Globe & Mail: Condoning war crimes

July 22, 2006.

The Editor,
The Globe & Mail.

Dear Editor:

In your editorial, "Israel and Hezbollah" July 22, you state: "... an immediate ceasefire could do more harm than good". It is simply outrageous to condone the massive destruction of Lebanon, the murder of hundreds and the continuing Israeli war crimes.

You describe Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1978 and 1982, 1993 and 1996. as a response to cross-border attacks on Israel. That is completely false and the historic facts ascertain that. Hezbollah was created after Israeli invasion in 1982, to resist this illegal occupation. During these invasions, Israel orchestrated and committed massive massacres, including the Sabra and Shatilla massacres,in 1982, and the Qana massacre in 1996. These massacres have been condemned by the UN and massive Israeli public crowds and human rights groups.

You refer to Lebanese non-compliance with Security Council resolution #1559, but make no mention of the scores of UNGA and Security Council resolutions that Israel continues to defy, including its illegal occupation of Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese territory that has been allowed to stand for 39 years.

How long must Israel be allowed to remain above international law?


Ismail Zayid

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