From: Ismail Zayid

To: Globe& Mail

Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 10:07 AM

Subject: Nice try,Uri, but we are Palestinians.

 

July 9,2002

 

The Editor,

The Globe & Mail.

 

Dear Editor:

 

Uri Dromi's comment {"Nice try,Yasser,but we are Israeli" July 9} calls for a reply.

 

I used to have a home, that my father built, and your Israeli troops demolished it, together with my entire village, Beit Nuba. They are still daily demolishing Palestinians' homes, stealing their land , uprooting their trees and mercilessly humiliating and murdering the young and the old. Is this what they are offering me out of their goodwill, and expect my thanks? The Palestinians, too, will manage to keep a stiff upper lip.

 

You speak of the Clinton-Barak  plan as " the most generous offer." Since when has returning part of a stolen property to its rightful owners been considered a generous act ? Since when has a bantustan-type structure, controlled by Israel, can be called a viable Palestinian state?

 

Your objection to allow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be subject to an international body, including the UN, emanates from Israeli policy, supported by your dedicated ally the US, of continuing defiance of international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and repeated Security Council resolutions.

 

I assure you, Uri, to quote your own words, that "Nothing good will ever come to either Israelis or Palestinians as long this is allowed to continue." Peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians will come about only if Israel accepts international law and complies with UN resolutions, so that the Palestinians are allowed a modicum of justice in their own land.

 

Yours sincerely.

 

Ismail Zayid, M.D.