Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 11:26 PM
Subject: Canada's Deafening Silence.
Canada Palestine Association
Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1
The Hon. Mr. John Manley
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
July 11, 2001
Dear Mr. Manley:
It is difficult to believe how Israel's continuing
brutal demolition of Palestinian homes in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip and
Jerusalem, remains unnoticed by our government. This deafening silence is
in clear contrast to our continuing claims that we are a nation which upholds
international law and cares for human rights internationally. Israel's
continuing extra-judicial murder 'assasination' of Palestinians, demolition of
their homes and the whole cascade of violation of the human rights of
Palestinians, under illegal occupation, are in clear violation of the Fourth
Geneva Convention, to which both Israel and Canada are signatories.
Need I remind you that the refugees, whose homes are again being demolished
are those who have already been uprooted from their homes 53 years ago and
remain to this day as refugees awaiting the international conscience, if it
exists, to apply pressure on Israel to allow them the right to return to their
homes, in compliance with repeated UN resolutions and the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
How long must Israel be allowed to remain above
international law and our government, amongst others, remain completely
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.