banned chemical weapons of mass destruction,
by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
You speak of Israeli right of self defence, but make no mention of
Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian land, that has been allowed to stand
for 37 years, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council
resolutions. If Israel cared for the security of its citizens, it should
terminate its illegal occupation of Palestinian and Syrian land, which is the
crux of the violence.
You are always forthcoming in your condemnation of Palestinian acts
of terrorism against Israelis, but Israel's continuing acts of state terrorism
appear to escape your attention. For 37 years, Israel has been maintaining the
most oppressive occupation against Palestinians, including extra-judicial
murder, detention of thousands without charge or trial, torture, daily
humiliation, demolition of thousands of homes and expropriation of land for the
creation of illegal Jewish settlements. All these acts are in violation of the
Fourth Geneva Convention, to which both Israel and Canada are
signatory. These violations are defined by international law as war crimes.
We call on our government to practice what it preaches and
call clearly for the immediate and unconditional complete termination
of this illegal Israeli occupation and these Israeli criminal practices.
President, Canada Palestine Association.