Canada Palestine Association,
P.O.Box 1085,
Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1

April 15, 2004

The Hon. Mr. Bill Graham,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Dear Mr. Graham:

The statements by President Bush, allowing Israel to annex the illegal settlements in the West Bank, is a blatant violation of international law. The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza are under illegal Israeli occupation that has been allowed to stand for 37 years, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. These settlements are illegal as defined by Security Council resolution #465 (1980), and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and constitute war crimes, as defined by international law. No government, including the US government, is entitled to grant Israel what it is not entitled to. Complete withdrawal from these illegally-occupied territories should be an imperative, that requires no negotiation, as was practised with the illegal occupation of Kuwait, by Iraq, in 1990. The incredible justification of this annexation on the basis of the so-called " new realities on the ground", is providing a license for further invasion and annexation of other territory, based on creating new facts on the ground.

Similarly, the Right of Return for the Palestinian refugees to their homes is an inalienable right based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the repeatedly reaffirmed UN Resolution #194. This is an individual right and no authority has the right to dismiss it.

We, thus, call on our government to strongly condemn the Bush/Sharon agreement, in recognition of our country's pride in upholding the UN Charter and international law, and call for the complete withdrawal of Israeli forces. Furthermore, on the basis of our obligation under Article #1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, we call upon our government to call for action against the continuing Israeli violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Yours sincerely,

Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.

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