Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2001 9:32 PM
Subject: Re: Canada's Deafening Silence.

Dear Mr. Clark:
Thank you for your letter. As you say, say we must all strive for peace. But there has to be a modicum of justice for the Palestinian people, who have been uprooted from their homes and remain under illegal occupation. For without justice, I am afraid, there will be no peace for Arab or Jew in the Middle East.
Furthermore, I, too, commend Mr. Casey on his effort, and we have been in contact on this issue and are planning to meet shortly.
Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2001 7:05 PM
Subject: RE: Canada's Deafening Silence.

Dear Dr. Zayid,
          Thank you for your e-mail.  I appreciate your taking the time and the effort to write to me and share your concerns.

            We, as Canadians, must continue to work to help the two sides find mutually beneficial solutions to these complex problems.  To that end, as you may be aware, our Progressive Conservative Foreign Affairs Critic, MP Bill Casey, recently spearheaded a mission to the region and gained agreement from both sides for an interparliamentary conference, including both Israelis and Palestinians, to be held in Halifax.  I commend Mr. Casey on his efforts.  Though we do not expect these efforts to achieve peace, we do believe that much can be accomplished just in keeping the two sides in a dialogue.  Negotiation and peaceful compromise cannot occur without communication.  I hope you will join me in offering your support to the efforts of Mr. Casey and the others who have worked so hard to bring this conference together.

            Thank you again for your correspondence.

                                                                        Best wishes,



                                                                        Joe Clark

-----Original Message-----
From: Ismail Zayid []
Sent: July 11, 2001 7:26 PM
Cc:;; William Casey; The Hon. Ms. Alexa McDonough;; Mr. Jean Chretien M.P.
Subject: Canada's Deafening Silence.

Canada Palestine Association
P.O.Box 1085
Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1
The Hon. Mr. John Manley
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
July 11, 2001
Dear Mr. Manley:
It is difficult to believe how Israel's continuing brutal demolition of Palestinian homes in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, remains unnoticed by our government. This deafening silence is in clear contrast to our continuing claims that we are a nation which upholds international law and cares for human rights internationally. Israel's continuing extra-judicial murder 'assasination' of Palestinians, demolition of their homes and the whole cascade of violation of the human rights of Palestinians, under illegal occupation, are in clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which both Israel and Canada are signatories. Need I remind you that the refugees, whose homes are again being demolished are those who have already been uprooted from their homes 53 years ago and remain to this day as refugees awaiting the international conscience, if it exists, to apply pressure on Israel to allow them the right to return to their homes, in compliance with repeated UN resolutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
How long must Israel be allowed to remain above international law and our government, amongst others, remain completely silent?
Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.