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From: Ismail Zayid <izayid@eastlink.ca>
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----- Original Message -----

From: Ismail Zayid

To: Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca

Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 8:20 PM

Subject: Plea for human rights.


Canada Palestine Association,

P.O.Box, 1085,

Halifax, NS. B3J 2X1


Dec. 10, 2008


The Right Honourable Mr. Michael Ignatieff, MP.

Leader of the Liberal Party,

House of Commons,



Dear Mr. Ignatieff:


We wish to congratulate you on your election to the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, a role, we trust, will carry with it a committment to uphold and promote liberal values as we understand them in Canada and universally. That this took place today, on the 60th. anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we trust, will carry with it a special resolve to defend and stand courageously with the human rights of people, throughout the world, whose human rights are being violated.


We wish to draw your attention, in particular, to the brutal and inhuman blockade that is being imposed, by the Israeli government, on the defenceless 1.5 million men, women and children in Gaza, who are being denied food, water, fuel, electric power, medicines and all elements of basic humanitarian needs. These actions are in violation of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and are tantamount to war crimes as determined by international law. These Israeli policies have been condemned by all international human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Israeli human rights organisations, including B'Tselem and Association for Civil Rights in Israel [ACRI].


We plead with you to take the necessary political action to bring to an end these genocidal practices against innocent people and to call clearly for the termination of the brutal illegal Israeli occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, an occupation that has been allowed to stand for more than 40 years, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions.


We look forward to hearing your response to this plea for action against this humanitarian crisis, that is calling for immediate action.


Yours sincerely,


Ismail Zayid, MD.

President, Canada Palestine Association.