From:   "Ismail Zayid" izayid@hfx.eastlink.ca
Date:   Wed Mar 27 17:27:17 2002
To:   "Robinson, Svend - M.P." <Robinson.S@parl.gc.ca>
Subject:   Re: Middle East

 

Dear Svend:

Thank you for your message and your courageous stand in opposing the
oppression of the Palestinian people and the persistent violation of their
human rights under the illegal occupation that has been allowed to stand for
35 years. Your stand displays integrity and courage.

Your voice is almost a lone voice, and that is a sad reflection on our
country and the falsehood of our continuing bragging about support for UN
Charter and human rights.

Yours sincerely,

Ismail Zayid





----- Original Message -----
From: "Robinson, Svend - M.P." <Robinson.S@parl.gc.ca>
To: <izayid@hfx.eastlink.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 8:45 PM
Subject: Middle East


> Dear friend,
>
> Thank you for contacting me regarding the recent developments in Occupied
> Palestine and Israel.
>
> On March 18, 2002, I called upon the Canadian government to take a strong
> stance against Israel's human rights violations, at the current meeting of
> the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva (please see the
> press release and copy of my question to the Prime Minister in the House
of
> Commons in a subsequent email).  Such a stance would be fully in agreement
> with the Government of Canada's foreign policy statement, in which it
claims
> to regard "respect for human rights not only as a fundamental value, but
> also as a crucial element in the development of stable, democratic and
> prosperous societies at peace with each other."  Unfortunately, the
Liberals
> seem to ignore their own foreign policy statement on a regular basis.  I
> will be in Geneva attending the UNCHR meeting next month, and I will urge
> the Canadian delegation to uphold Canada's respect for the primacy of
human
> rights and international law, particularly in regards to resolutions
> concerning Occupied Palestine and Israel.
>
> The Government of Canada has often paid lip service to the suffering of
> millions of Palestinians by making statements calling on Israel and the
> Palestinians to stop the violence, but it remains silent regarding the
> grievous injustice which causes the violence - the illegal Israeli
> occupation of Palestine.  Yet until Canada and the world compel Israel to
> abide by UN Resolutions 194 and 242 which call for an end to occupation
and
> the return of Palestinian refugees, and until there is real respect for
> human rights, a just peace in the Middle East cannot be expected.
>
> My New Democrat colleagues and I share the vision of UN Security Council
> Resolution 1397 (2002), which affirms the right for the two states of
> Palestine and Israel to exist securely side-by-side, within
internationally
> accepted borders.  The first step towards achieving this objective is
> clearly the withdrawal of Israeli military forces from Occupied Palestine,
> and the cessation of the violence it engenders.  Until this happens,
Canada
> should help to protect the Palestinians by advocating the deployment of an
> international peacekeeping force to the region.
>
> Thank you once again for contacting me on this important issue.  Please be
> assured that I will continue to monitor the situation in Occupied
Palestine
> very carefully, and will urge the Canadian government to assert its
> influence in the effort to achieve an end to the occupation.
>
> Sincerely yours,
>
> Svend J Robinson, MP
> Burnaby-Douglas
>
> SJR/drf
> CEP 232