From: Ismail Zayid
To: Globe& Mail
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 3:45 PM
Subject: Strange logic.

Canada Palestine Association,
P.O.Box, 1085,
Halifax, N.S., B3J 2X1
19 Feb. 2004
The Editor,
The Globe And Mail.
Your editorial, {"The Israeli barrier doesn't belong in court" Feb. 19}, makes strange logic. Since when has violation of international law been deemed outside the subject of international law ? The International Court of Justice is an international court that functions as a legal advisor to the UN on conflicts related to international law.
You state: "Israel has the right to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks." If Israel is truly concerned about the security of its citizens, all it needs to do is to immediately terminate its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories, that has been allowed to stand, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions for 37 years. Furthermore, the building of this wall on Palestinian land, as well as the creation of illegal Jewish settlements on expropriated Palestinian land is a violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, which is defined by international law as war crimes.
How long must Israel remain above international law?
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.