From: Ismail Zayid
To: The Halifax Herald
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 11:00 AM
Subject: " Future Peace."

The Editor,
The Halifax Herald
Dear Editor:
In your editorial { "Future Peace" Feb. 2}, you are blaming the victims, by using a litany of erroneous arguments.
Contrary to your statement, the Palestinian leadership have,repeatedly, accepted to recognise the state of Israel and live in peace with their neighbours, if Israel will withdraw completely from illegally occupied territory and dismantle all settlements, as it did in its Camp David agreement with Egypt in 1978. " The Israeli commuters who live under the constant threat of being blown up on a bus" are the squatters on illegally expropriated land .
You reproduce the Israeli propaganda speaking of " inciting violence and hatred" in Palestinian school textbooks. Independent observers have studied this claim and refuted this charge. Furthermore, you should look at the hatred and racism enunciated in Israel's Basic Laws and practiced in Israel, pronounced by Israeli politicians and religous leaders, and taught in Israeli schools.
If you are genuinely concerned about future peace in the Middle East, you, and our government, should be calling on Israel to withdraw completely and immediately from illegally occupied territory and act in compliance with international law and repeated Security Council resolutions that remain contravened for over 34 years.
Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid, M.D.