From: Ismail Zayid
To: Globe& Mail
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 12:24 PM
Subject: Falsehoods galore.

Oct. 16, 2002
The Editor,
The Globe & Mail
Dear Editor:
The falsehoods that Norman Spector { "When Sharon meets Bush" Oct. 16} piles up ,in the defense of Israel, defy credibility.
He accuses Mr. Blair of drawing a false parallel between UN resolutions that demand Israeli and Iraqi compliance. In a sense, that is correct. Israel stands in defiance of scores of Security Council resolutions, for over 50 years. These include two Security Council resolutions ordered during the last few months, namely # 1405 ordering a team of UN inspectors to investigate the war crimes committed by Israel in Jenin, and Resolution # 1435, ordering Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian cities and towns in the illegally occupied West Bank and Gaza. None have been complied with.
He speaks of Israel as a democracy. Israel is  a democracy for Jews only. Its Arab citizens are denied all basic rights. Israel is as much a democracy as Apartheid South Africa was a demoracy for whites only. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu accurately described Israel as an apartheid state; they knew what they were speaking of.
He accuses Saudi Arabia of sending its 15 citizens to commit terrorist attacks against the US. The Saudi government was not a party to the horrendous 9/11 attack that its citizens participated in. He makes no mention of the acts of terrorism that the Israeli government planned and executed against its closest ally, the US. In 1954 the Israeli government sent its agents who bombed US diplomatic offices in Alexandria and Cairo [the Lavon Affair] so as to blame it on Egypt. Israel honored later the perpetrator, Macello Ninio. On June 8, 1967 Israeli forces attacked the USS Liberty, killing 34 Americans and injured 171.
You describe Mr. Spector as having served as ambassador to Israel. It would have been more accurate to describe him as having served and continues to serve as ambassador for Israel.
Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid.