Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2002 3:56 PM
Subject: CANADA EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT VIOLENCE
IN THE GAZA STRIP
The Hon. Mr. Bill Graham,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dear Mr. Graham:
We appreciate your concern about the 'incursions' by Israeli
forces and the " ensuing violence, including the deaths and wounding of many
However, we continue to be puzzled by your continuing
reference to "terrorist violence", presumably Palestinian acts, as you regularly
describe them. As to your statement that you " support Israel's right to self
defence", this defies credibility. Israel is in illegal
occupation of Palestinian territory for 35 years, in defiance
of repeated Security Council resolutions. Throughout this period,
Israel has been in violation of virtually every article of the
Fourth Geneva Convention. Canada, as one of the High
Contracting Parties, has the obligation, under Article # 1,
of this convention, to act to bring to an end these violations.
An occupying power cannot claim self
defence, and all peoples under foreign occupation, including
even the Palestinian people, have the right to defend
themselves, in accordance with the UN Charter.
It is time that this practice of double standards is brought
to an end, and our country practices what it claims to uphold.
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.
October 8, 2002 (3:00 p.m. EDT) No.
CANADA EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT VIOLENCE
IN THE GAZA STRIP
Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham today responded with concern to the
recent incursions by Israeli forces into the Gaza Strip and the ensuing
violence, including the deaths and wounding of many Palestinian civilians.
"While we condemn terrorist violence and support Israel's right to
self-defence, we also urge Israel to give full consideration to the consequences
of its actions and to refrain, in particular, from using force in built-up areas
of civilian population," said Minister Graham.
The Minister urged both parties to comply with their obligations, including
the protection of civilians, and to avoid any actions that could inflame the
situation. Both parties should instead pursue actions consistent with the goal
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