Thursday, July 20, 2006

Please consider faxing this letter, calling or emailing

At the very least please consider cutting and pasting this letter as is into your e-mail and sending it within the next 24 hours. don't forget to change the sign off to your own name.

You can send it to these e-mails: pm@pm.gc.ca, Harper.S@parl.gc.ca, MacKay.P@parl.gc.ca, laytoj@parl.gc.ca
or you can call them and yell at them or fax them at these numbers
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada,
Telephone: 613 -992-4211
Fax: 613-941-6900
Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Telephone: (613) 992-6022
Fax: (613) 992-2337

Dear Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay,
I am writing to inform you of how appalled I am with your position on the current crisis in the Middle East. The ignorance of your statements is shocking and extremely disappointing. They have been entirely lacking in balance, in basic knowledge of the region's history, in respect for international law, and in basic compassion for human suffering.
Israel has invaded a sovereign country, is bombarding civilian areas indiscriminately, has systematically destroyed land, sea and air routes out of the country. It is holding all of the people of Lebanon under siege. Entire families have been murdered, buried under their houses, fleeing in cars, walking on the streets.
Statements by Mr. Harper in London, England early last week, condoning the Israeli military assault on Lebanon and characterizing them as legitimate self-defense and "measured" are proof of this government's shameful response to these events. The above position is an extraordinary claim given that these “measured” responses have killed numerous Canadians and cause hundreds of Lebanese civilians to die. In addition these attacks have destroyed a country that has only recently neared the completion of a reconstruction project that
has taken decades. All of this has occurred on the pretext of the capture of three of Israel’s soldiers. Again that this response is “measured” is laughable.
Peter MacKay's July 12 statement condemning Hizbullah and calling on the governments of Lebanon, Syria and Iran to take measures to bring an end to the crisis, made no mention of the civilian targets of Israel's aggression. Not one word was directed at Israel. These statements are tantamount to condoning state crimes, state terror, the disregard of international law and conventions. The appalling lack of regard for non-Israeli lives in the Middle East is mirrored by the statements of your government.
As Israel demands the implementation of UN Resolution 1559 from 2004, that among many things, calls for the disarmament of Hezbollah, there is no acknowledgement that Israel itself fails to respect the multiple resolutions adopted by the UN decades ago in favour of the rights of the Palestinian people. The international community, or which your government is an active
member, fails to enforce them. The non-application of these resolutions - most importantly that of UN Resolution 242, that for close to 40 years has called for the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the territories occupied in 1967 - is the context of the current conflict. A context that this government fails to acknowledge.
Any claim that Canada is a peace loving nation is fast becoming a frivolous one. This government’s alliance with American and Israeli interests is shameful. I demand that Canada immediately and forcefully condemn Israeli war crimes and that Israel immediately cease its aggression towards Lebanon and Gaza and immediately withdraw. I demand that Canada forcefully condemn Israeli contempt for international law and demand that Israel work towards peace by releasing all Palestinian and Lebanese political prisoners; dismantle the apartheid
wall; withdraw from occupied Palestine; and grant the right of return of all Palestinian refugees to their homes.

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