From: Ismail Zayid [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2009 12:06 PM
Subject: FW: Stating the facts.
Jan. 17, 2009.
The Halifax Herald.
David and Dov Bercovici
[Letters, Jan. 17] attack Miles Tompkins [letter Jan. 14] for stating the
facts. Mr. Mark David is critical of Miles Tompkins for listing Israeli
practices in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories, and he, Mark David,
describes them as "alleged Israeli crimes." These practices include
extra-judicial assassination, detention of thousands without charge or trial,
torture, denial of medical care, demolition of thousands of homes, expropriation
of property for the creation of illegal settlements. These acts are in
violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and are
defined by international law as war crimes.
Tompkins criticism of Paul Schneidereit's staetements, [Jan. 6], is accurate. Schneidereit's
statements are false. He states: "In 2005. Israel
pulled completely out of Gaza:" This pull-out left Gaza completely closed- in and denied
all access to the ouside world and simply transformed
to an open prison. As to the breach of ceasefire between Hamas
and Israel and the firing of rockets by Hamas, it was Israel which first broke the truce, on Nov.
4, 2008. as reported by UN and international observers as well as
Israeli Peace Group, Gush Shalom, which confirmed, in its report on Dec. 27,
stating: "It was the
State of Israel which broke the truce, in the 'ticking tunnel'
raid on the night of the US elections two months ago. Since then the army went
on stoking the fires of escalation with calculated raids and killings, whenever
the shooting of missiles on Israel decreased."
It is time that Israel's apologists must come to
understand that peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians will be
assured only when Israel is made to comply with
international law and the principles of justice and treat the palestinians as human beings.
Ismail Zayid, MD.