From: Ismail Zayid
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 12:39 PM
Subject: Fw: Israel and International law.

Feb. 26,2003
The Editor
The Halifax Herald.
Dear Editor:
William Safire :{"The other war" Feb. 25} makes outrageous comments about Palestinians and Arabs. Ariel Sharon, who he vigourously applauds, is the same man who has been held responsible for the slaughter of thousands of innocent Palestinians in many massacres,including the Qibya massacre,in 1953, and the massacres of Sabra and Shatiila,in 1982, and for which he has been indicted as a war criminal.
There is not a single word,in Mr. Safire's tirade, about Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territory that has been allowed to stand for over 35 years, in violation of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. There is not a single word about Israeli violations of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention, violations that are tantamount to war crimes, as defined by international law. He should be aware that ,in accordance with UN Charter, all people under foreign occupation are entitled to resist such occupation by all means they have.
If Mr. Safire is concerned for Israeli security, he should call on his friend Sharon to implement UN resolutions and withdraw completely from all occupied territories.
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid,MD