From: Ismail Zayid
To: The Halifax Herald
Cc: Beverley Dauphinee
Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2002 10:38 PM
Subject: Zionist diatribe.

24 Aug. 2002
The Editor,
The Halifax Herald.
Dear Editor:
Ms. Honey's diatribe: {" Palestine a region" Aug.24} defies credibility and insults the intelligence of The Herald's readers.
Palestine has been known and documented as a country for many centuries, despite its being subjected to many successive foreign invasions. The maps and documents of the Ottoman era show conclusively Palestine as an entity distinct from what became known as Transjordan. Historians of all backgrounds recognise this historic fact.
As to the Palestinian people, their roots in this land are recorded by historians. Professor Maxime Rodinson, Professor of History at the Sorbonne University in Paris, and who is Jewish, stated : " The Arab population of Palestine was native in all senses of the word and their roots in Palestine can be traced back at least forty centuries." The noted British historian Professor Arnold Toynbee, in reference to the Balfour Declaration, where Lord Balfour, in 1917, was making an extraordinary act of 'generosity', at the Palestinian people's expense, "to establish in Palestine a national home for the Jewish people", stated : "We [the British] were taking it upon ourselves to give away something that was not ours to give. We were promising rights of some kind in the Palestinian Arabs' country to a third party."
The horrors of the conflict that people are watching today are a direct outcome of Israel's policy of ethnic cleansing and illegal occupation of the Palestinians' land, in violation of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. This occupation is practicing the most violent acts of repression , state terrorism and war crimes, as confirmed by Human Rights Watch, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem and many international human rights bodies, all in violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Palestinians are resisting this foreign occupation of their land, as they are entitled to do, in accordance with international law and the UN Charter,
Yours Sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, M.D.