From: Ismail Zayid
To: Art Eggleton,M.P.
Cc: Geoff. Regan ; Mr. Bill Graham ; The Hon. Ms. Alexa McDonough ; ; Right Hon. Paul Martin MP
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 10:18 PM
Subject: Lopsided realities.

Canada Palestine Association,
POBox, 1085,
Halifax, N.S., B3J 2X1
19 Feb. 2004
The Hon. Mr. Art Eggleton,M.P.
The House of Commons.
Dear Mr. Eggleton:
Your comment, in The House of Commons, on the statement made by The Hon. Mr. Pat O'Brien, is lacking in factual content.
You state: " We have to remember the realities that have forced Israel to build its 'protective barrier'[sic]". Yes, indeed, we have to remember these realities. Israel stands today, and for 37 years, in illegal occupation of Palestinian territories, in violation of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. During this period, the Palestinian people have been subjected to the most oppressive practices, including extra-judicial assassination, detention without charge or trial, torture, daily humiliation, demolition of thousands of their homes and expropriation of their property, for the creation of illegal Jewish settlements, in violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and defined by international law as war crimes. These practices have been condemned by all international human rights organisations, including the UN Human Rights Commission, International Committee of Red Cross, Amnesty International and Israeli human rights groups, including B'Tselem, Gush Shalom and Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights. The description of the conditions the Palestinians are made to live under, as 'concentration camps',  is the reality that you are unable to see. It is a description that has been applied to the suffocating encirclement, that the Palestinians live under, by many of the human rights groups mentioned above.
You speak of Israeli casualties, but make no mention of many more Palestinian casualties, who do not seem to matter in your calculations.
If Israel truly wants to ensure security for its citizens, all it has to do is to terminate immediately and completely its illegal occupation of Palestinian land, that has been allowed to stand for 37 years. This has been allowed to continue because of the hyopcritical policies of the powers that claim to be the leaders of the free world and advocates of democracy and human rights.
Our country, Canada, brags about upholding the UN Charter and human rights, yet, sadly, we see some of our political leaders continue to defend Israeli oppressive practices and violation of international law. We call on our government, and Israel's apologists, to practice what they claim and adhere to the principle of the humanity of all peoples, regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliation.
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, M.D.
President, Canada Palestine Association.