It is no longer adequate for Canada to ignore the multiple violations of Palestinian human rights by the Israeli Government. Canada must go beyond statements of concern and work with the international community to condemn forced evictions, settlement building, unequal treatment, attacks on journalists, the bombing of humanitarian and medical facilities, the loss of civilian lives, and to require that international law be upheld.
It is critical that our government immediately condemn the occupation and the illegal settlements. There can be no resolution of the issues, as long as Israel absorbs the very land intended for a Palestinian state, and displaces Palestinian residents with Israeli settlers.
Canada must expressly insist that Israel respect international law when in conflict. After all, the Geneva Convention is Canadian as well as international law.