Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 2:25
Subject: How about international law
Canada Palestine Association,
June 2, 2003
The Globe & Mail
In your editorial [ "Along the hard road to Mideast peace" June
2}, you describe well the tragic manifestations of this bitter conflict.
You,then, proceed to propose a solution along the Barak and Clinton schemes,
which fall very short of the minimal requirements of international law, let
alone those of the long oppressed and dispossessed Palestinian people.
Israel stands in illegal occupation of the West Bank, including
East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, for 36 years in defiance of international
law and repeated Security Council resolutions.
In dismissing the Palestinian refugees right of
return, you are legitimising ethnic cleansing and denying these
refugees their inalienable right of return to their homes, as defined by
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and repeated UN
To secure peace and security for Israelis, Palestinians and the
entire area of the Middle East, let alone the world at large, it is
imperative that there is complete Israeli withdrawal from the
illegally occupied territories, dismantlement of all Israeli
settlements, which are all illegal, and allowing the refugees the rght of choice
to return to their homes or accept compensation, as stipulated in UN
Evidently General Montgomery understood the
situation in Palestine well, as did President Franklin Roosevelt,
who stated on March 5, 1945: " A Zionist state in Palestine
can only be installed and maintained by force, and we should not be a party to
Ismail Zayid, M.D.
President Canada Palestine Association.