From: Ismail Zayid
To: Halifax Herald
Cc: Dauphinee, Bev
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 10:27 AM
Subject: The facts are clear

July 23, 2006
The Editor,
The Halifax Herald.
Dear Editor:
Mr. Eric Malloy, in his letter:{"Clouding facts" July 23}, states that my references, to Israeli violations of UN resolutions, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the International Court of Justice ruling, are clouding the facts. These facts are well documented and these violations are condemned by all international and Israeli human rights bodies.
He says that the statements, confirming Israeli racist practices against its own Muslim and Christian citizens, are propagated by Israel's opponents. The statements, in reference, are made by Israeli intellectuals and thinkers, by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Israeli High Court judges and Israeli State Committee of Inquiry.
The statement by Mr. Malloy that the Arab armies in 1948 invaded Israel is inaccurate. The facts are that before a single Arab soldier entered Palestine on May 15, 1948, the Haganah and its Zionist groups had already occupied many towns and cities, like Acre and Jaffa, which were apportioned, by the UNGA Partition Plan, for the Arab state, and had driven out, or forced to flee, over 350,000 Palestinian refugees from their homes, and more was to come, as formulated in the Plan Dalet of March 1948. The Arab armies were merely trying, unsuccessfully, to hold on to the land apportioned for the Arab state.
It has always been my opinion that Israelis and Palestinians can and will be assured peace and security if Israel would terminate completely its illegal occupation of Palestinian land and complies with international law and UN resolutions.
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, MD.