From: Ismail Zayid
To: Bob Howse ; Beverley Dauphinee
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 9:27 AM
Subject: Cheney should take clear message to Mideast

Canada Palestine Association
P.O.Box, 1085
Halifax, N.S., B3J 2X1
Tel; 429.9100
Feb. 20,2002
 
The Editor,
The Halifax Herald.
 
 
 
                                                     Cheney should indeed take clear message to Mideast
 
 
Mr. Jon Goldgberg is quite right that  US Vice President Cheney should take a clear message to the Middle East. The message should be that international law and the UN Charter should be applicable to all nations, including Israel. Illegal occupation of neighbouring peoples' territories should not be allowed. Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, as well as Syrian territory in the Golan Heights, must not be allowed to stand for over 34 years, in defiance of repeated Security Council resolutions.
 
Mr. Cheney should emhasise to Israel that demolition of Palestinian homes, expropriation of their land, to create illegal Jewish settlements, daily humiliation of Palestinians, torture of prisoners, extra-judicial execution, collective punishment and other acts of violation of Palestinian human rights are all in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and it is the reponsibility of High Contracting Parties to the Convention are responsible to enforce this Convention.
 
Israel should be reminded that it receives over $5 billion in military and economic aid from the US which expects from Israel compliance with international law so that world peace and American interests in the area should be protected.
 
Mr. Cheney should inform Israel that complete and immediate withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories, which constitute only 22% of historic Palestine, must be implemented to allow the Palestinians to establish a viable state with full freedom in its borders, unlike the fragmented bantustans that Mr. Barak proposed.
 
As to the Palestinian refugees, who were systematically uprooted from their homes 54 years ago, in a process of ethnic cleansing, they should be allowed the choice to return to their homes or accept compensation as mandated by the UN General assembly resolution # 194 and the Universal Declaration of Human rights.
 
This is the message that Mr. Cheney should take to the Middle East , so as to ensure that all states in the area, including Israel, are allowed to have secure borders and live in peace with their neighbours.
 
 
Ismail Zayid,M.D.
President, Canada Palestine Association.