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20 May 1999


The Editor,

The Globe and Mail.

Dear Editor:

Re: "Israel’s Election" {May 19,Letter}

It is heartening to see that someone,Scott Thurlow, does see through the propaganda and see Israel in its true colours,as an authentic apartheid state.

The myth about Israeli democracy was succinctly exposed by Maxim Ghilan, a well-known Israeli Journalist who wrote : " Israel is a Western-type deocracy for Jews only. Arabs,who are citizens of the State of Israel, are less fortunate. They are not given equal economic priviliges...They are prevented from access to public housing and loans, given only to ‘those who served in the IDF{Israeli army} and allied sevices’,bodies into which most Arabs are not admitted. Arabs in the territories conquered in 1967 have no rights whatsoever. Their children are shot,beaten up,jailed: their young men are assassinated. Foreign settlers jeer at them, provoke them, squat in their homes and on their lands. International law concerning the behaviour of conquerors in conquered land is openly flouted".

This is the real Israeli’democracy’, apartheid style.

Yours sincerely

Ismail Zayid,MD.