Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Canada wrote a letter to the National Post today in response to an article by Israel's ambassador to Canada that criticizes "Israel Apartheid Week" recently held on Canadian university campuses.
The Saudi ambassador tells Canadians that the truth is out there about the reality of what's going on in Israel.
Re: the poisonous myth of 'Israeli Apartheid,' Alan Baker, Feb 14.
While I acknowledge the Israeli ambassador's right to defend his country with respect to the "Israeli Apartheid Week" recently hosted by several Canadian universities, I don't think that he has the right to somehow implicate and attack the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in his article. The fact that his country is considered an apartheid regime has absolutely nothing to do with Saudi Arabia.
When I arrived in Canada I quickly realized that this country has a deep-rooted history of high principles and values and that everyone is equal before the law in terms of their rights and obligations. In this same spirit, I tried to avoid getting involved in confrontations with any of my colleagues, knowing that there is no such thing as absolute truth.
Thus, I was very keen not to get involved in any frictions with the Israeli ambassador, as I am convinced that the reality on the ground is sufficient enough to condemn Israel's conscience without any further contribution form my part.
For this reason, I leave it up to readers to learn about the reality on the ground in Israel by referring, for instance, to the American peace activist Rachel Corrie on the internet or Palestine: Peace not Apartheid by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.
Abdulaziz H. Al-Sowayegh.
ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Canada, Ottawa.