Voice of the People|
In his column, "A terrorist's a terrorist: Isn't he/she?" (Sept.
28), Basil Deakin presents an interesting analysis of the term
"terrorist," using the Oxford English Dictionary definition of the
term: "a person who uses or favours violent and intimidating methods
of coercing a government or community." In his analysis, he includes
reference to Palestinians, amongst others.
Would he, or CanWest, apply the terrorist term to the Israeli
pilot who, in his Apache or F16, pours tons of bombs on refugee
camps, killing scores of innocent men, women and children; or the
pilot who uses his rockets to execute extra-judicial assassination
of individuals in cars travelling on Gaza streets and killing
innocent bystanders? Would he apply the same term to the Israeli
political leader who authorizes his bulldozers to demolish homes and
leave thousands homeless?
As to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, it
should be remembered that they have been subjected to an illegal
oppressive occupation, that has been allowed to stand for 37 years
in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council
resolutions. International law and the UN Charter entitle all
people, including even the Palestinian people, to resist foreign
occupation. We all hailed the French and other Europeans who
resisted, with all their means, the foreign Nazi occupation.
It is unfortunate that the Palestinians do not have the Apaches
and F16s, and resort, in response to their daily humiliation, by
using the tragic suicide bombing. The killing of innocent Israeli or
Palestinian civilians is reprehensible and must be brought to an end
by the complete termination of the illegal occupation.
Ismail Zayid, MD, Halifax