From: Ismail Zayid
To: Globe & Mail
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2001 6:17 PM
Subject: The roots of the intifada

Canada Palestine Association
POBox 1085
Halifax, NS. B3J 2X1
Tel:902 429 9100
The Editor,
The Globe & Mail
Toronto, ON.
March 15, 2001
Dear Editor:
It is bewildering how much illogic, contradictions and diatribe  Mr. Marcus Gee can assemble in one column :{The roots of the Intifada" March 15}
Every person with a modicum of humanity and sincerity has come to understand that this Intifada and the previous intifada, and many recurrent acts of violence by the Palestinians, are a simple human reaction to oppression, humiliation, and de-humanisation, to which the Palestinians have been subjected for nearly 34 years. Mr. Gee questions the severity of this oppressive occupation. Thousands of Palestinians have been imprisoned without charge or trial, systematically tortured and scores died under torture. Their land is continuously expropriated and thousands of their homes are demolished, and they are murdered casually. Unlike Mr. Gee, international and other human rights organisations corroborate this most oppressive occupation, including Amnesty International, The International Commission of Jurists, and Israel's B'Tselem Human Rights Group, and the Israeli League for Civil and Human Rights. Professor Israel Shahak, a Holocaust survivor and Chairman of the Israeli League for Civil and Human Rights, described this occupation in these words: " The Israeli occupation regime in the conquered territories is not only not a liberal one [as someone described it], it is one of the most cruel and repressive regimes in modern times".
However, it is time that Messrs Gee and Robin remember that it is a legitimate right for all people to resist foreign occupation, even if they are Palestinians. It is also the humane responsibility of others to support people against illegal occupation. We all stood in support of the French and others who resisted foreign Nazi occupation. This Israeli illegal occupation have been allowed to stand all this time,in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. It must be brought to an end, if there is to be peace and security for Arabs and Jews in the Middle East.
Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.