Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 5:46 PM
Subject: Devaluing Canada's values.
Canada Palestine Association.
Halifax, NS. B3J 2X1
Nov. 22, 2005
The Right Hon. Mr. Paul Martin, MP.
Dear Mr. Martin:
We find your statement, before the Annual General
Assembly of United Jewish Communities that "Israel's values are Canadian
values", stunning and totally unacceptable.
Israeli policies and practicies are in
complete violation of international law. Israel stands in defiance of
scores of UN and Security Council resolutions. Israeli practices in the
illegally occupied Palestinian and Syrian territories are in violation of
virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and
thus defined by international law as war crimes. Israeli racist
practices against its own Muslim and Christian citizens demonstrate clearly the
most blatant forms of racism and discrimination. Many of their towns and
villages, which have existed for centuries, are unrecognised
and thus denied all health and educational facilities. Many Muslim and
Christian citizens of Israel are labelled present absentees,
and thus their land is expropriated. Where, except in the Zionist
Lexicon, would you find such Orwellian definitions?! Israeli laws are based
on religious discrimination, where its non-Jewish citizens, Muslims and
Christians, are denied rights and privileges available to Jewish
Are these, in your opinion, our Canadian values? If
that is so, we are afraid you are devaluing our Canadian values. We, as
Canadian citizens, believe that our Canadian values are honourable and do not
deserve this offensive equation.
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine