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A retired senior counsel for the federal government has told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the controversial Netanyahu plan to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria does not violate international law

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A retired senior counsel for the federal government has told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the controversial Netanyahu plan to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria does not violate international law | Photo Credit: Marty Gold, City Circus Winnipeg Newsletter

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With increasing pressure being exerted by pro-Palestinian protesters on the Canadian government to act against Israeli annexation plans, a legal expert has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, setting out a compelling and straightforward path for the Liberal government to act as a “leading honest broker”.

Doğan Akman, a retired Senior Counsel in the Department of Justice, sent a letter to Trudeau and two other cabinet ministers setting out that they are being misled by claims the repatriation of Judea and Samaria are in breach of international law.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that a careful historical and contemporary analysis of the facts and the international law in effect between 1918 and 1948 and post-1948, the foregoing legal position is devoid of merit”, he wrote to Trudeau, Justice Minister David Lametti, and François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of External Affairs.

Although the government is being urged to impose economic or diplomatic sanctions if the Netanyahu government proceeds with its plan, Akman was of the opinion “the threat of such punitive measures will not deter Israel from proceeding with whatever final decision she will make. At all events, the parties and persons who ask you to proceed with penalties are undoubtedly not aware of the adverse impact such a measure may well have on Canada in the light of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.”

Akman seeks to ensure Canada’s foreign policy “demands a negotiated two-state solution as the best and only possible solution in securing a durable peace”, and framed the Oslo Accords as “a major and bloody disappointment for Israel as the Palestinian Authority engaged in intifadas, and continued to terrorize, injure and kill a substantial number of innocent Israeli civilians and tourists whenever and wherever they had, have or could create the opportunity to do so.”

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A former provincial court judge, Akman asserted that with few exceptions western countries “collectively shut their eyes to the criminal mischief committed by the Palestinian Authority against Israel and the Israelis. And, if this was not bad enough, these same countries provided the Palestinian Authority with generous financial assistance which enabled it, to this day, to perpetrate its many wrongdoings against Israel.” His view is that since the War of 1967 (Six Day War), peace initiatives for the region have been blocked by those same countries “while continually badgering Israel for her imaginary legal wrongdoings and demanding that she remove herself from the lands she has been maliciously accused of “occupying” unlawfully.” The United Nations also gets scorned, stating “the U.N. and the UNSC have been, and continue to be, largely responsible for the current state of affairs and the lack of a peace treaty.”

As to the prospects of a sudden reversal of dead-end tactics by the Palestinian Authority and becoming a genuine partner for peace, Akman reminded the government of the PA’s renewed allegiance with Hamas, and of the mayhem and murder, the banned terrorist group commits against southern Israel.

“In the circumstances, I verily believe that the present situation affords Canada a genuine opportunity to become a proactive honest broker by calling the Palestinian Authority to task and giving it a reality check on what it must do in order to become a credible partner to a viable peace accord.” Akman suggested. “In this regard, Canada can and must also take the lead role in calling the European Union and most of its member countries to task.”

Doğan Akman, a retired Senior Counsel in the Department of Justice, sent a letter to Trudeau and two other cabinet ministers setting out that they are being misled by claims the repatriation of Judea and Samaria are in breach of international law | Photo: Dogan Akman

Akman compiled a long list of issues the PA had to remediate “in order to have a credible peace process” and focused on eradicating the influence of Nazi jargon and tactics under their regime. Those included:

  •       De-Nazify all the P.A political parties, the P.A. government and its various emanations;
  •       Forbid any and all formal and informal private institutions, organizations, groups and individuals from engaging in neo-Nazi activities.
  •       Stop financing directly or indirectly any and all neo-Nazi activities.
  •       Admit and publish the existence, object and outcome of the Shoah in a factually accurate statement and distribute the document widely through all the educational institutions, libraries, the government and the civil service and public buildings.
  •       Stop naming schools and any other place after terrorists and Arabs who collaborated with the Nazis prior to and during World War II and remove their names from schools and places named after these persons.

Among the other conditions, he urged the Trudeau government to impose were for the PA to publicly disassociate from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and from all the terrorist groups; hold internationally supervised free elections with members of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza disqualified from the ballot; stop praising martyrdom in the killing of Israelis and Jews; and “Discontinue prospectively the “pay for slay” program”.

The longtime antisemitic allegiance between Islamist fundamentalists and Nazis is best exemplified by the meeting in 1941 between the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Adolph Hitler. | Photo credit: By Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1987-004-09A / Heinrich Hoffmann / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5483348

He also said a key to ratcheting down the bloodlust is to “remove and destroy all the school books and educational materials in the schools and all the programs of UNWRA and of the Palestinian Authority that currently violate the UNESCO Principles of Education for Peace and Tolerance by containing hateful material designed to incite religious radicalization and intolerance, and indoctrinate Palestinian students with a visceral hatred of Israel and of Jews so as to condition them to grow up to engage in violence against the Jews.”

In his conclusion, Akman exhorted Trudeau to take the opportunity to change history, saying “Your leadership in this matter will be your political legacy in foreign affairs and a priceless gift to humanity.”

See the link below for the full letter: https://www.caef.ca/post/letter-to-prime-minister-trudeau-from-dogan-akman-re-territorial-sovereignty-of-israel

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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