Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 3:23 PM
Subject: Where does Canada stand?
Canada Palestine Association
Halifax, NS. B3J 2X1
The Hon. Mr. Bill Graham MP,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dear Mr. Graham:
Israeli defiance of Security Council resolutions and rejection
of the UN fact-finding commission, to look into Israeli wanton attacks in Jenin
and many cities and towns in the occupied territories, makes a mockery of
UN credibility. The crimes, that the UN commission
proposed to examine, include reports, by UN special envoy, Amnesty
International, International Committe of Red Cross [ICRC] and many neutral
observers, of indiscriminate murder, destruction, denial of access
to medical care and deprivation of all basic elements of survival,
in violation of all articles of the Fourth Geneva
Convention. Such violations constitute war crimes. These
crimes must not be allowed to be covered up, giving a licence for Sharon to
continue his murder and destruction in the occupied territories.
The Israeli rejection of the UN fact -finding commission is
clearly condoned by the US. This contrasts with the US and UK reported threats
of war against Iraq for a similar act for denying the admission of UN inspection
team, based on a similar Security Council resolution. Accordingly, are
we to understand that the US, and its allies, propose now to wage war or even
economic sanctions against Israel, for its rejection of the UN commission? Alas,
this recent Security Council resolution is only one amongst scores of UN and
Security Council resolutions that Israel has continued to defy for decades.
How long must Israel be allowed to remain above international law and this
practice of double standards continue?
We call on our government, as one of the High Contracting
parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to condemn this violation of
international law and act to bring an end to the crimes against humanity that
are being committed by Israel in the illegally occupied territories. The
complete termination of this illegal occupation is the only
way to bring peace to the Middle East and security for
Palestinians and Israelis.
President, Canada Palestine Association.