Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 9:15 AM
Subject: Fw: Balfour the Second.
The Guardian Weekly.
In granting Sharon and Israeli settlers the right to annex
Palestinian territory, Mr. Bush is acting in the same manner as Arthur Balfour
did in 1917. Those who do not own give a free generous gift to those who are
not entitled to it. The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza are under
oppressive illegal occupation that has been allowed to stand for 37 years in
defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. Full
Israeli withdrawal is an imperative that requires no negotiation.
The statement, by Bush, that :" In light of new realities on
the ground, including already existing major Israeli population centres, it is
unrealistic to expect....a full and complete return to the armistice lines of
1949", is a license for renewed Israeli expansionism in neighbouring Arab
territories. The settlements are illegal and stand in violation of Security
Council resolution #465, of 1980, and the Fourth Geneva Convention,
and thus tantamount to war crimes, as defined by international
law. For interest, the armistice lines of 1949 are, in
themselves, illegitimate and in violation of the UN resolution # 181, of
The Right of Return for the Palestinian refugees
to their homes, which Mr. Bush chooses to annul, is an inalienable right fully
affirmed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
repeated UN resolutions.