From: Ismail Zayid
To: Graham.B@parl.gc.ca
Cc: Mr. Bill Graham
Sent: Monday, March 22, 2004 7:16 PM
Subject: Israeli State Terrorism.

Canada Palestine Association,
POBox 1085,
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.
 
Yours Sincerely,
 
Ismail Zayid,MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.