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The Palestinian-Israel conflict and the second statement of Minister of Global Affairs                                 

On May 12, 2021, Marc Garneau, delivered a five paragraph statement which finally mentions and criticises Hamas. But, it was only in the context of the war it triggered, forgetting the highly destructive role played by it in the mayhem which it caused at Al-Aqsa, Temple Mount and Sheik Jarrah causing pain and injury to innocent Palestinians and Israeli Jewish victims, not to mention, to members of the Israeli law enforcement units. 

The statement reads:

“Canada has been following the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza with grave concern. We are appalled by the ongoing violence, rising tensions, and loss of life, including children. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and their loved ones. Canada urges all parties to take immediate steps to end the violence, de-escalate tensions, protect civilians, and uphold international law. We stand firmly with the Israeli and Palestinian peoples in their right to live in peace, security, with dignity, without fear, and with their human rights respected.” 

He forgot to mention that                                                               

a) All the children involved were killed by Hamas, and

b) Israel did not breach the rights of the Palestinian peoples to live in peace, security and dignity, without fear and with their human rights respected.

The breach of the said rights was self-inflicted by the Palestinian thugs and rioters who caused the violence; and surely, standing by the enumerated rights without doing anything about the source of the problem, the P.A. and Hamas is merely posturing.

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Garneau pronounced:

“The indiscriminate barrage of rocket attacks fired by Hamas into populated areas of Israel is absolutely unacceptable and must cease immediately. Canada supports Israel’s right to live in peace with its neighbours within secure boundaries and recognizes Israel’s right to assure its own security.”   

The earth shattering new element in this second statement is the Minister’s long overdue acknowledgment of Hamas’ “unacceptable” behaviour.                                                   

But then again, given the facts pertaining to Hamas’ way of conducting the war, he could not have ignored the matter.             

Unacceptable?  Surely, this characterisation of Hamas’s way of conducting the war must be the understatement of the year. Surely these are war crimes. But having made this minimum concession, the Minister had nothing further to say about Hamas, let alone address the serious war crimes it committed during the war it unprovoked yet again.                                                 

“Canada is deeply disturbed by the completely unacceptable violence in Jerusalem, including in and around al-Aqsa. These events are especially upsetting during the Holy month of Ramadan. Places of worship are for people to gather for peaceful reflection and should never be sites of violence. It is crucial to respect the sanctity and safety of holy sites. Violence in and around the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount must stop.”   

I agree save for the fact that the Minister fails to identify that the authors of the violence, are Palestinians. 

Thus, Garneau treated Israel and the P.A. as the two sides of the same coin. 

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He concluded his statement:

“Canada remains gravely concerned by the continued expansion of settlements, and by the demolitions and evictions, including the ongoing cases in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. These actions impact families and livelihoods and do not serve peace or international law. Unilateral actions that prejudge the outcome of direct negotiations and further jeopardize the prospects for a two-state solution must be avoided.”  

Here is the Minister making, at best, uninformed statements of fact about the alleged evictions at Sheik Jarrah. Originally, the hardship, adverse impacts on the families and livelihoods, if any, was caused by the tenants’ refusal to pay rent to the lawful Jewish owners of the buildings.

Subsequently, the alleged hardships, adverse impacts on the families and livelihoods were caused, compounded and aggravated by the Palestinian Authority which did not want these families to settle the matter by agreeing to pay rent and high jacked the case off their hands. 

Neither did Hamas want to see the matter settled. At all events, successive Israeli governments starting with former Prime Minister Netanyahu refused to allow the issuance of any eviction notices.

Insofar as Silwan is concerned, even in an instance where the Court issued an eviction order, it suspended the execution of the order indefinitely, in the hope and expectation that the matter could still be settled out of court.

The Iron Dome defence technology in action, defending Israel from rockets fired by terrorists in Gaza. (Screencap: YouTube)

2022- A year later, Canada, as the rest of the western world, could think of anything to say when Hamas engages in house demolitions and land grab which destroyed the houses on the Bedouin village and forcibly evicted the villagers in the most inhumane fashion. It has been reported that there are 28 more villages slated for demolition on the pretext that they were illegally built on public lands. Khaled Abu Toameh, Palestinians:  The House Demolitions and Land-Grabs No One Talks About, Gatestone Institute, June 16, 2022.

Nor did the Minister say a word about the unprovoked rioting of Israeli Arabs in Haifa, Lod and other Israeli locations.  Instead of urging the Palestinians to stop rioting, engaging in violence and destroying Israeli property including synagogues, the Minister, yet again put these rioters on the same footing as the Israeli law and order forces which made it a point to deal sternly with the group of Jewish zealots who joined the battle in its last few days.

The concluding two paragraphs of Garneau’s statement read: 

 “Canada is committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel. Canada reiterates its call for the immediate de-escalation of tensions and an end to the violence.

“With Israeli and Palestinian youth and future generations top of our mind, we urge all parties to renew their commitment to peace and security. We will always stand ready to support efforts for a two-state solution.”

All and all, these pronouncements are issued by a government, which, in the first, but, interestingly enough not in the second statement, claims to be a close friend and ally of Israel. 

For the writer, these Ministerial statements plus Canada’s voting in favour of a mindless UNGA  anti-Israeli resolution concerning the Palestinians bring to mind the old question as to whether one would buy a used car from this government. 

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs. 

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