From: "Ismail Zayid"
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 12:21 PM
Subject: Re: A-14740-01 IN REPLY TO YOUR E-MAIL OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2001
> Dear Mr. Manley:
> I am afraid your reply does not answer my concern.
> Israel continues to practice blatant racism against its own Arab citizens,
> as documented by international as well as Israeli human rights groups.
> It was our understanding that our country was opposed to racist practices
> and that the Durban conference was to identify racist practices and
> ALL perpetrators.
> Does the fact that the UN removed, under US pressure, its resolution
> equating Zionism with racism in 1991 mean that Israel has now, and
> a carte blanche to indulge in its racist practices?
> Yours sincerely
> Ismail Zayid, MD
> President, Canada Palestine Association
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> Subject: A-14740-01 IN REPLY TO YOUR E-MAIL OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2001
> > Dr. Ismail Zayid
> > President
> > Canada Palestine Association
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> > Dear Dr. Zayid:
> > Thank you for your e-mail of September 2, 2001, concerning the World
> > Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related
> > Intolerance (WCAR) held in Durban, South Africa, from August 31 to
> > 8, 2001. I regret the delay in replying.
> > The objectives of the WCAR were: to review all factors leading to
> > review progress in the fight against racism; increase awareness of the
> > problem; and recommend new and improved measures to combat racism.
> > had hoped that the WCAR would lead to a renewed global commitment and
> > plan against racism and racial discrimination.
> > Canada stayed at the Conference in an attempt to ensure that the
> > and Program of Action contained text worthy of global support, and to
> > out against the elements of text that were inappropriate and
> > At the closing of the WCAR, Canada believed it was necessary to issue a
> > strong statement of reservation on the Declaration and Program of
> > Our concerns centred on inappropriate references to the Middle East, the
> > failure to include the multiple forms and grounds for discrimination,
> > the issue of apology, reparations and compensation for slavery,
> > and the slave trade. The Canadian delegation registered its strongest
> > objections and dissociated itself integrally from all text in this
> > directly or indirectly relating to the situation in the Middle East. We
> > said, and will continue to say, that any language presented in any forum
> > that does not serve to advance a negotiated peace that will bring
> > dignity and respect to the people of the region is - and will be -
> > unacceptable to Canada. A copy of a news release issued in this regard,
> > which Canada's statement of reservation is attached, can be found on our
> > site at http:/www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca, News Releases and Statements.
> > However, these reservations should not overshadow the positive elements
> > the final documents, or the strong role Canada played in influencing
> > progressive strategies for indigenous peoples and in encouraging the
> > civil society, especially youth, in combatting racism, in particular
> > the Internet.
> > The issue of Zionism was excised from the United Nations' books in
> > It had no place in the work of the WCAR. Canada strongly maintained its
> > position that any attempt to equate Zionism with racism was
> > Canada remains committed to fighting discrimination in all of its forms,
> > will continue to channel its international efforts through the United
> > Nations until a global consensus is reached in which Canada could join.
> > Thank you again for writing.
> > Yours very truly,
> > John Manley