Canada Palestine Association
POBox 1085
Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1
20 Aug. 2001
The Right Hon. Mr. Jean Chretien
The Prime Minister, Ottawa
Dear Mr. Chretien:
Your statement on Aug. 9, related to the bomb attack in Jerusalem, demonsrates a new dimension in selective humanity and double standards.
Abhorent as is the killing of innocent civilians, be they Israelis or Palestinians, it is remarkable that we have not heard of your outrage and condemnation of the killing of innocent Palestinians, by Israeli forces or settlers. We assume that you do not consider the ground-to- ground missiles, or rockets from F16's or Apache helicopter gunships, killing and mutilating Palestinian men,women and children, as 'cowardly', but evidently the height of bravery and courage on the part of the pilots and the politicians, who dispatch them.
Mr. Chretien, it is outrageous for our country to continue to condone Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian land with the associated brutal repression and violation of the human rights of Palestinians, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions and the Fourth Geneva Convention. International law and UN resolutions entitle all people to resist foreign occupation. We all supported the French resistance fighters against the Nazi foreign occupation.
We call on our government to condemn Israel's illegal occupation and defiance of international law and call for an immediate withdrawal of an occupation that has been allowed to stand for over 34 years. This is the surest way for peace and security for all people in the Holy Land.
Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association