Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 9:27
Subject: Cheney should take clear message to
Canada Palestine Association
Halifax, N.S., B3J 2X1
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
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