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No hope for peace
Monday night, I attended a presentation by the group Canadian Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace. Monday night I found out why there will never be peace in the land Israel/Palestine.
The purpose of the lecture
was to provide information about
People felt obliged to defend either the Israeli or Palestinian viewpoint in a "he said/she said," contemptuous style that did nothing to inform or further the debate. Some of those in attendance openly laughed at the idea that in the past, Muslims have protected Jews (it is true, people, please read your history). Others felt the need to defend those who have terrorized the citizens of a democratic state. I left the meeting early as I no longer wished to hear such hatred and saw no attempt to listen and compromise.
This acrimonious debate took
place in the safe confines of
Peter D. Tufts, Halifax
Law is not context
Iím not quite sure if A. Mark David understands international law when he describes Beit Nuba, one of the Palestinian towns destroyed by IDF forces, as being located in the "pre-1967 strategic heart of Israel" (Oct. 22 letter).
Mr. David makes much of the
fact that there were Egyptian commando units in the village. Amos Kenan, an Israeli soldier present during the operation,
said: "In the houses we found one wounded Egyptian commando officer, and
some very old people." Canadian trained Norwegian UN staff leader Odd Bull
stated that "the status quo was all the time being altered by
And Mr. David, as a Queenís
Counsel, should know that "what happened to the villages is the
unfortunate price paid by ordinary Arabs" has no basis in law whatsoever.
Acquisition of territory by force is illegal. As well, I doubt if that Egyptian
commando is still present today and since Israeli has signed a peace treaty
Miles Tompkins, Antgonish