From: Ismail Zayid
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 8:54 PM
Subject: Re: Alexa
Dear Ms. McDonough:
Thank you for this timely statement in support of the human rights of the Palestinian people.
The stand taken by our government, together with US and European countries, displays the blatant bias and lack of humanity.
It is time
that the international community should call for
oppressive Israeli practices, during this occupation, are in violation of
virtually every article of the Fourth
Geneva Convention. It is relevant to point out that Article One, of the Fourth Geneva
Convention, calls on the High
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Subject: Alexa E-Bulletin:DESPERATE PALESTINIANS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DESPERATE PALESTINIANS NEED CANADAS HELP SAYS McDONOUGH
HALIFAX (NS) - NDP Foreign Affairs and International Development Critic Alexa McDonough (Halifax) today expressed deep disappointment that the federal Conservative government has not yet responded to the UNs recent $450 million emergency appeal for humanitarian aid for the Palestinians the largest ever for the Palestinians.
With two-thirds of
Palestinians in the
Exacerbating this already
desperate situation is the Palestinian National Authoritys
inability to pay its 160,000 employees, who support at least one million family
members, as a result of the international boycott and Israels
withholding of an estimated $500 million in tax revenues collected on behalf of
the Palestinian Authority. To make matters worse, Palestinians face over 500
checkpoints, roadblocks and other restrictions on movement across the
In their appeal, the twelve UN agencies and fourteen NGOs working with the Palestinians stress the growing number of people now unable to cover their daily food needs and the deterioration in basic services such as health care and education. If a political solution is not negotiated in the near future, poverty and desperation can only worsen, contributing to the further escalation of violence, said McDonough.
As a continuing
advocate of the two-state solution for the Israeli and Palestinian people, it
is more critical than ever that
This season of
religious observances including Christmas, Hanukah and Ramadan provides the
ideal opportunity for