From: Ismail Zayid
To: Guardian Weekly
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2001 4:50 PM
Subject: Remember Palestine?
Oct. 19, 2001
The Editor
The Guardian Weekly
Dear Editor:
This sudden interest, by Messrs. Blair and Bush, in resolving the Palestine/Israel conflict is interesting and rather belated. Their call for renewed negotiations about the creation of a "viable Palestinian state" is a manifest support for Israel's stand. Are they aware that Israel is in illegal occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, and in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions? This illegal occupation, together with the illegal settlements, have been allowed to stand, through their complicity, for over 34 years. Why should negotiation be required and  the approval of the aggressor be necessary? Do the the US and British governments remember the illegal Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990? I do not recall that any negotiation with Saddam was required or acceptable, and no questions about return of 95% [sic.] of occupied territory was raised or contemplated. We were told that Security Council resolutions must be implemented forthwith, and nearly a million troops were dispatched to effect that. We are still told that, despite full Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait has been effected, sanctions against Iraq continue because Iraq is not in full compliance with one Security Council resolution, and thousands of Iraqi children are allowed to die every month of disease and starvation. Israel remains in defiance of many Security Council resolutions but no call for action from Messrs Blair and Bush appears forthcoming
How long must Israel be allowed to remember international law?
Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid, MD