From: Ismail Zayid
To: Halifax Herald
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2005 10:57 PM
Subject: Maple Flag Excercise.
May 28, 2005
The Editor,
The Halifax Herald.
Dear Editor:
It is perhaps time for Mr. Forsythe {Letter "Irrelevant to issue", May 28} to come to learn that Canadians of conscience have not only the right but the duty to object to our government's actions condoning war crimes and violation of international law. It is not only Palestinians but other Canadians, including Members of Parliament, who are outraged by our government inviting the Israeli Air Force to participate in the Maple Flag excercise.
  Mr. Forsythe may be right in his claim that "the Israelis are are arguably some of the best pilots in the world". This skill is the outcome of the virtually daily violation of Lebanese air space and bombardment of defenceless Palestinian refugee camps and towns demolishing homes, killing innocent men ,women and children and executing extra-judicial assassination. These acts are in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and are defined by international law as war crimes.
It is our hope that our air force is not in need to learn these Israeli air force practices. We trust that our government will not condone these crimes and will adhere to the claim that it upholds international law and human rights.
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, M.D.