|Voice of the people
Selective reading Dear Editor:
Fran Morrison ("One-sided, indeed," Dec. 30), like all Israel's
apologists, has selective reading of history, and of my own writing.
I have repeatedly condemned the killing of innocent civilians, be
they Israeli or Palestinians.
As to the acceptance of Israel's existence by the Arab states and
the Palestinians, this was done many years ago.
The Arab Summit Conference at Fez, Morocco, issued the "Fez
Declaration," on Sept. 9, 1982, in which the UN Security Council
resolution 242 was accepted, recognizing Israel's existence in 78
per cent of historic Palestine and which called for Israeli
withdrawal from the territories illegally occupied by Israel in
This illegal oppressive occupation still continues 34 years
later, in defiance of international law.
Furthermore, Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization, at
the Algiers Conference in 1988, and in the Oslo agreement in 1993,
have stated formally their full recognition of the state of Israel
within the pre-1967 borders.
It is time for Israel to comply with international law and for
its apologists to read history correctly and without this blind
Ismail Zayid, M.D., Halifax