From: Ismail Zayid
To: Globe & Mail
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 9:03 AM
Subject: The shame of Margaret Wente.
June 29, 2006
The Editor,
The Globe & Mail.
Dear Editor:
Margaret Wente, in her article attacking the United Church and CUPE, {"The shame of the United Church" June 29}, evades the facts of Israeli racist practices. These practices are not restricted to the Palestinians under its brutal and oppressive occupation but extend to Muslim and Christian Arab citizens of Israel. These racist practices are many and varied and are embedded in Israeli laws. The recent law denying its Arab citizens the right to be able to live with their spouses in their homes, if they marry Palestinians from the Occupied Territories or abroad, is a clear example of legislated racism. 
 The late Professor Israel Shahak, a Holocaust survivor and Chairperson of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights, sums it up accurately in his statement: " It is my considered opinion that the state of Israel is a racist state in the full meaning of this term. In this state, people are discriminated against, in the most permanent and legal way and in the most important areas of life, only because of their origin. This racist discrimination began in Zionism and is carried today mainly in cooperation with the institutions of the Zionist movement." {"The Racist Nature of Zionism and of the Zionist State of Israel", article published in Pi-Ha'aton, the weekly newspaper of the students of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Nov.5, 1975}.
Derek Tozer, an Israeli thinker, stated : " The official policy of the government[of Israel] is unequivocal. Arabs,like the Jews in Nazi Germany, are officially 'class B' citizens, a fact which is recorded on their identity cards."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, during a Christmas visit to Jerusalem in 1989, stated: " I am a black South African, and if I were to change names, a description of what is happening in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, could describe events in South Africa."
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, MD.