Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 10:07
Subject: What about international
Canada Palestine Association
Halifax, NS. B3J 2X1
The Hon. Mr. John Manley, MP.
May 14, 2001
Dear Mr. Manley:
In your statement, after meeting Mr. Ariel Sharon
yesterday, you refused to describe Israeli settlements, in the illegally
occupied territories, as illegal. Articles 47 and 49 of The Fourth
Geneva Convention catgorically prohibit the expropriation of occupied
territory and the transfer of the civilian citizens of the occupying power to
the occupied territory. Security Council resolutions state
categorically that these settlements are illegal. Do we now understand that you
are now re-writing international law?
You state: " I do not see how an Israeli
government could sustain a unilateral cessation of the hostilities without
something reciprocal." The largely stone-throwing hostilities, that are
mostly carried out by Palestinian Youth and children, are a direct response to
the oppressive and brutalising illegal occupation that they are subjected to. As
you well know, international law allows all peoples, including even
the Palestinian people, the right to resist foreign occupation of their
land. That is not to mention the brutal aggressive response that Israel
engenders by demolishing their homes and practicing extra-judicial murder using
rockets and missiles, all in violation of international law.
If the Israeli government genuinely wants
"cessation of the hostilities", the answer is simple. All that is
required is complete withdrawal from all the illegally occupied
territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, in
compliance with iternational law and repeated
Security Council resolutions. This illegal occupation has been
allowed to stand for 34 years. It is the responsibility of all nations that
claim to uphold the UN Charter, including Canada, to enforce these outstanding
UN and Security Council resolutions.
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine